Lectures in Musicology: Ryan Skinner, The Ohio State University

June 29, 2016
Monday, September 12, 2016 - 4:00pm
18th Ave. Library, 175 W. 18th, Room 205
Kora player

The Afropolitan Ethics of Malian Music (or, The Partial Truths of a Musical Anthropology). Presented by Ryan Skinner, The Ohio State University.

What is "Malian music"? In this lecture, Ryan Skinner presents a set of provisional answers from his experiences as an observer of Mali and student of its music over the past two decades. These answers are neither exhaustive nor mutually exclusive, but they do give a sense of the crucial complexity that Malian artists playfully, critically, and artfully negotiate when they make (and we hear) their music—what Skinner calls in his recently published book, Bamako Sounds, "the Afropolitan ethics of Malian music."

Ryan Skinner is associate professor of ethnomusicology in the School of Music and the Department of African American and African Studies at The Ohio State University. Dr. Skinner’s research focuses on popular urbanism, ethics and aesthetics, cultural politics and economy, public piety, intellectual property, and new social movements in Africa and its diasporas. He is the author of Bamako Sounds: The Afropolitan Ethics of Malian Music (University of Minnesota Press, 2015), and a children's book, Sidikiba’s Kora Lesson (Beaver's Pond Press, 2008). He is also an accomplished kora (21-stringed West African harp) player. Read more.



Lectures in Musicology is co-sponsored by The Ohio State University Libraries.

Lectures are held Mondays at 4 p.m. in the 18th Avenue Library, 175 W. 18th Ave. (Music/Dance Library, second floor, room 205), unless otherwise noted. These events are free and open to the public.

Campus visitors, please use the Tuttle Park Place Garage, the Ohio Union South Garage or Lane Ave. Garage. All other garages in the vicinity of the 18th Ave. Library are closed to visitors before 4 p.m.

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