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The Queerness of Hip Hop/ The Hip Hop of Queerness Symposium and
Special Issue of Palimpsest [Due: Dec. 15, 2011]
full name / name of organization:
Harvard University and Palimpsest, A Journal of Women, Gender and the
Black International
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The Queerness of Hip Hop/ The Hip Hop of Queerness

Call for Papers for a One-Day Symposium at Harvard University and
Special Issue of Palimpsest, A journal of Women, Gender and the Black

Conveners/ Editors: Scott Poulson-Bryant and C. Riley Snorton, Ph.D.

Abstracts due December 15, 2011

Harvard University Symposium
September 21, 2012

As Queer Theory has developed as a discursive space in which to
investigate and find intellectual engagement with issues of
citizenship, nationalism, globalism, and race, hip hop studies has
increasingly become an important site of the study of sexuality,
gender and the body.

"The Queerness of Hip Hop/The Hip Hop of Queerness" project seeks to
make a critical intervention in both areas of study by placing the
fields alongside each other. In other words, ?The Queerness of Hip
Hop? looks to engage the ways that queer theory can (re)frame various
disciplinary approaches in the rapidly growing field of Hip Hop
Studies. One of the main goals of the project will be to focus on the
emergence of Queer Theory as a viable analytic in the academic areas
of hip hop cultural studies and African American cultural production
while also and conversely examining hip hop's roots in gay, lesbian,
bisexual, and transgender activism and intellectual growth.

We are particularly interested in scholarship that makes use of
cross-disciplinary approaches that sustain attention to both the
discursive linkages and slippages that may result from bringing hip
hop epistemologies to bear on contemporary queer theory and queer
canonical texts. Potential topics include (but are not limited to):

-       hip hop?s queer historiography
-       queer iconography in hip hop music videos and performance
-       hip hop?s queer aesthetics
-       sampling and remixing as queer sonic promiscuity
-       hip hop and gender performance
-       style and fashion as modes of hip hop discourse
-       queer readings of specific hip hop productions, personalities and
-       queer Diaspora/ hip hop Diaspora

Submitted abstracts will be considered for inclusion in both the
special issue of Palimpsest and the symposium. All submissions will be
acknowledged by January 1, 2012 and decisions will be made by February
1, 2012. Essays must be previously unpublished work, and symposium
participants are required to pre-circulate their essays with other
panelists. Please submit 300 word abstracts, CV, and contact
information to Scott Poulson-Bryant and C. Riley Snorton via

Eric Darnell Pritchard, PhD
Assistant Professor
Rhetoric and Writing
University of Texas at Austin

Affiliate, English
           African & African Diaspora Studies
           Center for Women's & Gender Studies

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