The beginning of 2020 Dr Ettore Morelli joined the APC as Postdoctoral Fellow funded by the National Research Fund. Ettore received his PhD in History from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, in 2019. His thesis explored the political history of the southern Highveld between c.1500 and c.1800. Ettore published his first article in the Journal of African History in 2019. Ettore works on politics, philosophy, social hierarchy, exploitation, warfare, trade, ritual, and religion of the African communities that lived between the Drakensberg mountains and the modern border with Botswana, in the times before European colonialism.
In 2020 the African Studies Centre in Leiden is celebrating the “Africa year” of 1960, the year in which 17 countries on the African continent celebrate 60 years of independence. Events kicked off with a conference 'Africa: 60 Years of Independence' in Leiden on 30th January. Four keynote addresses were delivered.
The starting point for my book Kolonialgeschichte Hören: Das Echo gewaltsamer Wissensproduktion in historischen Tondokumenten aus dem südlichen Afrika (Hearing Colonial History: The Echo of Violent Knowledge Production in Historical Sound Documents from Southern Africa) is my engagement with colonial history as a listener. By means of listening to the persistent echo of colonial knowledge production in (mostly) linguistic recordings from southern Africa, I came to hear these recordings not as the language examples as which they were recorded and archived, but as acoustic sources of colonial history.
I arrived in Paris on the 8th of January 2020, on a rather cold windy day morning. Packing my luggage into the uber, and with my cello on my side, I then proceeded en route to the 4th arrondissement (district) in Paris, to Cité International Des Arts, an artistic centre located across the road from the Seine River, and overlooking the Notre Dame cathedral. Many artists from all over the world, who are doing work in Paris come to Cité International des Arts; a place which includes practice studios, a performance auditorium and exhibition centre.