Veranstaltungsreihe mit Luis Amoros

Liebe Studierende, Liebe Interessierte,

mit Freuden können wir verkünden, dass wir ab Oktober den Musikethnologen Dr. Luis Amoros bei uns im Institut für europäische Musikethnologie begrüßen dürfen! Neben seiner Laufbahn als Künstler der Jazz- und Weltmusik-Szene hat Luis Amoros interdisziplinäre Feldforschungen auf drei verschiedenen Kontinenten durchgeführt und dabei insbesondere die musikalische Zirkulation im afro-asiatischen Kontext untersucht.

Auf seinen Forschungen basieren auch seine drei Veranstaltungen, die im kommenden Semester angeboten werden: Neben der Beschäftigung mit Musik als Mittel der Resilienz in Zeiten des Klimawandels stellt Luis Amoros in einem Blockseminar die Arbeit der International Library of African Music vor und entwirft mit allen Seminarteilnehmenden ein eigenes Kurationskonzept. An einem weiteren Wochenende wird gemeinsam mit weiteren „Weltmusiker*innen“ aus Köln über die Zukunft künstlerischer Praktiken in einer globalisierten Welt spekuliert.

Alle Veranstaltungen werden auf Englisch stattfinden. Masterstudierende der Musikwissenschaft und Ethnologie können sich jetzt noch fix über Klips anmelden, ansonsten wird gebeten, Rose Campion unter rcampion@uni-koeln.de zu kontaktieren. Studierende der Ethnologie können sich die Teilnahme außerdem über ihre Laufzettel anrechnen lassen.

Wir freuen uns über zahlreiche Teilnehmer*innen!


Sounding Inequalities – Anthropology of Displaced Communities from a Global South Perspective (14689.0002)

Zeit: Dienstag, 12:00 – 13:30 Uhr (Start: 17.10.23)

Ort: 3.144, Humanwiss. Fakultät, Gronewaldstr. 2

The seminary will be based on two research fields Dr. Amoros has researched in the Global South:

1) The cultural work with disadvantaged female communities in townships in South Africa and Zimbabwe.

2) The long-term study of refugee camps in the Western Sahara both as an ethnomusicologist and as an artist between 2004-2020. The entanglements between human precariousness, migration policies and a dramatic forms of climate change (specifically desertification) are felt particularly in contexts of the Sahara, where refugee communities are marginalized, racialized and exposed in a particular way to the effects of global warming.

Like many other refugee communities they are located in ‘climate change hotspots’ - prone to the effects of climate change and natural disasters - which compromises their security and places them at risk of secondary displacement.

Climate change and natural disasters can also be a source of potential conflict between refugees and their host communities if there is competition over natural resources, food, water and land rights.

The course will show how the biophysical factors and the human dimensions of climate change and desertification interact and how cultural practices take into account and react on these changing living conditions. Music making will be examined as an active form of sonic agency in situations of humanitarian emergency, contributing to (climate and social) resilience, sustainable development, individual well-being as well as community building.

The course will not only take seriously into account first hand ethnographic experiences of displaced communities from the Global South but also present usually neglected Spanish and Indigenous African research literature on global environmental change in relation to sound.



Decolonizing Sound Archives (14689.0003)

 Zeit: Blockseminar vom 01.-03.12.2023, 01.12: 16-20 Uhr und 02. und 03. 12.: jeweils 10.00 bis 16.30 Uhr

Ort: Raum 3.115, Humanwiss. Fakultät, Gronewaldstr. 2

This workshop positions sound at the centre of the current restitution debate. It is based on Dr. Amoros’ experience in the revitalisation and repatriation of historical recordings from the largest sound archive in Africa, the International Library of African Music (ILAM) from 2011- 2018. Tracing the Mbira Sound Archive in Zimbabwe workshop provides a postcolonial study on the African sound archive divided into three historical periods: the colonial period offers a critical analysis on how ILAM classifies its music through ethnic and linguistic groups; the postcolonial period reconsiders postcolonial nationhood, new/old mobility and cultural border crossing in present Africa; and the recent period of repatriation focuses on the fellows’ successful experiments to “bring the archive back into the field”.

The analysis of sound archives in Africa is an essential tool to envision the new ways in which African culture can be directed not only from postcolonial notions of nationhood or Afrocentric discourses but also for the necessity of bringing awareness of the circulation of musical cultures from and beyond colonial African borders.

The practical and local aspect of this workshop will relate the immaterial sound artefacts of the ILAM collection to the material artefacts from Africa kept in Cologne’s Rautenstrauch-Joest Museum. Based on a small-scale ethnographic fieldwork with members of the diverse African communities in Cologne it will develop and experiment curatorial concepts of repatration between the material and the immaterial dimension. It also asks from a perspective of the anthropology of senses what forms of “ethical and empathetic listening” can be applied to the sounding objects collected during (neo)colonialist collecting missions and what forms of dissemination seem to be ethically and technically appropriate.



The Unknown Spanish Levant (14689.0004)

 Zeit: Blockseminar vom 26.-28.1.2024, 26.01.: 16-20 Uhr und 27.-28.01.: jeweils 10.00 bis 16.30 Uhr

Ort: Raum 3.115, Humanwiss. Fakultät, Gronewaldstr. 2

 This workshop is especially aimed at students of instrumental subjects, in the sense of a kind of Master Class in World Music.

How to research global sound flows through artistic practice? How to develop sonic models for cultural sustainability?

This artistic workshop focuses on cultural sustainability of Afro-Latin music in past and present. Afro-Latin music is the result of historical circulation of slavery trades, forced migrations from which many musical styles flourished since the sixteenth century: ‘son jarocho’ in Mexico, mejorana in Panama, son in Cuba, bomba in Colombia, Elegua in Venezuela or Candomble in Brazil and Uruguay. The historical and cultural study of Afro-Latin music provides a unique perspective of transcultural music practices in the Global South.

Based on ethnographic fieldwork in Mexico, Spain, Brazil, South Africa, and Egypt, the artist shows up – together with students from the music education department of the UoC as well as selected artists of the Cologne World Music Scene - based on his album “Middle Passage” (2019-2020) nominated by the Mellon Foundation, the historicity of cultural circulations beyond dichotomies of North versus South, Orient vs. Occident and oral traditions vs. Written traditions which could serve as models for future forms of shared artistic practices in a globalized world.



Alle Veranstaltungen werden auf Englisch stattfinden.

Anmeldung wenn möglich über das Klips-System der UZK oder verbindlich an rcampion@uni-koeln.de.


Institut für Europäische Musikethnologie

Humanwissenschaftliche Fakultät der Universität zu Köln

Gronewaldstr. 2

50931 Köln