Prof. Dr. Markus Verne

Professor in Anthropology with a Focus on Aesthetics
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Research interests
Aesthetics and aesthetic experience, anthropology of popular music, African popular music, anthropological theories in historical perspective, economic anthropology (focus: poverty and lack, consumption)

Research Areas
Indian Ocean (in particular Madagascar), Westafrica (in particular Niger)


Portrait

I am a professor in anthropology with a focus on aesthetics.  I studied cultural anthropology, philosophy and psychology at the universities of Tübingen and Mainz, then did my PhD on consumption and scarcity in rural Niger. Since 2006, I stronly engage in research on popular music, with Madagascar being my main fieldwork site.

In my ongoing research, I try to understand aesthetic dimensions of music experience within the framework of “existential anthropology”, asking how what is experienced in music is rendered meaningful in relation to everyday life. With this, I am striving to better understand how music and aesthetic experience more generally interrelate with individual as well as social practices. The regional foci of my work are Africa and the Indian Ocean, with a special focus on Madagascar.

Recent Publications (selection)

(2017, Hg.) The Indian Ocean as Aesthetic Space (special section); Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa, and the Middle East, 27.2 (mit Julia Verne).

(2017) The Indian Ocean as Aesthetic Space - Introduction; in: Julia Verne und Markus Verne (Hg.): The Indian Ocean as Aesthetic Space (special section); Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa, and the Middle East, 27.2, 314-320.

(2017, Hg.) Körper Technik Wissen. Kreativität und Aneignungsprozesse in Afrika. In den Spuren Kurt Becks; Münster: Lit. (mit Paola Ivanov und Magnus Treiber)

(2017) In den Spuren Kurt Becks. Versuch einer akademischen Würdigung; in: Markus Verne, Paola Ivanov und Magnus Treiber (Hg.): Körper Technik Wissen. Kreativität und Aneignungsprozesse in Afrika. In den Spuren Kurt Becks; Münster: Lit, 9-29.

(2017) Kulturrelativismus, Gleichmacherei und verstimmte Gitarren; Kulturrelativismus und Aufklärung (Blogbeitrag) <http://gssc.uni-koeln.de/node/1622>.

(2017) "A Highland Thing“.  Heavy Metal and the Construction of Cultural Difference in Madagascar; Journal of World Popular Music, 4.1, 58-77.

(2017) Madagassischer Heavy Metal: Globale oder lokale Praxis? in: Claus Legge­wie und Erik Meyer (Hg.): Global Pop. Das Buch zur Weltmusik; Stutt­gart/Weimar: J.B.Metzler und Bonn: Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung, 359-365.