This panel explores French hip-hop’s engagement with Islam in order to understand its ethnic, cultural, and political significance to youth of immigrant origin in France. While scholarship on French rap music has focused chiefly on constructions of ethnic and racial identity, the question of Islam in French rap remains underexplored. This panel seeks to address this gap in coverage by analyzing how rappers—for example, Abd al Malik, Médine, Rhoff, Diam's, and Kery James—reclaim Muslim identities in their works and refute the binary and essentialist interpretations of Islam imposed on them. Such analyses encourage a pluralistic view of Muslim identities in French public life. How do rappers represent their personal and discursive relationships with Islam in their works? How might rappers challenge racism and Islamophobia and promote a greater understanding of Muslim identities in contemporary French society? Interdisciplinary approaches are encouraged.
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The 2013 NeMLA convention continues the Association's tradition of sharing innovative scholarship in an engaging and generative location. The 44th annual event will be held in historic Boston, Massachusetts, a city known for its national and maritime history, academic facilities and collections, vibrant art, theatre, and food scenes, and blend of architecture. The Convention, located centrally near Boston Commons and the Theatre District at the Hyatt Regency, will include keynote and guest speakers, literary readings, film screenings, tours and workshops. Interested participants may submit abstracts to more than one NeMLA session; however, panelists can only present one paper (panel or seminar). Convention participants may present a paper at a panel and also present at a creative session or participate in a roundtable.
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