The Center for Worker Education at the City College of New York is proud to again host the “Is Hip-Hop History?” conference. As the first hip-hop conference hosted by a worker education program, it aims to provide a forum that features the work of researchers, hip-hop industry practitioners, artists, and working adult students.
The conference invites proposals that explore how conflicting standards and values by artists and others, challenge hip-hop’s viability as one of the U.S.’s most important popular cultural forms. We also invite papers that address hip-hops current and potential function among established academic disciplines (education, psychology, history, communication, the arts and social sciences), as well as the role of gender, class and race in assessing the wide range of meaning invested in its various elements.
This year “Is Hip Hop History” continues the dialogue between pioneers, artists, academics, working people, and fans of all ages, with an additional focus on the role and function of the art of hustling. The verb hustling is an accepted part of the lexicon of “Black” and “Brown” urban residents. The term most often refers to the use of wit and cunning in innovative ways, legal and extra-legal, primarily to generate income. From its inception hip hop has been a means and an end for just such resourcefulness. Urban youth often alienated from mainstream job markets made it an opportunity. Other artists, intellectuals and finally corporations, would also come to find opportunities in this new aesthetic that could move bodies, expand art, change fashion, and inspire research. We expect that these bodies of work will appropriately engage and challenge prior scholarship and most importantly, represent the future direction of hip-hop.
Paper, panel and roundtable proposals should be submitted in the form of 200-500 word abstracts by February 2, 2010. Please email paper proposals and C.V. to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Interested participants should submit an abstract and bio. Abstracts must be 500 words or less, and they should include the title of the paper, a brief bio and description of your current work and interests, and contact information (name, institutional affiliation, department and e-mail address). All abstracts should be submitted as a Microsoft Word document that includes double-spacing, 12 point Times New Roman font, and a header with your name and page numbers. Conference presentations will be approximately 20 minutes.
Abstracts should either be mailed to The City College Center for Worker Education, ATTN: Warren Orange, 25 Broadway, 7th Floor, New York, New York or sent via e-mail to email@example.com. All abstracts must be received by 5:00 p.m. CST on February 2, 2010.
For more information about the site, go to http://www.ccny.cuny.edu/ishiphophistory.
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Center for Worker Education
25 Broadway, 7th Floor
New York, NY 10004
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