Dr. Anette Hoffmann is Lise Meitner fellow at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna (Austria). She works on a project around voice recordings from the Lautarchiv in Berlin, which were produced by a gruop of German linguists, the Königlich Preußische Phonographische Kommission, with African POWs of World War I. In 2018 she pauses her project in Vienna to engage with the potential of sound archives as historical sources for the understanding of colonial knowledge production, and as aural traces of colonial histories more generally. For this project she was awarded funding of the Volkswagen Stiftung in Germany. Her project is attached to the Institute of Kulturwissenschaften at the Humboldt University in Berlin.
Her exhibition What We See: Images, Voices, and Versioning has been shown in six locations in Southern Africa and Europe. She currently works on an exhibition with the recordings of POWs.
Anette Hoffmann was senior researcher at the Archive and Public Culture Research Initiative at UCT between 2011-2015.
“Kolonialität” Daniel Morat/Hansjakob Ziemer (eds.) Metzler Handbuch Sound. Geschichte – Begriffe – Ansätze. Metzler Verlag. Forthcoming in 2018.
“Echoes of the Great War: The Recordings of African Prisoners of WWI” Leon Wainwright (ed.) Disturbing Pasts: Memories, Controversities and Creativity. Manchester University Press 2018.
“Exploring Sound Archives: Introduction to Edited Section” Social Dynamics, Special Section Listening to Sound Archives, edited by Anette Hoffmann. Vol. 41, Issue 1, 2015.
“Hearing Voices in the Archive” with Phindezwa Mnyaka, Social Dynamics Special Section Listening to Sound Archives, edited by Anette Hoffmann. Vol. 41, Issue 1, 2015.