EVENTS and LECTURES
Currently Director of the Global Studies program at Bryant University.
December 2015 to July 2016
Fulbright Scholar at SOAS University of London. Conducted research on African music and legal issues that revolve around African expressive arts.
Perullo was asked to become the Coordinator for Global Studies at Bryant University. The new position is part of an effort at the University to grow the Global Studies program and to encourage more students to develop knowledge of international issues, concerns, and practices.
Perullo was awarded a Fulbright Scholar Award for the 2015/2016 academic year. The Award means that Perullo will be conducting research at the School for Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), which is part of the University of London system. Perullo's research is on early conception of law and rights among people in East Africa, as well as among musicians who toured through England beginning in the 1920s. The SOAS archive has a wealth of resources that will provide Perullo with extensive insight into legal issues in the commercialization of African music.
Perullo is presenting as part of NAFSA (Association of Interntational Educators) Academic Programs Factuly Conversations workshop on studying global issues. The panel includes Hilary Kahn (Indiana University), Zsuzsa Gille (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign), and Perullo. To learn more or register for the workshop, please click here.
Perullo was Visiting Associate Professor of Music at the Graduate Center, City University of New York (CUNY) located in Manhattan. He taught a course at CUNY that focuses on music, arts, and cultural economies in Africa and the African diaspora.
Perullo will be attending a Framing the Global meeting with scholars working on issues related to globalization. As part of the workshops, the scholars will attend a reception celebration the 25th anniversary of the Center for the Study of Global Change at Indiana University, Bloomington. Click here for more information on Framing the Global.
"Globe Style: Creative Youth and the Invention of Opportunity in East and West Africa,"
Univeristy of Helsinki
In September 2014, Perullo will present two keynote lectures at the University of Helsinki in Finland. The first lecture is part of the international symposium, “Struggle and Style: African Youth Cultures Today," which is being organized by the University of Helsinki’s discipline of Social and Cultural Anthropology in cooperation with South Africa’s Human Sciences Research Council. The symposium seeks to address current issues concerning youth cultures across Africa from an interdisciplinary perspective “Struggle and Style” approaches youth as a flexible and often prolonged period of life; according to conventional measures, such as establishing an independent household, many Africans remain reluctantly “youthful” well into their 30s. Yet even by more basic measurements, Africa is experiencing a demographic “bulge” with approximately sixty per cent the population under 24 years of age. Subject to high levels of unemployment and relatively low levels of education, Africa’s youth are alternatively depicted as a “ticking time bomb” ready to explode if new opportunities are not made available, and a vital asset to be harnessed in rapidly developing economies."Get Your Global out of My Local: The Particularities of Place and Genre in East African Hip Hop," University of Helsinki
A second lecture is also taking place in Finland as part of the Finnish Youth Research Society and the University of Helsinki’s discipline of Social and Cultural Anthropology. This international and interdisciplinary symposium will showcase contemporary studies of hip hop from established and emerging scholars from Finland and around the world. The symposium theme, Hip Hop Studies: Global and Local, focuses critical attention on the relationship between the globalization of hip hop and its many diverse manifestations in localities around the world, revealing hip hop’s complexities and contradictions. The worldwide popularity of hip hop can be attributed to both the immense power of the global culture industry, and to the vitality of countless local ‘underground’ hip hop scenes. Moreover, while the globalization of hip hop has introduced common elements in popular music and youth culture worldwide, localized expressions of hip hop are often suspicious of (sub)cultural homogenization and imitation.