Dr. Hauke Dorsch

Research interests
African Diaspora, African Popular Music, World Music, Performance, Multi-sited Research, Cultural Studies, Post-Colonialism

Research areas
Western and Southern Africa, Cuba, USA, Germany


Anthropology of Music Lecture Series and Master Class
'Attending to the Moment: Aesthetics, Politics, Sound'
Anthropology of Music Lecture Series and Master Class, July 13-15th 2022, JGU Mainz

We are happy to announce our 3rd “Anthropology of Music Lecture Series and Master Class”. This year’s event is entitled 'Attending to the Moment: Aesthetics, Politics, Sound‘. Louise Meintjes will be the triple keynote speaker of the Lecture Series and and main discussant of the Master Class. In the framework of what she calls an "ethical analysis of sound“, she will explore the complex entanglements of political and aesthetic arenas by attending to the moment and making it resonate in ethnographic description. The three lectures are open to the public; for more information, please visit our website or check out the flyer.

Current Publications

Dorsch, Hauke, 2021: Diasporizing Tradition. Griots and Scholars in the Black Atlantic. Working Papers of the Department of Anthropology and African Studies of the Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz 200. https://www.ifeas.uni-mainz.de/files/2022/11/AP-200.pdf

Dorsch, Hauke, 2021: Diasporizando a Tradição. Griots e Estudiosos no Atlântico Negro. Contemporânea 86, 203–206. https://www.contemporanea.ufscar.br/index.php/contemporanea/article/view/1013.

Dorsch, Hauke mit Isabelle Jonveaux and Katrin Langewiesche, 2020: La kora et l’imaginaire musical dans le monde et dans le cloître. Perspectives de recherche. Hermès 86, 201–204. https://www.cairn.info/revue-hermes-la-revue-2020-1-page-203.htm?ref=doi

Anthropology of Music Lecture Series and Master Class

In summer 2018, the first edition of our new “Anthropology of Music Lecture Series and Master Class” took place. It is part of a new initiative to further strengthen and expand the focus on music at the Department of Anthropology and African Studies (ifeas), Johannes Gutenberg-University Mainz, Germany. Combining a public lecture series held by one of the field’s most established representative with a Master Class designed for young researchers to present their works, this new format provides a unique opportunity to discuss ongoing research and reflect on the current state of anthropological engagements with music and sound.

In 2018, we focused the topic of Valuing Music and welcomed Timothy Taylor, professor of ethnomusicology and musicology at the University of Los Angeles (UCLA), as expert on this topic. In a series of three public lectures, Timothy Tayler explored questions of value with respect to music as a form of cultural production. Simultaneously, the Master Class on the same topic took place, providing a group of 13 young researchers from across the globe with the opportunity to present their work, discuss it with leading exponents of their field (Timothy Taylor among them) and relate it to recent developments and debates. See also: http://www.ifeas.uni-mainz.de/3432.php and http://anthropologyofmusic.com/

The focus of the 2019 edition is on “acoustemology”, and we are therefore glad to welcome Steven Feld, Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Anthropology at the University of New Mexico (USA) and Senior Scholar at the School for Advanced Research, Santa Fe, New Mexico (USA), to serve as both our guest lecturer and main discussant in the master class.

Steven Feld introduced the concept of acoustemology in the early 1990s, conjoining ‘acoustic’ and ‘epistemology’ in order to pursue the social study of sound as a way of knowing and being in the world. In the 2019 lecture series, Steven Feld will present the current state of his own thinking about and through acoustemology. He will also demonstrate how acoustemological approaches may contribute to ongoing theoretical debate on globalization, neoliberal capitalism, environmental change and human-nonhuman-interactions, and thus may speak to some of the most pressing questions of our times. The master class directly relates to this topic and we are looking forward to contributions which further explore the potential of acoustemology concerning ethnographic studies of music and sound.

The next Anthropology of Music Lecture Series and Master Class will take place from June 26 to June 29, 2019. The Call for Papers will be published soon on http://anthropologyofmusic.com/ .  ...

African Music in the 21st Century. An Iconic Turn

Symposium, Mainz, 13. - 16.6.2012 (mit Matthias Krings). (Cfp, Programm).