Ethnomusicologist Jerome Camal focuses on musics of the African diaspora, principally music of the French Antilles. His field research is informed both by an interest in transnationalism and postcolonialism. Most specifically, Camal’s work explores creolization, both as an empirical process and a broader intellectual theory.
Camal is currently working on a book manuscript based on his fieldwork in Guadeloupe and tentatively entitled The Distant Drum: Musical Paths to a Creole Postnationalism. The book explores the transformation of gwoka, Guadeloupe’s drum-based secular music, from a national to a postnational symbol.
Camal has taught courses on Caribbean popular musics; Caribbean anthropology; ethnicity, race, and nationalism; as well as Anthropology 104: Cultural Anthropology and Human Diversity. Prior to joining the faculty of the UW, Camal taught courses on the history of rock ‘n’ roll and jazz at UCLA where he was a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow.
Camal received his Ph.D. in musicology, with an emphasis on ethnomusicology and a certificate in American Culture Studies, from Washington University in St. Louis. He also holds a MM in Jazz Performance from the University of New Orleans where he studied with Edward Petersen and Terrence Blanchard.
“Creolizing Jazz, Jazzing the Tout-monde: Jazz Gwoka and the Poetics of Relation.” In American Creoles: The Francophone Caribbean and the American South, edited by Martin Munro and Celia Britton. Francophone Postcolonial Studies, New Series, vol. 3. Liverpool: Liverpool University Press, 2012.
“DestiNation: The Festival Gwoka, Tourism, and Anticolonialism.” In Sun, Sea, and Sound: Music and Tourism in the Circum-Caribbean, edited by Timothy Rommen and Daniel T. Neely. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2014.