Veit Erlmann is an anthropologist/ethnomusicologist and the Endowed Chair of Music History at the University of Texas at Austin. He held previous appointments at the Free University Berlin, universities in South Africa, and the University of Chicago. He has won numerous awards, including a Heisenberg Fellowship and a Mercator Prize, both given by the German Research Foundation DFG.
His current projects include an ethnography of copyright law in South Africa (to be published by Duke University Press) and a monograph on sound in the legal imagination.
Veit Erlmann has published widely on music and popular culture in South Africa, including African Stars (Chicago), Nightsong (Chicago), and Music, Modernity and the Global Imagination (Oxford). His most recent publication is Reason and Resonance: A History of Modern Aurality (Zone Books). He also serves as founding co-editor of the journal Sound Studies (Routledge).