The Hip-Hop Think Tank is currently seeking panels, workshops, and performances for its second bi-annual conference titled, “Bridging the Gaps: Hip-Hop in the Age of Mass Incarceration and Deportation,” planned for Thursday and Friday, February 20-12, 2014 at California State University, Northridge. We intend to build upon our 2011 conference by exploring the various ways the Hip-Hop generation has responded to the rise of the prison industrial complex, anti-immigration legislation, and the criminalization of communities of color. Inspired by the 2010 TRiGGRing Change conference at Hampshire College, the Students Against Mass Incarceration (SAMI) conference at Howard University in 2013, as well as the on-going undocumented and immigrant student activism and advocacy of “Dreams to be Heard“ here at CSUN, our purpose for the conference is to highlight the social injustice of the growing carceral and surveillance state.
By illustrating the connections between “Stop and Frisk” in New York City, gang injunctions in Los Angeles, and the “Papers Please” provisions in Arizona, the conference will challenge the denial of human rights experienced by these diverse communities, utilizing Hip-Hop as our main language.
Panel/workshop subjects may include Hip-Hop in relationship to:
-The War on Drugs
-The Prison Industrial Complex
-“Know Your Rights”
-Gender (In)Equality (Patriarchy)
-Alternatives to Capitalism, etc.
Along with your name, institutional/organizational affiliation, contact information and presentation title, please send a 150-300 word abstract for a panel (one for the panel subject and one for each panelist), and/or workshop (details below), individual paper, art exhibition, or performance by Monday, January 20, 2014 to firstname.lastname@example.org.
You will be notified of your acceptance by January 27, 2014. You should include any A/V equipment needs. Individual paper presentations should be no longer than 20 minutes per panelist and workshops should not exceed an hour and fifteen minutes. Email us any questions you may have.
Submitting a Workshop?
Here are some things to consider: We invite people to submit workshop proposals on any of the topics mentioned above or others related to Hip-Hop and social justice. While we want to give facilitators latitude in organizing their workshops, please inform us whether it will be geared toward youths, adults, or in collaboration between youth and adults. Please plan your workshop to fill 1 hour and 15 minutes and we recommend that all workshops be interactive and solutions-oriented.
Please include the following in your Workshop proposal:
Title of proposed workshop and a brief description/summary of the workshop. (Be sure to sound compelling! This information is what will be in the program.) Please give a brief overview of the workshop including areas to be covered, techniques used, materials, etc. Also, describe the goals and objectives of this workshop. Is this a youth only workshop?
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