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Hiphop Studies Futures: The 2015 Ohio State University Hiphop Literacies Conference
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An April 2015 conference "designed to explore Hiphop as a site of knowledge formation, identity construction, activism, artistry, and learning."

4/10/2015 to 4/11/2015
When: 4/10/2015
Where: The Ohio State University
Columbus, Ohio 
United States
Contact: Tay Glover

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The 2015 Hiphop Literacies Conference: Hiphop Studies Futures at The Ohio State University is designed to explore Hiphop as a site of knowledge formation, identity construction, activism, artistry, and learning. Hiphop Studies is a robust field of inquiry and endeavor-activists, artists, educators, and scholars contribute to the development of this multidisciplinary field. Many researchers, educators, artists, and youth advocates also use Hiphop to create dynamic futures for Hiphop generation youth. This year’s conference seeks to illuminate both the state of and new directions in Hiphop studies scholarship and Hiphop culture(s). We will address issues of identity, social stratification, globalization, popular culture and technology. Through workshops, paper presentations, performances, and roundtable discussions, we will bring together leading and emerging voices in Hiphop Studies to think critically about Hiphop in the 21st century and beyond. We will explore both the existing contours and the future possibilities of Hiphop Studies.
The Hiphop Literacies Conference promotes interdisciplinary research and teaching around the value of Hiphop and stimulates ongoing dialogue and outreach across various disciplines in the university and communities. The conference will be held at The Ohio State University Frank Hale Black Cultural Center, Friday, April 10–11, 2015. In addition to workshops led by renowned Hiphop scholars, artists and educators, the conference will feature presentations and performances by scholars, students and community members.
We seek proposals that consider the future of Hiphop Studies from diverse perspectives. We encourage artists, scholars, students (high school, undergraduate, and graduate students), and activists to submit abstracts for individual paper presentations or for 4–5 person roundtable sessions.
Possible Topics include:
  • Hiphop and Global Perspectives
  • Hiphop Literacies
  • Hiphop Aesthetics
  • Hiphop Feminism(s)/Womanism
  • Hiphop and the African Diaspora
  • Hiphop Methodologies
  • Queering Hiphop Studies
  • Hiphop arts: music, graffiti, rap, spoken word, dance, turntablism, entrepreneurism, literature, film
  • New, Digital, and Social Media in Hiphop
  • Hiphop Pedagogy
  • Hiphop Activism
  • Hiphop and Disability Studies
  • Hiphop Linguistics
  • Hiphop, Social Awareness, and Political Consciousness
Abstracts of 300 words for 15-minute individual paper presentations or 60-minute round table discussions on targeted issues or topics are welcome as well as other formats (i.e., ethnodrama, performance, poetry, autoethnography, and fiction). Abstracts of 500 words for 3-4 persons paper panels are also welcome. We are also seeking regional and local talent to perform on the bill with a national artist (TBA) on the final night of the conference.
Send abstracts for papers, round tables, and other formats, along with contact information to by December 20, 2014. Decisions will be made by January 20, 2015.

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