The Center for Worker Education at the City College of New York is proud to again host the 3rd annual “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. This year’s theme is “The Battle,” a metaphor for a particular type of emotionally charged artistic execution. “The battle” has characteristic martial airs that should not detract us from its additional function as a process and theory of creativity. These extended contests influenced early graffiti writers and break dancers to new heights of originality. In rap music it takes on ritualistic forms of acknowledgement, challenge and revision that leads hip hop scholars engaged in their own movement of ideas to argue that the battle is Hip Hop’s own dialectic. It is in this spirit that we issue a “holla” for papers. Keep it movin’.
The conference invites proposals that explore “The battle” --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. his 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 battle. 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, 2012. Please email paper proposals and C.V. to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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