CfP – Hip Hop Studies

CfP: AMS/SMT Alternative-Format Joint Session on Hip-hop
Deadline: 15. Dezember 2017
In the introduction to his 2000 book Making Beats: The Art of Sample Based
Hip-Hop, Joseph Schloss notes the relative absence of music studies:

“It does no disservice to previous work to say that [hip-hop studies] has
tended to focus on certain areas (such as the influence of the cultural
logic of late capitalism on urban identities, the representation of race in
popular culture, etc.) to the exclusion of others (such as the specific
aesthetic goals that artists have articulated). Nor is it a criticism to
say that this is largely a result of its methodologies, which have, for the
most part, been drawn from literary analysis. We must simply note that
there are blank spaces and then set about to filling them in.”

While hip-hop studies has continued to grow into a formidable
interdisciplinary force covering a wide range of repertoire from multiple
disciplinary angles, the situation Schloss describes still obtains 17 years
later, and music studies remain relatively uncited in broader hip-hop
scholarship. Since the early contributions of Robert Walser (1995) and Adam
Krims (2000), a second generation of scholars have contributed to
discussions of hip-hop and race (Kajikawa 2015), religion (Miyakawa 2005),
flow (Adams 2009), postcolonialism (Rollefson 2017), and gender and
sexuality (Kehrer 2017). The purpose of this proposed alternative-format
session for the 2018 joint meeting of the American Musicological Society
and the Society for Music Theory is to present the plurality of current
research in music theory and musicology that engage with a range of hip-hop
topics, and additionally, to have a productive dialogue between
participants on our role within the wider area studies and how we can
better collaborate.

If the proposal is accepted, participants would need membership in either
AMS or SMT at the time of joint meeting in San Antonio in November of 2018.
While we envision that the session will comprise of multiple short (5-10
min) position papers or presentations of original research that focus on
methodological issues, we are very much open to other ideas as well as
variations in format.

Please submit the following to by the deadline of 15

–100 word proposal.

–AMS and/or SMT affiliation/intended affiliation (and institutional
affiliation, if any)

–3-5 Keywords or themes

–(optional) any other ideas for alternative format

Length of the panel proposed will be dependent on the cohesion of papers
and direction that the session takes based on who applies. The aim in
‘crowdsourcing’ the session in this way is to try and get a wide range of
perspectives from a diversity of backgrounds. Please note the session is
subject to approval by the AMS and SMT committees.

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