October 11, 2012: The Art and Ambivalence of Afropolitan Patriotism: Making Malian Music in Times of Celebration and Crisis
Ryan Thomas Skinner is an Assistant Professor of Music and African American Studies at The Ohio State University. Professor Skinner will present from his project, “Afropolitan Ethics: Music and Urban Culture in Bamako, Mali.”
Thursday, October 11, 2012, 4:00 – 5:30 p.m.
125 Nolte Center for Continuing Education
Ryan Skinner considers the contested idea of the nation and the political society it qualifies in contemporary Mali, from the celebration of the country’s fiftieth year of independence (2010) to the recent coup d’état (2012) and the manifold crises it has engendered and exacerbated. He will examine the patriotic expressions of an urban music culture that he describes as “Afropolitan,” rooted in a postcolonial city and routed through its global diasporas.
Ryan Thomas Skinner is an Assistant Professor of Music and African American Studies at The Ohio State University.
Peter Shea has interviewd Ryan Skinner for Bat of Minerva. A video of that recording is available at http://ias.umn.edu/2012/10/11/ryan-skinner/.
Question and Answer Session