DepositAfrican musics in context: institutions, culture, identity/Ethnomusicology in East Africa: perspectives from Uganda and beyond

BOOK REVIEW African musics in context: institutions, culture, identity, edited by Thomas Solomon, Kampala, Uganda, Fountain Publishers, 2015, xxvi + 365 pp., £28.00 (paperback), ISBN 978-9-970-25245-9 Ethnomusicology in East Africa: perspectives from Uganda and beyond, edited by Sylvia Nannyonga-Tamusuza and Thomas Solomon, Kampala, Uganda, Fountain Publishers, 2012, xvi + 255 pp., £34.00 (paperback), ISBN 978-9-970-25135-3

GroupEMoDiR (Early Modern Religious Dissents and Radicalism)

EMoDiR (Early Modern Religious Dissents and Radicalism) is an international research group dedicated to the study of religious differences, conflicts and plurality in Europe during the early modern period. The group was first constituted at Pisa by a group of European scholars based in France, Germany, Italy, Switzerland, the USA and the UK in 2007. […]

MemberMichiel de Lange

Michiel de Lange (1976) is an Assistant Professor in New Media Studies, Department of Media and Culture Studies, Utrecht University, Netherlands; co-founder of The Mobile City (, a platform for the study of new media and urbanism; and works as a researcher in the field of (mobile) media, urban culture, identity and play. See and

MemberKristi M. Peterson

*Copies of all materials available upon request Dissertation:  “Consumption and Construction:  Devotional Images and the Place of Empire in Postclassic Mexico, 1325-1521” (2017) Research interests include:  The sacred image and devotional objects in Pre-Columbian Mesoamerica, the visual cultures of the Americas, Colonial and European representations of New World sacra and ritual, global modernisms, theories of representation, and the construction of narratives of place and cultural identity through the art object. Phone:  (518)580-5057 Address:  Skidmore College Filene Building 815 North Broadway Saratoga Springs, NY 12866

DepositDialogical Differences: (De-)Judaizing Jesus’ Circumcision

This essay seeks to rethink the inscription of difference in early Christianity by focusing on the role of the circumcision of Jesus—a paradigmatically Jewish mark on the Christian savior’s body—in early Christian “dialogue”-texts (both external dialogues, such as Justin’s Dialogue with Trypho, as well as erotapokriseis-texts, here framed as internal dialogues). When we examine how difference is both inscribed and deferred in these texts, as it is on Christ’s body, we can realize how difference is never really “other” but always retained within the chorus of Christian cultural identity, a productive heteroglossia that recalls the dominant strategies of Roman imperial power.

DepositCompelling culture: The rhetoric of assimilation among Samoan migrants in the United States

Studies of assimilation tend to focus on whether or not members of a migrant group are adjusting to their new surroundings. This article inverts this focus, asking not how migrant groups adjust, but rather how migrant groups use the language of assimilation to explain generation gaps and other exigencies of migration. This inversion sheds light on the ways a migrant group’s epistemological assumptions underlie their understandings of cultural identity, and shape how they might respond to dilemmas caused by migration. Building upon ethnographic fieldwork among Samoan migrants in the United States, the article explores how and why community workers use the rhetoric of assimilation to teach Samoan parents how to raise children in the U.S. context.