meLê yamomo [Project Director]

meLê yamomo is an Assistant Professor of Theatre, Performance, and Sound Studies at the University of Amsterdam and author of Sounding Modernities: Theatre and Music in Manila and the Asia Pacific, 1869-1946: Sounding Modernities. He was a recent fellow at the “Interweaving Performance Cultures” Center (Berlin) and the Global Theatre Histories Center (Munich). meLê is a current laureate of the »Veni Innovation Grant« by the Dutch Organization for Scientific Research (NWO) for his project »Sonic Entanglements: Listening to Modernities in Southeast Asian Sound Recordings«. He holds a PhD in Theatre Studies and Musicology from the Ludwig-Maximilians- Universität Munich. meLê is also a theatre director and composer, and is a resident artist at Theater Ballhaus Naunynstraße.

Barbara Titus [Project Partner]

Barbara Titus studied musicology at Utrecht University and gained her doctorate from Oxford University in the United Kingdom (M.St. Lincoln College [2000], D.Phil. St Anne’s College [2005]) with a dissertation that was published under the title Recognizing Music as an Art Form: Friedrich Th. Vischer and German music criticism, 1848-1887. (Leuven University Press, 2016). Barbara is a fellow at the African Studies Centre Leiden (ASCL) Community. She is co-editor of the journal the world of music (new series), and is a member of the advisory board for the journal Music Theory and Analysis. From 2008 to 2013, Barbara worked as an assistant professor teaching European music history post-1800 at Utrecht University. In 2013, she was appointed associate professor of cultural musicology at the University of Amsterdam.

Barbara is the curator of the Jaap Kunst Sound Collection at the University of Amsterdam. In this capacity she is the Project Leader and First Principal Investigator of the JPICH-funded project Decolonizing Southeast Asian Sound Archives (DeCoSEAS) that renegotiates established understandings of heritage curation.

Citra Aryandari [Project Partner]

Citra Aryandari was born in Yogyakarta on 25th July 1979. She got Ph.D in Performance Arts and Visual Arts Studies, Universitas Gadjah Mada, Indonesia (2012). She is founder and director of Citra Research Center (CRC); a lecture at the Department of Ethnomusicology, Institut Seni Indonesia, Yogyakarta; guest lecture at Musicology Department, Universteit van Amsterdam. Her research interest include Musicology, Performance Studies, Cultural Studies, Urban Culture and Society, Mythology, and Anthropology Visual. She is author of a number of articles, documentary films and book. Her works could be access at personal website:

Vincent Kuitenbrouwer [Project Partner]

Vincent Kuitenbrouwer is Assistant Professor History of International Relations. He studied history at the Universities of Aberdeen and Amsterdam and obtained the degree Master of Studies in Imperial and Commonwealth History at the University of Oxford (St Antony’s College). In February 2010 obtained his PhD at the University of Amsterdam with his thesis A War of Words. Dutch Pro-Boer Propaganda and the South African War (1899-1902). In 2017 he contributed to the Goede Hoop exhibiton about the shared history of South Africa and the Netherlands in the Rijksmuseum Amsterdam and the accompanying television series by NTR (episode 5).

Vincent Kuitenbrouwer is specialised in nineteenth- and twentieth-century global history, and has a special interest in colonial media, particularly radio-broadcasting. In recent years he published on Dutch transnational media networks in the late colonial era and the era of decolonisation. He currently co-ordinates the project ‘Media War‘ on propaganda in Dutch-language media during the Second World War at the Dutch Institute for Sound and Vision.