Matthias Krings

Matthias Krings is Professor of Cultural Anthropology at Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz. He has specialized in the study of African popular culture, media and visual anthropology, the anthropology of the body, and religion. His current research focuses on East African video jockeys who appropriate foreign films by remediating them through oral narrative performances; on the global mainstreaming of African popular music (recently labelled ‘Afrobeats’); and on skin colour-based categorization practices beyond racialization. Among his publications are edited volumes about ‘Global Nollywood’ and Tanzanian ‘Bongo Media Worlds’. His most recent book, ‘African Appropriations: Cultural Difference, Mimesis, and Media,’ was published by Indiana University Press. He has done extensive fieldwork in Nigeria and Tanzania.

Publications by Matthias Krings