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Hip Hop Studies: North and South

Posted: March 17th, 2015 | Filed under: Calls for Papers | No Comments »

Helsinki, Finland, 19-20 November 2015.

The keynote speaker will be Murray Forman (Northeastern University, USA).

As hip hop scholarship continues to develop its analysis of increasingly diverse and dynamic cultural forms, this conference will celebrate and critically examine hip hop in its geographic, cultural, ideological, and musical multiplicities. Embracing a consciously global focus which will allow for in-depth and comparative analyses of hip hop’s many contrary currents, this conference will highlight new research on hip hop by scholars in the Nordic countries, and seek to build dialogue with scholars from the rest of Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Americas. This conference will also engage local hip hop artists, journalists, and youth workers in dialogue with university-based hip hop scholars.

This conference is open to the analysis of all aspects of hip hop culture. We particularly welcome papers addressing:

  • hip hop in the Nordic countries,
  • hip hop in the global south,
  • hip hop and social inequality,
  • hip hop and fashion,
  • hip hop and gender,
  • hip hop and language,
  • hip hop and education,
  • underground and mainstream genres,
  • multimodalities of hip hop,
  • freestyle rap,
  • hip hop studies and ethnographic methods,
  • hip hop and spirituality,
  • hip hop and youth studies,
  • musicological studies of hip hop.

    It is expected that publications will develop from papers presented at the conference.

    The working language of the conference will be English.

    The conference will be preceded by a one-day Master’s Student Hip Hop Studies Seminar on 18 November. Current and prospective Master’s students will be invited to submit material for review and discussion by senior academics and peers in a friendly and interdisciplinary environment. Further details will be made available in due course.

    To participate in the Hip Hop Studies: North and South conference, please email an abstract of 300 words (maximum) along with your name, affiliation, and contact details to [email protected] before 31 May 2015.

    Confirmation letters and further information will be sent by 18 June 2015.

    This event is organized by the research network Hip Hop in Finland: Genres and Generations, an initiative of the Finnish Youth Research Society. It is made possible with the support of the Finnish Jazz and Pop Archive, the Finnish Youth Research Society, the International Institute for Popular Culture, IASPM Norden, the Finnish Doctoral Programme for Music Research, and the University of Helsinki’s discipline of Social & Cultural Anthropology.

    For further information please contact [email protected]

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