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J. Griffith Rollefson joins Faculty of Music as a Lecturer in Popular Music

last modified Jun 18, 2014 08:23 AM
J. Griffith Rollefson joins Faculty of Music as a Lecturer in Popular Music

Credit: Kathleen Karn

The Music Faculty is delighted to announce the appointment of Griff Rollefson as Lecturer in Popular Music until the end of 2016.  Rollefson holds a Ph.D. in Musicology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and was a Research Fellow at the Freie Universität Berlin where he conducted fieldwork for a dissertation examining postcolonial protest strategies in European hip hop entitled “Musical (African) Americanization in the New Europe.” He served as ACLS New Faculty Fellow and Visiting Assistant Professor at UC Berkeley where he taught courses on the global impact and diversity of American musics, focusing especially on African American musical influence abroad and the ways in which minority communities in Europe are highlighting the continuities between double consciousness and postcoloniality through the sonic contours of black music. He has taught in both the ethnomusicology and music history sequences at Chapman University in Southern California, leading courses ranging from “American Popular Music and Global Resonances,” to “Musical Cultures of the Africa and the Middle East,” and “Medieval and Renaissance Music History.” He has also taught American popular music at the University of California, Riverside.

Rollefson is currently working on a book project entitled European Hip Hop and the Politics of Postcoloniality which demonstrates how minority youth in Berlin, Paris, and London are adopting the musical politics of hip hop and aligning themselves with African Americans in a struggle for equality through difference, not assimilation.

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