Breaking Rules: 3rd EHHSN Meeting – Registration Now Open!


The third edition of the European Hiphop Studies Network Meeting will take place from 11-12 September 2020 – live and online – in the Netherlands for the first time. And the hiphop city Rotterdam will be hosting it. We want you to be there and join the conversation!

The line-up will be a mix of international hiphop scholars, hiphop artists, graffiti specialists and urban culture experts. Such as: Ian Solomon-Kawall, Gregor Bulc and Dieuwertje Heuvelings. There will be Artist Talks – by bboy break dancer Redo, rapper Akwasi, and street soccer specialist Rocky – on the impact of hiphop on their lives and how they use this impact to inspire youth. The sessions will be live streamed online.

In addition, there will be sessions on hiphop studies, online and offline. For instance, get to know 12 young Dutch hip hop scholars who are grounded in the hiphop and academic communities, experience a somethin’-out-of-nothin’ session or an in the moment analysis of hiphop tracks, get involved in a discussion on feminism in rap music or share your thoughts on issues of belonging and non-belonging in hiphop.

This year’s meeting will feature a wide array of lively interactive sessions in which the audience’s participation and knowledge is indispensable. Feel free to join, feel free to share your thoughts, so that research on hip hop and its real life practice can reinforce each other.

This network meeting is organized in cooperation with LKCA and will take place during the Rotterdam Street Culture Weekend. The main language used in the meeting will be English.

Check out the complete line-up, all speakers, artists and topics for discussion.

Register now!

New Book: Perspectives esthétiques sur les musiques hip-hop

Hip-hop music, and rap in particular, have long been studied without a full recognition of their aesthetic dimensions in the French-speaking academic world. This collective book edited by Karim Hammou and Emmanuelle Carinos, in line with the international symposium “Conçues pour durer. French-speaking perspectives on hip-hop music” (Paris 2017), brings together an international network of French-speaking researchers, with various disciplines. It also establishes a dialogue with the actors and actresses of hip-hop music and the knowledge they forge on these aesthetic forms since its beginning.

The volume deals with themes as diverse as music criticism in France, the use of multilingualism in the Senegalese rap group Keur gui, the writing of human beatboxing, the links between Tupac and the thought of Machiavelli, or the use of Auto-Tune in French rap band PNL. It offers an essential milestone in the reflection on the methods and issues of academic research and hip-hop studies that can highlight the aesthetic richness of hip-hop music, and the accuracy of its analysis for any intellectual purpose.

Thanks to Karim Hammou and Emmanuelle Carinos for sharing!

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Dear friends,

we relaunched our Faceebook appearance just in time for the 3rd meeting of the European Hiphop Studies Network from 11-12 September 2020. Please join us on our newly created Facebook page to get the latest updates on the meeting.

You can also join the Network Meeting (event) on Facebook here.

Big up to Frieda Frost and our Rotterdam friends for creating and maintaining our new page!

See you next weekend live or online!


on behalf of the organizing committee

Job Opportunity: Black Health and the Humanities project, U Bristol

The Centre for Black Humanities at Bristol University is seeking a full-time Research Associate to work on a two-year Wellcome Trust funded project ‘Black Health and the Humanities’ led by Dr Josie Gill. A PhD in a field relevant to the research project, either completed or pending post-viva corrections, is essential.

The key aims of the project are:

  •  To establish an interdisciplinary network of researchers with the aim of investigating and bringing to light perspectives from the Black humanities on Black health and wellbeing. The network will bring together scholars whose research concerns how Black writers, theorists and artists have addressed the psychological and physiological health of black people across the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, with a particular focus on the Black British experience.
  •  To explore how research in Black humanities might intervene in the current racialized landscape of medicine and health.
  • To train and support a new generation of ECR scholars in the theories and methods of Black humanities and the medical humanities, exploring how they might intersect.

The successful candidate will research and identify relevant materials on Black health generated by Black scholars across disciplines including (but not limited to) English, History, History of Art, Philosophy, Theatre and Film. They will work closely with the PI to design workshops and recruit participants, taking the lead in organisation and facilitation. The role holder will lead on the development and maintenance of the project’s website and on social media output, and will work towards the creation of a publicly available online library of resources on Black health and the humanities. In addition, the Research Associate will support the PI’s own, related, research project, and will also be expected to develop their own research and publication record.

