Teaching Staff

Dr. Florian Carl

Head, Department of Music and Dance


Florian Carl is a Senior Lecturer in ethnomusicology 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 the University of Cape Coast in 2009 he taught at the University of Music, Drama, and Media, Hanover, Germany, as well as the University of Ghana, Legon. Florian holds a PhD from the University of Music, Drama, and Media, Hanover (2007), and a Masters in Musicology, African Studies and Sociocultural Anthropology from the University of Cologne, Germany (2004). 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.


Teaching experience includes the undergraduate and postgraduate levels with courses in (ethno)musicology, music history, social and cultural theory, research methods, as well as 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