Ryan T. Skinner F'15

Ryan T. Skinner
Associate Professor
Music, and African American and African Studies
The Ohio State University

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.