Louise Meintjes

Louise Meintjes holding a book, "Dust of the Zulu"

Professor of Music and Cultural Anthropology – Duke University

Ethnography Workshop, co-director

Louise Meintjes served as a member of the Steering Committee for the 2021-22 academic year in her capacity as Chair of the Department of Cultural Anthropology. She was also a director of the Ethnography Workshop during the 2019-20 academic year.

Meintjes is an ethnographer of music and sound, with particular interests in the voice and its mediation, the relationships among body and voice (dance and music/sound), and the ways that artistry and politics intersect. She pays attention to the craft of making music/dance, the finesse of listening to the world, and sensory experience of living and relating through the arts. Focusing on sound and the arts in this social way, her goal is to better understand the perpetuation of injury and injustice on the one hand, and how people imagine enabling futures on the other.

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