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Call For Papers

Hiphop Literacies: The Globalization of Black Popular Culture, An Interdisciplinary Conference
The Ohio State University
May 9th-11th, 2012

Call For Papers/Proposals/Performers:

The 2012 Hiphop Literacies conference is designed to explore Hiphop as a site of knowledge formation, identity construction and learning. Various global Hiphop cultures have emerged as a response to numerous socioeconomic, political, and cultural factors influencing new youth identity formations so extensively that its methodology is now an important area of cross- and inter-disciplinary study. The diverse elements of Hiphop that have emerged from black and brown youth starting in the 70s have changed the ways in which we think about how identities are defined in social contexts. These Afro-diasporic cultural expressions have been significant points of interrogation for the extensive diversity of Hiphop. Emerging most publicly in the post-industrial age of global information, electronic mass media, and digital literacies, Hiphop affords new understandings of shifting of social boundaries that presents opportunities to uncover and legitimate new forms of learning.

A major goal of "Hiphop Literacies" is to promote interdisciplinary research and teaching around the value of Hiphop, stimulate ongoing dialogue and outreach across various disciplines in the university and communities.  The conference will be held at The Ohio State University May 9th-11th, 2012. In addition to scheduled talks and workshops by renowned Hiphop scholars, artists and educators, the conference will host presentations and performances by scholars, students and community members. The conference will also feature a lecture and headline performance by a nationally recognized Hiphop artist.

We are seeking proposals that consider aspects of Black diasporic Hiphop and new ways of envisioning the roles of such in local and transnational cultures.

 Possible Topics include:
Transnational Hiphop and Hybridity
Hiphop literacies and education
Hiphop Nation Language and Discourses
Politics of place, space and race
Information/Digital Technology
Hiphop methodologies
Sexualities, feminisms and gender in Hiphop
Hiphop arts: music, graffiti, rap, spoken word, dance, turntablism, entrepreneurism, literature, film
Music-Reggae/Dancehall, Reggaeton, Highlife, and Hiphop/rap
Global Hiphops
Hiphop activism
Global Hiphop economics
Global representations, appropriations, recontextualizations and interpretations of American Hiphop youth
Hiphop, social awareness and political consciousness.

Abstracts of 300 words for 20 minute paper presentations, 45 minute round table discussion on targeted issues or topics are welcome as well as other formats (i.e., ethnodrama, performance, poetry, autoethnography, and fiction).  We are also seeking regional and local talent to perform on the bill with a national artist (TBA) on the final night of the conference.

Send abstracts for papers, round tables and other formats, along with contact information to Hiphopliteracies@gmail.com by January 16, 2012. Decisions will be made by February 20, 2012.

 Local and regional performers should send link to performance video and bio to Hiphopliteracies@gmail.com by March 1, 2012 (put "performer" in subject line)

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