Scientific Collections


Project chronicle of the third-party funded project “Towards Sonic Resocialisation” (funded by the German Lost Art Foundation)

The Lautarchiv is analysing its collection of recordings of prisoners of war from the First World War who were recruited for the armies of European powers in the colonies. These include 456 audio documents of African prisoners in German camps, and the digitised recordings and the associated historical written documentation are to be shared with the Institut Fondamental d’Afrique Noire (IFAN) in Dakar, Senegal, as well as with other African archives in the future.

The project chronicle provides insights into the current developments of “Towards Sonic Resocialization”.

01.03.2024 - Start of the project
04-15.03.2024 - Travel planning phase to Senegal (Dakar)
06.03.2024 - Letter to the IFAN
11.03.2024 - Invitation from IFAN to Dakar
26.03.2024 - Stefan Klenke (Dept. VIII, HU) produces a series of photographs in the new premises of the Lautarchiv
04.04.2024 - The dates for the trip to Senegal are set for 19-23 May 2024
08.04.2024 - Launch of the Lautarchiv’s general Instagram channel
10.04.2024 - Translation of the personal information form into English and French
16.04.2024 - Project entry on the list of Projects of the Working Group Colonial Provenances of the Arbeitskreis Provenienzforschung e.V.
26.04.2024 - Introduction of the project on Instagram
06.05.2024 - First team meeting