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Kelly Michelle Askew
Anthropology; African Studies
University of Michigan

Academic Info
cultural politics; popular music; postsocialism; East Africa
performance; anthropology of music; media; cultural politics; nationalism; socialism/postsocialism; property rights; 1964 Zanzibar Revolution; Swahili studies; East Africa
I direct the African Studies Center at the University of Michigan and have faculty appointments in the Department of Anthropology and the Center for Afroamerican and African Studies.
BOOKS 2006 Editor (with M. Anne Pitcher), African Postsocialisms. Edinburgh: University of Edinburgh Press. 2002 Editor (with Richard R. Wilk ), The Anthropology of Media: A Reader. London and Malden, MA: Blackwell Publishers. 2002 Performing the Nation: Swahili Music and Cultural Politics in Tanzania. Chicago and London: University of Chicago Press. Co-published in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania by Kapsel Educational Publications. SELECTED ARTICLES/CHAPTERS 2009 “Musical Images and Imaginations: Tanzanian Music Videos.” Pp.208-217 in Media and Identity in Africa, edited by Kimani Njogu and John F. M. Middleton. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press. 2006 (with John F. Kitime) “Popular Music Censorship in Tanzania.” Pp.137-156 in Popular Music Censorship in Africa, edited by Michael Drewett and Martin Cloonan. Aldershot, England and Burlington, VT: Ashgate. 2006 “Sung and Unsung: Musical Reflections on Postsocialist Tanzania,” Africa 76 (1): 15-43. 2006 “Images, Documentation, and Imagined Ethnography,” Michigan Quarterly Review, Vol. 45, No. 1 (Winter 2006): 27-46. 2004 “Striking Samburu and a Mad Cow: Adventures in Anthropollywood.” Pp.31-68 in Off Stage/On Display: Intimacy and Ethnography in the Age of Public Culture, edited by Andrew Shryock. Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press.

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