Florian Carl is an ethnomusicologist based at the University of Cape Coast, Ghana, where he currently serves as Head of the Department of Music and Dance. Before joining the faculty of University of Cape Coast in 2009, he taught at Hanover University of Music, Drama and Media, Germany, as well as the University of Ghana, Legon. Florian holds a PhD in Ethnomusicology (2007, Hanover University of Music, Drama and Media, Germany) and an MA (Magister Artium) in Musicology, African Studies and Sociocultural Anthropology (2004, University of Cologne).
He has worked and published on a variety of topics, including the history of the German colonial discourse on African music, the representation and performance of African music in German popular culture, as well as popular music and sound culture in Ghana and its diaspora. Most recently, he has been working on Ghanaian hiplife and gospel music as well as the experience of music and sound in everyday life. Florian 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. He has recently co-edited a Special Issue on “Music, Health and Wellbeing” for the Legon Journal of the Humanities and is currently completing a book manuscript on Christian popular music, faith, and identity in Ghana.
Florian’s teaching experience includes the undergraduate and postgraduate levels with courses in (ethno)musicology, music history, social and cultural theory, research methods, as well as acoustics and music technology. At the University of Cape Coast, Florian has, for the past three years, also been teaching the inter-faculty course “Beginning German.” Florian is supervising a number of Master’s and doctoral candidates in ethnomusicology and he is a member of Board of Directors of the international DAAD Graduate School Performing Sustainability. Cultures and Development in West Africa.
When he is not doing administrative work, teaching or engaging in research, Florian likes spending time with his family, friends, dog, cats and chicken. He also enjoys reading, writing, cooking, eating, doing garden work, playing piano, composing electronic music and, lately, learning how to code.