Call for Papers: Reader on Latino/a & Latin American Hip Hop
Call for Papers Date:
Hip-hop has grown into a multilingual, multiethnic, intergenerational, global yet localized and regional collection of cultural expressions. Descendants of Latin American immigrants in the United States were instrumental in the foundations of hip-hopís four elements both on the east and west coasts, adapting some of the cultural traditions of their ancestorís homelands to a different environment and time. On the east coast, those early stages of development took place primarily within the Puerto Rican and African American communities of the South Bronx, while on the West Coast, artists like Mellow Man Ace and Kid Frost opened doors by infusing Spanish into their lyrics.
Clearly, from the earliest days, hip-hop has not just been about music, but about community and exchange to which Latinos have been extremely instrumental and influential. However, for the past several decades that cultural exchange has expanded traveling to Latin America and back as visual artists, music producers, MCs, vocalists, and dancers from Latina America create localized art combining their surrounding culture with influences from North of the US border. Hip hop in Latina America has grown to the point where Latin American artists are now major influences for some US Latino and non-Latino artists, traveling around the world and performing in large non-English language showcases. In many cases hip-hop has been attached an ethos of social justice ĖAfro-descendants and indigenous peoples have used the form to call for racial and social equality in their countries, while others have employed hip-hop to comment on the effects of neo-liberalization and global capital.
The editors for this volume are searching for well-researched essays, between 3,000-10,000 words including citations, pertaining to hip-hop and hip-hop related movements born in Latina America, including Haiti and Brazil. Essays examining hip hop and social justice as well as questions of race, indigeneity and gender are especially sought. Deadline: January 15, 2014.
Jason Nichols, Phd: firstname.lastname@example.org
African American Studies, University of Maryland College Park
Melissa Castillo-Garsow: email@example.com
American Studies & African American Studies, Yale University
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