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White, Bob

Full Professor

  • Director, Laboratory for Research on Intercultural Relations (LABRRI)
  • Member of GIERSA
  • Member of CÉRIUM


  • Telephone 514-343-7329 Pav. PAV.M.CARON-L.GROULX-3200 J.B. \ Ext. C3080-1


White, Bob


Bob White (PhD, McGill, 1998) is a Full Professor in the Department of Anthropology at the Université de Montréal. His early research explored cultural and political dynamics in Africa through popular culture and mass media. His book Rumba Rules: The Politics of Dance Music in Mobutu's Zaire (Duke University Press, 2008) received the 2009 Anthony Leeds Award in Urban Anthropology and the 2010 Joel Gregory Prize in African Studies. After conducting research projects on the reception and globalization of popular culture, he directed a project documenting the evolution of cultural policies in post-colonial Francophone Africa.

Since 2005, he has been mainly interested in the dynamics of intercultural communication, particularly in an urban context. He has published on the theme of "culture," the ethnographic approach and intercultural policies in Quebec. As Director of the LABRRI (Laboratory for Research on Intercultural Relations), he is lead researcher for a partnership research project, "Making Cities Intercultural: Issues, Practices, Expertise" (SSHRC 2012). In 2014, he published a book entitled L'interculturel au Québec: Rencontres historiques et enjeux politiques (Presses de l'Université de Montréal), with Lomomba Emongo.

Research expertise

1) Communication dynamics in an intercultural context

2) Popular culture, mass media and globalization

3) Epistemology of the ethnographic approach

Areas of expertise