  • Start date: 1st October 2020
  • Grade: Research Associate, Pathway 2, Grade I
  • Salary: £33,797 to £38,017


Contact for informal enquiries:

Timescale of appointment:

Short-listed candidates will be notified on or around 26th August and invited to interview. They will be asked:

  1. to submit a sample of their recent academic writing, in English, of no more than 10,000 words, to as soon as possible after notification but no later than 28th August
  2. to deliver a 10-minute presentation on their research and on how it is relevant to the role.

Anticipated interview date: 2nd September

More details

Transcultural Hip-Hop @ U Bern: Postoned to 28-30 October 2021

Read a special message from the conference organizers:

“Dear all,

closely monitoring the global COVID crisis, we have been debating various options regarding how we can successfully hold the “Transcultural Hip-Hop” conference and we felt the most appropriate way forward was to delay the event for one year.

This means that we will hold the conference on Friday the 29th and Saturday the 30th October 2021 – with a kick-off event due to be held in the evening on Thursday the 28th October.

Although there are various online ways of holding such events, because of our inter-disciplinary approach we want to interact ‘in person’ with as many of our attendees as possible, and therefore a physical conference is very much our preferred option.

We hope that by moving the conference by exactly a year this will give our participants the best chance of attending. Further information, including the program will be posted at our website in due course:

Best wishes and stay safe,

The organising committee

James Barber, Christian Büschges, Britta Sweers & Dianne Violeta Mausfeld”

Read the original post of this event here.

CfP: Persecuting and Policing Rap, Deadline 1 Oct 2020

Contributions are invited to a special issue of Popular Music (Cambridge University Press, 40.4, 2021): on the complex interface between rap music (taken in its broadest sense to include mainstream rap, gangsta rap, grime, drill, activist rap, etc.) and criminal justice systems around the world.  

Rap music is an international youth-cultural powerhouse and, while its spread has been celebrated, it has also been attended by mounting criminalisation. This special issue asks researchers to explore the policing and prosecuting of rap and how this has been framed in media reporting. It also considers what might make rap susceptible to such state criminalization and how rappers, communities, civil liberties groups, defence lawyers, and scholars have come to challenge ‘prosecuting rap’.  

The growing use of rap music in criminal and civil proceedings has emerged as a well-documented debate and issue of public concern in the US—dubbed ‘Rap on Trial’ (as per the title of Andrea Dennis and Erik Nielson’s recent book). However, outside the US, it is much less understood and there is a pressing need for more scrutiny and critique. This special issue is particularly interested in work that addresses case studies and trends in the global South; in Britain and other non-US parts of the global North; and in comparative work on the US in relation to other countries.  

We welcome contributions from a range of disciplines (law, popular music, media studies, sociology, criminology, cultural studies, linguistics, socio-psychology, etc.). We’re keen on approaches that open outwards from concrete discourses, poetics, policies and practices to expose broader social trends, institutional processes, and critical concepts that lay bare state violence (racism; economic injustice; overpolicing, etc.) and that offer radical critiques. We are also keen on applied work, and contributions that engage with rappers, communities, activists, and criminal justice professionals.  

Rap music is policed by the state in a range of national contexts. In the UK, for instance, rappers have had injunctions imposed on their music, while rap is increasingly used as evidence in criminal trials, replayed in courtrooms to confirm stereotypes about the violent and criminal propensities of young black men. Rap music can be used to sweep a group of youngsters into a single serious-violence charge through gang narratives and controversial ‘joint enterprise’ law. How might rap feed into racist and class-based disparities in criminal-justice monitoring, censoring, data-gathering, policing, charging, convicting, sentencing, and media-framing in different countries? How might the prosecuting rap phenomenon open a window into wider racial inequalities in criminal justice systems? 

These questions about institutional racism in criminal justice systems and the weaponisation of black youth culture have been injected with urgency by the international antiracism protests that have swept 2020. 

Contributions should actively position themselves in relation to what’s already been said in the small but growing literature to generate new insights and approaches. 

