Le Monde ou Rien? New French-language Issue on Authenticity in Rap and Hiphop

Séverin Guillard and Marie Sonnette edited a new volume on authenticity in hiphop entitled Le monde ou rien? Légitimité et authenticité dans les musiques hip-hop. It contains chapters on hiphop culture and rap music in France, Burkina Faso, and the United States. Access the volume here.

CfP: Hip Hop Ecologies, Ecozon@ 13.1 (Spring 2022)

Guest Editors: Alain-Philippe Durand (University of Arizona) and Timo Müller (University of Konstanz)

Hip-hop is one of the most successful forms of global cultural production today. Since its emergence in the Bronx neighborhood of New York City, it has spread around the world and exerted a considerable impact not only on pop culture, but also on social debates around race, class, language, nationality, gender, and a range of other issues. One topic that is rarely discussed, however, is the relationship between hip-hop and the environment.

As a predominantly urban phenomenon, hip-hop does not pursue an environmentalist agenda in any narrow sense. Its focus is traditionally on urban rather than natural life, on the city rather than the countryside. Nevertheless, an environmental perspective on hip-hop promises to enrich our understanding of the ways in which popular cultural forms shape and are shaped by environmental concerns. Such an approach can direct our attention to important dimensions of hip-hop that have remained marginal to public and scholarly debates. Conversely, hip-hop offers unconventional vistas that challenge narrow conceptions of the environment and its academic study. We invite contributions that explore, substantialize, and challenge these premises in all areas of hip-hop culture (rap music, emceeing, deejaying, breakdancing/b-boying, graffiti). Topics might include but are not limited to:

  • depictions and negotiations of nature in hip-hop
  • environmentalist messages in hip-hop
  • hip-hop conceptions of (urban) space in environmental terms
  • hip-hop and ecology
  • rural hip-hop and its environmental investments
  • material environments of hip-hop production and reception
  • environmentally aware or embedded hip-hop cultures
  • hip-hop in/and environmental activism
  • environmental framings in debates around hip-hop
  • hip-hop and the posthuman
  • hip-hop and the natural sciences
  • the land(s) of hip-hop

Ecozon@ is a multilingual journal. We invite contributions in English, French, German, or Spanish that discuss hip hop cultures in any geographic or linguistic setting.

Manuscripts should be between 6,000 and 8,000 words including abstract, keywords, and bibliography. We highly encourage potential contributors to submit an abstract by e-mail before March 2021 to either editor: Alain-Philippe Durand (adurand@arizona.edu) or Timo Müller, (timo.mueller@uni-konstanz.de).

Completed manuscripts are due on July 15, 2021 via the Ecozon@ website, which also provides a style guide.

Call for Contributions: Flip it and Reverse it: Hip-Hop Worldwide

Hip-hop started in the U.S. and its broad circulation has made it a global phenomenon. Decades after its birth, hip-hop is and has been resonating in a diversity of national, political and social contexts, with youth continuously reinventing it for their specific purposes. Interested in all forms of hip-hop culture and its elements, we invite you to submit essays, think pieces, interviews, translations and reviews relating to hip-hop’s multiple dimensions across geographical areas and historical periods.

The section “Flip it and Reverse it: Hip-Hop Worldwide” is a space for hip-hop-focused research and content. It is open but not limited to topics and issues dealing with hip-hop and identity, racial and gender politics, aesthetics and politics, activism, cultural representation, aesthetic experience, community building, space and place, cultural hybridization and cultural appropriation, Black studies, the African diaspora and other diasporic communities, globalization and circulation studies, media studies, sound and visual studies, music industry, music technology, language and poetics, oral history and historiography, institutionalization processes and hip-hop in the academy, and the methodological issues relating to studying hip-hop.

The section is open to scholars, students, journalists, activists, artists, archivists, and community organizers. We’d like to particularly encourage submissions from BIPOC individuals, LGBTQIA+ individuals, disabled individuals, and non-academically affiliated individuals.

Contributions should ideally be between 1500 and 3500 words, and take advantage of the online-digital format of the publication by making use of media content (pictures, videos, audio, etc.).

The section is the editorial space of the UCLA Hip-Hop Studies Working Group. It is a new section of the Sounding Board of the peer-reviewed UCLA journal Ethnomusicology Review. The Sounding Board is an informal, yet academically-focused online platform.

If you wish to contribute or have any questions please reach out to:

  • H. Samy Alim halim@ucla.edu
  • Samuel Lamontagne slamonta@ucla.edu
  • Tabia Shawel tshawel@bunche.ucla.edu

New Book: Brithop: The Politics of UK Rap in the New Century

Justin William’s new book Brithop is the first book-length study of politics and UK hip-hop. It discusses multiple forms of politics in rap discourses from Wales, Scotland, and England. Brithop shows a rich, multifaceted cultural reality reflective of the postcolonial condition of the UK.

