CfA: Latin American Hip-Hop (alter/nativas)

alter/nativas: Latin American Cultural Studies Journal
Latin American Hip-Hop

Contributors are needed for a special edition on Latin American hip-hop for the online journal, alter/nativas: Latin American Cultural Studies Journal (, associated with the Center for Latin American Studies at The Ohio State University.

From a cultural and musical practice that originated among African American and Hispanic youth in the Bronx, hip-hop has become a global signifying practice providing new parameters of meaning to locally and nationally diverse groups. Throughout Latin America, youth have appropriated hip-hop as a musical medium for voicing concerns and perspectives on a slue of both local and global issues. For this reason, this musical practice provides a rich site for an analysis of the symbolic as well as the material impacts of the global culture industries.

The general objective of this special edition is to compile essays that
1) are representative of hip-hop’s diverse expressions in Latin America while
2) analyzing the complexity of Latin American hip-hop as it relates to globalization, capitalism, popular culture, social and political protest, racism, ethnicity, identity, gender, the nation, etc.

Submitting a proposal:

By Feb 28, 2013, submit a one-page abstract of your proposed essay and an abbreviated CV or academic bio focusing on your research expertise. Submissions and inquires should be sent via email to Christopher Dennis (dennisc at

About the Editor of this special edition:

Christopher Dennis is an Associate Professor of Spanish at the University of North Carolina Wilmington. He specializes in the history, literatures and cultures of Colombia, specifically Afro-Colombian literatures and cultures. In his recently published book, Afro-Colombian Hip-Hop: Globalization, Transcultural Music, and Ethnic Identities (2011), he explores how Afro-Colombian hip-hop artists rework ethnic identity while using hip-hop and digital media as tools for carrying their perspectives, histories, and expressive forms to national and international audiences.

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