Florian Carl is a Senior Lecturer and currently Head of the Department of Music and Dance at the University of Cape Coast. He joined the faculty of the University of Cape Coast in 2009, after teaching at Hanover University of Music, Drama, and Media, Germany, and the University of Ghana, Legon.
Florian holds a PhD in Ethnomusicology from Hanover University of Music, Drama, and Media (2007) and a Master of Arts in Musicology, African Studies, and Sociocultural Anthropology from the University of Cologne, Germany (2004). His areas of specialisation are Ethnomusicology, Music History, and the Anthropology of Music.
His research focuses on music and popular culture in Ghana and its diaspora. Florian is particularly interested in the transnational circulation of media and technology, examining how local concerns are articulated within wider translocal networks and how people use music and technology in their everyday lives. Most recently, Florian has been working on hiplife and gospel music in Ghana as well as the experience of music in everyday life. He has published two books and his research articles appear in the Yearbook for Traditional Music, The Globalization of Musics in Transit (Routlege 2014), Ghana Studies, and other peer-reviewed journals and edited volumes.
Florian’s teaching experience includes the undergraduate and postgraduate levels with courses in African and African American music, theory-oriented courses in musicology, ethnomusicology, and sociocultural anthropology, research methods and fieldwork techniques, as well as survey classes in world music and music history. At the University of Cape Coast he also teaches the inter-faculty course “Beginning German.”