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Colin Townsend

  • PhD student
  • Adjunct Instructor
  • Midlands Technical College
  • 1PublicationsNumber of items in Colin's My Publications folder on Mendeley.
  • 1Followers

Research interests

Black Atlantic studiesAfrican diasporatransnational communitieslanguage ideologiestrance and possession ritualsidentity formationanthropology of religionMusic (drums/percussion)

About

I am a cultural anthropologist currently working on my PhD at the University of South Carolina at Columbia. I have been a drummer/percussionist for over thirty years, progressing throughout my life from elementary school orchestra to high school symphonic and marching band to several touring metal and rock bands. After a few too many years of playing in dive bars and working in greasy kitchens, I decided it was time to exercise my intellect and pursue higher education. My lifelong passion for music, combined with a curiosity about other cultures, eventually led me to cultural anthropology and ethnomusicology. After completing my bachelor’s degree at Western Carolina University in 2006 I entered the graduate program at USC, earning a master’s degree in cultural anthropology in 2008. At the moment, I am working hard towards the completion of my doctorate, with the eventual goal of teaching in a college or university while continuing my research in music and religion.

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Publications (1)

  • Drumming for the Egungun: (Re)Inventing Yoruba Identity at Oyotunji Village, South Carolina

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Professional experience

Adjunct Instructor

Midlands Technical College

January 2009 - Present

Adjunct Instructor

University of South Carolina

January 2009 - Present

Education

MA

University of South Carolina

August 2006 - Present

BA

Western Carolina University

August 2004 - May 2006(2 years)