Topics to be addressed may include:  

  • the use of rap music and black youth culture in criminal proceedings in various national contexts 
  • state regulation and censorship of rap recording, circulation and performance 
  • rap evidence and gang narratives in joint-enterprise and conspiracy cases 
  • informal policing (behaviour orders, public space protection orders, risk assessment forms, etc.) 
  • police databases, rap and the surveillance state 
  • rap and racism (institutional, cultural, overt) in criminal justice systems 
  • digital musical culture and rap evidence 
  • prosecuting rap as constraint on human capabilities/rights 
  • rap and laws of evidence 
  • the news-media framing of rap in criminal proceedings 
  • rap as anti-carceral ‘defunding’ culture 
  • community, musician and inter-generational responses to prosecuting rap 
  • youth, rap and criminal justice  
  • geographies of prosecuting rap and comparative perspectives 
  • prosecuting rap, capitalism and the cultural industries  
  • rap distinctions (genre labels; amateur v professional) and racial bias in the courtroom  
  • challenging prosecuting rap  

Call for Abstracts 

Please send Abstracts (300 words max) + bio (150 words max) to the three co-editors of the special issue by 1 October 2020 (commissioning of articles scheduled for October 2020, with completed commissioned articles by 1 July 2021): 

New Journal Global Hip Hop Studies Launched: Free First Issue!

It is a great pleasure to announce the launch of the new journal Global Hip Hop Studies. Griff Rollefson (UC Cork) and Adam Haupt (U Capetown) et al. have put together a new and exciting peer-reviewed, rigorous and community-responsive academic journal that publishes research on contemporary as well as historical issues and debates surrounding hip hop music and culture around the world. The first issue is available online and is open access. Enjoy reading about Filipino-American barbers in San Diego, DIY studios in India, and black women in digital spaces.

The GHHS’s proactive distribution model provides journal access to the under-resourced communities who created the culture, thus aiming at nothing less than a refiguration of the university knowledge trade. If you would like to obtain the journal for your community, email the editors. If you are a scholar, please get in touch with your insitution and ask your librarian to order through their usual channels.

Statement of Solidartiy

The European Hiphop Studies Network stands unequivocally in support of #BlackLivesMatter. 

We bear witness to the lives lost at the hands of police brutality, from Trayvon Martin, to George Floyd, from Sandra Bland to Brionna Taylor, Adama Traoré and so many others. 

We condemn police brutality and racism and we call out the systems of racialised inequality that make it possible – ideological structures that value whiteness more highly than other skin colours, unequal access to and quality of citizenship rights, housing, policing, education, and healthcare. 

We stand in solidarity with all who, on a daily basis, face blatant and subtle racism and discrimination in the US, in Europe and around the globe. Racial oppression may vary locally but it occurs globally.  

We encourage Network members and followers to consult the website of the Black Lives Matter movement on how to combat institutionalised racism, on how to promote allyship and to foster solidarity.

New Book: Rap de Acá: La Historia del Rap en Argentina

Rap de Acá, es el primer volumen de una serie de libros que abordan los origines del rap y el Hip Hop en la República Argentina. Este primer número abarca al surgimiento y evolución del rap desde sus comienzos hasta 1993. El mismo, a través de entrevistas a los propios protagonistas, busca reconstruir la historia de los primeros pasos de práctica del rap en Argentina. Con prólogo de Juan Data, histórico periodista fundador del fanzine Moshpit, y uno de los expertos en rap local, y un bonus track: un tema musical de tango rap compuesto por Smoler Bazz (ex Sindicato Argentino del Hip Hop) y Mariano y Alejandro Rucci (ex 9mm). Editado por Editorial Leviatan, se puede encontrar su versión impresa y ebook bajo la plataforma Kindle de Amazon.

Rap de Acá, is the first volume of a series of books that address the origins of rap and Hip Hop in the Argentine Republic. This first number covers the emergence and evolution of rap from its beginnings to 1993. The same, through interviews with the protagonists themselves, seeks to reconstruct the history of the first steps of practicing rap in Argentina. With a foreword by Juan Data, historical journalist founder of the fanzine Moshpit, and one of the experts in local rap, and a bonus track: a tango rap musical theme titled “De Pibes” composed by Smoler Bazz (ex-Argentine Hip Hop Syndicate) and Mariano y Alejandro Rucci (ex 9mm). Edited by Editorial Leviatan, this printed version can be found in traditional bookstores and in Ebook format under the Amazon Kindle platform. Rap de Acá is the first book that addresses the history of rap in our country.

Thanks to Martin Biaggini for sharing!