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  • Thursday, March 6, 2014 - 5:00pm to 6:00pm

Penn Bookstore
3601 Walnut Street

Tsitsi Jaji, Assistant Professor of English

Thursday, March 6, 2014
5:00 pm
Penn Bookstore
3601 Walnut Street

FREE & Open to the Public
For more informatio, contact the Center for Africana Studies at 215-898-4965 or

This event is being co-sponsored by the Department of English and held in conjuction with the Penn Bookstore.  Light refreshments will be provided.


Africa in Stereo analyzes how Africans have engaged with African American music and its representations in the long twentieth century (1890-2011) to offer a new cultural history attesting to pan-Africanism's ongoing and open theoretical potential. The book shows how such transnational ties fostered what Jaji terms “stereomodernism.” Attending to the specificity of various media through which music was transmitted and interpreted – poetry, novels, films, recordings, festivals, live performances, and websites – stereomodernism accounts for the role of cultural practice in the emergence of solidarity, tapping music’s capacity to refresh our understanding of twentieth-century black transnational ties.

Dr. Tsitsi Jaji is an assistant professor of English at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Jaji has been a Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellow, a Society for the Humanities (Cornell) Mellon Graduate Fellow, and a Penn Humanities Forum Junior Faculty Fellow. During the 2013-13 year, she was the Mary I. Bunting Institute Fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University. Her primary research interests continue to be transnational black cultural relations and exchanges, the relationship between music and literature, theorizations of listening, and Africana expressions of feminism. Dr. Jaji earned her Ph.D. (2009) in comparative literature from Cornell University.