Book cover of Justin William’s new book Brithop.

Call for Papers: Hip Hop & Higher Education Conference 2021, Deadline 5 Dec. 2020

Hip Hop’s global importance and impact is clear. It has travelled through space and time to entertain, inspire, teach, challenge and transform us, both individually and collectively. In the UK context, Hip Hop and Grime currently stand not only at the forefront of artistic innovation but also in the arena of political debate, setting cultural trends whilst providing crucial insight into some of society’s most pressing problems. However, UK universities have been hesitant to embrace Hip Hop as a creative, intellectual and pedagogical tool; one that can enrich the higher education experience for staff, students and community members, and also help dismantle the oppressive systems which underpin universities and wider society more generally. Within university walls, in fact, Hip Hop is often ridiculed or dismissed as a crude and inferior art form and culture. We who value and respect Hip Hop know that this could not be further from the truth.

The Hip Hop and Higher Education online conference is a one-day event, funded by the British Association for American Studies (BAAS), that will take place on Thursday 15th July 2021. Through this conference, we seek to do three things:

  • Provide a space for people to exhibit and enjoy the critical, creative and communal elements of Hip Hop
  • Interrogate Hip Hop’s exclusion from higher education, linking it to intersecting systems of oppression and discrimination which underpin the university and wider society
  • Explore the merits and possible dangers of incorporating Hip Hop into formal sites of higher education

In order to reflect and honour the dynamism of Hip Hop, music and performance will feature throughout the day. In that vein, we not only invite artists, academics (early careers/established) and members of the Hip Hop community to submit proposals for papers, but also group presentations, performances, videos, virtual exhibitions, discussion groups and creative workshops.

Deadline and instructions for abstract submissions:

Please email a 300-word abstract clearly outlining your proposal, as well as a brief 100-word bio to alex.mason@sheffield.ac.uk by the 5th December 2020

Possible topics pertaining to Hip Hop and higher education include (but are not limited to):

  • Activism and protest
  • Appropriation, Commodification and/or Neoliberalism
  • Community Engagement
  • Decolonising the Curriculum
  • Home and Belonging
  • History, Collective Memory and the Archive
  • Krip Hop
  • Identity (e.g. racial, class, gender, sexual, religious)
  • Intersecting Systems of Oppression
  • Liberational Pedagogy / Teaching Practice
  • Mental Health
  • Performance
  • Philosophy
  • Poetry, Literature and Lyricism
  • Politics
  • Space and Place (e.g. City, Region, Nation)
  • Technology

We look forward to hearing from you!

  • Dr Alex Mason (Arts & Humanities Knowledge Exchange Project Manager, University of Sheffield)
  • Dr Stuart Green (Senior Lecturer in Spanish, Leeds University)
  • Otis Mensah (Independent Artist and Educator)

Review Copies Available: Poetic Resurrection: The Bronx in American Popular Culture

While many Americans dismissed the borough of The Bronx in the late 1970s through the belief that »The Bronx is burning,« this study challenges that assumption. As the first explicit study on The Bronx in American popular culture, this book shows how a wide variety of cultural representations, such as hip-hop, film, photography, and literature, engaged in a complex dialogue on its past, present, and future. Sina A. Nitzsche argues that popular culture ushered in the poetic resurrection of The Bronx, an artistic and imaginative rebirth, that preceded, promoted, and facilitated the spatial revival of the borough.

Read the introduction of Poetic Resurrection.

If you want to review this book, email Sina.

Book Cover of Sina Nitzsche’s new book Poetic Resurrection.

Gobal Conference on Hip Hop Education, 3-9 Feb 2021, Online

Join the Hip Hop Association of Advancement & Education at The Global Conference on Hop Hop Education on February 3-9 2021!

The GCHHE objective is to bring together scholars, artists, advocates and practitioners who engage in Hip Hop to both define Hip Hop Pedagogy, and explore how Hip Hop Pedagogy can be used to empower our global community. Due to the COVID-19, the Global Conference on Hip Hop Education will be held virtually! We are excited to explore what Hip Hop pedagogy looks like during these times. We will be extending our early bird registration and have decreased the cost of attendance for all participants.

Registration Rates

  • General Registration : $70 (Includes Badge and Paper Program)
  • Student Registration : $21 (Includes Badge and Electronic Program)
  • You may register via our website https://www.hhaae.org/registration

Contact Information


Cindy Macias, Conference Director, Global Conference on Hip Hop Education

Email: HHAAEBoard@gmail.com

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!