Herr Prof. David Coplan

Einladende Institution: BIGSAS
Aufenthalt: 01. Mai 2010 - 07. Juli 2010
Heimatuni: University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg (Südafrika)
Informationen zur Person: David Coplan is Professor and Chair of Social Anthropology at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa. He has also held many visiting appointments at institutions as diverse as University of Basel, École des Hautes Études Sciences Sociales (Paris), Rice University, NYU, DePauw University, and the University of Cape Town. He has received many awards and grants – too many to mention in detail. He is the author of In Township Tonight!, a seminal ethnomusicological work and the first comprehensive study of South African black performance, which was published in 1985. Due to the efforts of the department of Anthropology, David Coplan has accepted the invitation to be the second Heinrich-Bart professor, the most prestigious award BIGSAS has to offer. His tremendous input into the academic life of Bayreuth University and BIGSAS during his stay between May and July 2010 manifested itself in a seminar on popular culture in South Africa. His superb public lecture on “Land from the Ancestors: Popular Religious Re-Appropriation Along the Lesotho-South African Border” was definitely one of the highlights of the summer term 2010. Undoubtedly he also enjoyed many facets of Bayreuth’spopular culture.