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Ryan T. Skinner F'15

Ryan T. Skinner

Associate Professor
Music, and African American and African Studies
The Ohio State University
last updated: 08/26/17

Charles A. Ryskamp Research Fellowships 2015
Assistant Professor
Music, and African American and African Studies
The Ohio State University
Race, Politics, and Performance in Afro-Swedish Public Culture

This project examines the multicultural and racially mixed public culture of “Afro-Swedish” artists. Rooted in Sweden and routed through Africa and its diasporas, Afro-Swedish public culture reflects a growing African presence in Europe, the product of multiple patterns of movement and migration over the past five decades. Through ethnographic inquiry, this study explores understandings and expressions of Afro-Swedish identity in music, dance, theater, and verbal art. The research draws critical attention to the lives and works of artists who perform a sense of community while confronting endemic racism; who celebrate social pluralism against assumptions of cultural difference; and who, in performance, captivate Swedish audiences while resisting perceptions of exoticism and foreignness.