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11.27.04 12:08 AM

feminism and hip hop conference

this is an addendum to my earlier post

Feminism and Hip Hop Conference

DATE: Thursday, April 7-Saturday, April 9, 2005
TIME: See conference schedule
LOCATION: See conference schedule

In today’s increasingly mediated environment hip hop remains the most pronounced cultural identifier for young Americans regardless of gender, class or ethnicity. Alongside its various aesthetic contributions, the culture operates as a springboard for discourse surrounding the politics, desires, and activities of today’s youth and young adults. And while a substantial literature has emerged detailing the history and the current cultural domination of hip hop, there has also developed substantial writing and some research warning of the possible negative impact of hip hop culture on young African Americans, stemming from its focus and promotion of sex, drugs, crime, misogyny, consumerism and nihilism. It has been argued by commentators and casual observers that the imagery and lyrics of popular rap music and videos normalizes or even promotes the degradation of women, especially Black women. And while such opinions are expressed readily in newspapers, magazines and general conversation, there has existed little opportunity for extended discussion, research and debate to seriously explore such claims.

The Center for the Study of Race, Politics and Culture has decided to host this national conference on the topic of hip hop and feminism as an attempt to provide the needed space for debate and discussion about the impact of hip hop culture on the sexual, gender and racial understandings of young people around the world. This conference will provide a forum for scholars, students, artists, activists, community members and leaders, and members of the media interested in analyzing the relevancy of a feminist agenda among today’s hip hop generation. This event will also highlight the work of scholars, activists and artists across the country who are fighting for progressive representations of women in hip hop culture as they reshape feminist discourse and politics.

Confirmed participants include: Joan Morgan, Tricia Rose, Beverly Guy-Sheftall, Hazel Carby, dream hampton, Rachel Raimist, Jessica Care Moore, Melyssa Ford, Alison Duke, Tamika Guishard, Kim Osorio, Gwendolyn Pough, Farah Jasmine Griffin, Cheryl Keyes, Akiba Solomon, Imani Perry, Marcyliena Morgan, Mark Anthony Neal, Byron Hurt, Yvonne Bynoe, Rosa Clemente, and Moya Bailey.

This event is free and open to the public. Pre-registration is required. The deadline for registration is March 7, 2005. For additional information about the conference contact the Center for the Study of Race, Politics and Culture at (773) 702-8063 or Persons with disabilities who may need assistance should contact the Center in advance of the event.

See conference schedule
Conference Online Registration
Call for Papers

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