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).

In 2007, she shifted her attention from German metaphysics to South African street music (maskanda), with the explicit aim to question the polarity that these two fields of investigation still seem to represent. Articles about subjects ranging from 19th-century German music criticism to contemporary popular musics in Southern Africa have been published in journals such as Acta Musicologica, Ethnomusicology, SAMUS: South African Music Studies and the Dutch Journal of Music Theory. 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. During two extensive field trips for her research into maskanda in 2008 and 2009, she was a visiting professor at the University of KwaZulu-Natal in Durban, South Africa. In the winter semester 2013-14, she was a guest professor at the Georg-August-Universität in Göttingen, Germany. In the spring of 2016, she was a researcher in residence at the University of Vienna in Austria as a Balzan Visiting Scholar. She is the curator of the Jaap Kunst audio collection at the University of Amsterdam.

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 imperial history, and has a special interest in colonial media. He currently works on Dutch international radio-broadcasting for a project, co-ordinated by the Dutch audiovisual archive Beeld en Geluid, celebrating the 100th anniversary of radio broadcasting in the Netherlands in 2019. He also is a co-investigator in two international projects: ‘Connecting the Wireless World’, funded by the Leverhulme Trust (2016-2019) and ‘Getting the Big Picture on Small States’, funded with an internationalization grant of the Dutch Organization for Scientific Research NWO (2017-2020).