Faculty & Staff

Program Director

Nicholas Hockin – Director, Arts and Culture in Cameroon

  • Assistant Professor of Ethnomusicology, Carleton College
  • PhD Candidate (Ethnomusicology); MA Music (Ethnomusicology), Wesleyan University; BFA Music (Performance), York University (Toronto)

Professor Hockin has been directing the Arts and Culture program since 2007. In 2017, he will also direct Globalization and Sustainable Development in Cameroon in collaboration with local faculty from the University of Buea.

Hockin is an ethnomusicologist completing his doctoral degree at Wesleyan University. The working title of his dissertation is “Drumming Modernity: The Rise of the Djembe in Bamako, Mali.” In addition to an active career as a percussionist in various jazz, pop and world music ensembles (South Africa, Brazil, Indonesia, Cuba, West Africa), and as creative collaborator in modern dance and theatre projects in his home city of Toronto, Nick has extensive experience teaching Malian and Guinean djembe and dunun repertoire and Senegambian kuotiro, as well as some Shona mbira music from Zimbabwe.

Professor Hockin’s research in West African music has focused on the Mande cultural region of Mali and Guinea since 1999. His experience as a student and performer of Mande music provides the practical grounding for his theoretical work on indigenous, local engagement with tradition and modernity in an increasingly globalized world. Over the last 16 years he has developed an extensive international network of contacts, including visual and performing artists and artisans who personify the unique bridging of historical and contemporary cultural elements so prevalent in urban West Africa today.