Larissa Johnson


Seventh Year Joint Graduate Student in Ethnomusicology and Africana Studies

103, Music Building

Larissa A. Johnson is a South African audiovisual artist pursuing doctoral studies in Music and

Africana Studies at the University of Pennsylvania. Larissa holds a Bachelor of Music from the

South African College of Music where she studied violin with Patrick Goodwin, and umrhubhe , a

rare non-percussive musical mouthbow, with Dizu Plaatjies. Her doctoral dissertation locates the

contemporary acquisition of musical mouthbow practice within a broader movement of indigenous

revivalist performance, and the production and politics of national history in South Africa. Her

scholarly interests include work on/in film and broadcasting in Africa and the diaspora, listening

and subjectivity, and experimental research and pedagogy in the humanities. Larissa is a Benjamin

Franklin PhD fellow, Wolf Humanities Center Graduate Fellow, and director of the 2023 Screening

Scholarship Media Festival at the University of Pennsylvania. Her work has been generously

supported by the Fulbright Scholarship and the National Research Foundation of South Africa.