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Louise MeintjesLouise Meintjes

Title: Marcello Lotti Professor
Office Location: 072 Mary Duke Biddle, Durham, NC 27708
Office Phone: (919) 660-3339
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  • Ph.D. University of Texas, Austin, 1997
  • M.Mus. University of Texas, Austin, 1988
  • B.Mus. University of Stellenbosch (South Africa), 1982

Awards, Honors, and Distinctions

  • Ernest Bloch Lectures Visiting Professorship, University of California-Berkeley, Department of Music, 0 2022
  • Alan Merriam Prize, Society for Ethnomusicolopgy, 0 2018
  • Gregory Bateson Book Prize, Society for Cultural Anthropology, 0 2018
  • Fellow, National Humanities Center, 0 2007
  • Frederick Burkhard Fellowship for Recently Tenured Scholars, ACLS, 2007
  • Frederick Burkhardt Residential Fellows, American Council of Learned Societies, 0 2007
  • Nadia and Nicholas Nahumck Fellowship, Society for Ethnomusicology, 2006
  • Jaap Kunst Prize, Society for Ethnomusicology, 0 2005
  • Finalist, ARSC Award for Excellence: Best Research in Recorded Popular Music, for Sound of Africa! Making Music Zulu in a South African Studio, 0 2004
  • Finalist, best research in recorded popular music, Association for Recorded Sound Collections Awards of Excellence, 0 2004
  • Thomas Langford Lecture Award, Duke University, 2004
  • Andrew W. Mellon Assistant Professor of Music, Duke University, 2001/02
  • Rockefeller Fellowship, Institute on Violence, Culture and Survival, Virginia Foundation for the Humanities. Declined., 2001/02
  • Rockefeller Fellowship in the Black Performing Arts, Stanford Humanities Center, 2001/02
  • Rockefeller Resident Fellowship (Gender-Race-Ethnicity: Re-articulating the Local and the Global). Declined., Institute for Research on Women, Rutgers University, 2001/02
  • Carly Hunt Individual Research Grant, Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research, 2000
  • Charlotte Newcombe Dissertation Fellowship, Woodrow Wilson Foundation, 1994/95
  • Dissertation Fellowship, College of Liberal Arts, University of Texas at Austin, 1994/95
  • Zora Neal Hurston Fellowship, African Humanities Institute, Northwestern University, 1994/95
  • Doctoral Prestige Scholarship, Human Sciences Research Council, South Africa, 1992/93, renewed 1993-1995
  • Research Grant, National Science Foundation, 1991/92
  • Predoctoral Grant, Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research, 1990/91
  • Charles Seeger Award, Society of Ethnomusicology, 1988/89
  • Fulbright Scholarship, 1984
  • Harry Crossley Grant, South Africa, 1984/85, renewed 1986-1991

Teaching (Spring 2024):

  • Culanth 890s.01, Advanced selected topics Synopsis
    Biddle 113a, W 10:05 AM-12:35 PM

Selected Professional Work:



  • Meintjes, L. Sound of Africa!: Making Music Zulu in a South African Studio.  Duke University Press, January, 2003 .
  • Porcello, T; Meintjes, L; Ochoa, AM; Samuels, DW. "The reorganization of the sensory world." Annual Review of Anthropology 39.1 (October, 2010): 51-66. [Gateway.cgi], [doi]  [abs]
  • Samuels, DW; Meintjes, L; Ochoa, AM; Porcello, T. "Soundscapes: Toward a sounded anthropology." Annual Review of Anthropology 39.1 (October, 2010): 329-345. [Gateway.cgi], [doi]  [abs]
  • Meintjes, L. "Shoot the Sergeant, Shatter the Mountain: The production of masculinity in Zulu Ngoma Song and Dance in post Apartheid South Africa." Ethnomusicology Forum 13.2 (2004): 173-201. Also appears as ”Maten al soldado: música y negociación de conflicto en Sudáfrica” translated by Ana Maria Ochoa Gautier in Revista Transcultural de Música/Transcultural Music Review 10 (2006).
  • The Word on Music: A Symposium Celebrating Duke University Press, John Hope Franklin Center for International and Interdisciplinary Studies, Sep 9-10, 2005
    Co-organized with Kelley Tatro and Joyce Kurpiers.
  • Music in Conflict and Reconciliation: A Workshop, , Jan 12-13, 2004
    Co-organized with Paul Berliner. Hosted by the John Hope Franklin Center for international and Interdisciplinary Studies, Duke University. Sponsored by the Arts Committee, Social Sciences Research Council.

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