Florian Carl is a Senior Lecturer in Ethnomusicology and currently Head of the Department of Music and Dance at the University of Cape Coast. He joined the faculty of the University of Cape Coast in 2009, after teaching at the University of Music, Drama, and Media, Hanover, Germany, and the University of Ghana, Legon. Florian holds a PhD in Ethnomusicology from the University of Music, Drama, and Media, Hanover (2007), and a Master of Arts in Musicology, African Studies, and Sociocultural Anthropology from the University of Cologne, Germany (2004). His areas of specialization are Ethnomusicology/Musicology and the Anthropology of Performance.
His research focuses on music and popular culture in Ghana and its diaspora. Florian is particularly interested in the transnational circulation of music and media, examining how cultural forms are mediated within wider translocal networks and how social identities and individual subjectivities are constituted through performative behaviour. Most recently, Florian has been working on hiplife and gospel music in Ghana as well as the experience of music in everyday life. He has published two books and his research articles appear in the Yearbook for Traditional Music, The Globalization of Musics in Transit (Routledge 2014), Ghana Studies, and other peer-reviewed journals and edited volumes.
Florian’s teaching experience includes the undergraduate and postgraduate levels with courses in African and African American music, musicology, social and cultural theory, research methods and ethnographic fieldwork techniques, as well as survey classes in world music and music history. At the University of Cape Coast he also teaches the inter-faculty course “Beginning German.”