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    “Show and Prove: The Tensions, Contradictions, and Possibilities of Hip Hop
    Scholarship in Practice”
    A Symposium Featuring New Work in Hip Hop Studies

    [NEW DATE!]
    Call for Proposals Due May 21, 2010
    Please submit a 200 word abstract and relevant contact information to

    New York University
    Performance Studies Department
    721 Broadway, 6th Fl. New York, NY
    Saturday September 18-19, 2010

    In Hip Hop performance communities, the “show and prove” attitude privileges
    action over words or the demonstration of skills over merely talking about
    them. “Show and prove” can also be an indirect critique of academics whose
    roles, in the simplest of terms, are to write on the actions of others. But
    with a growing number of practitioner-scholars and generations of those
    raised on Hip Hop taking classes, writing, and publishing work on the
    culture, today’s Hip Hop scholars feel as accountable to the academy as they
    feel to their own Hip Hop communities, seeking to give back in meaningful
    ways through their work. From negotiating the academy alongside varied Hip
    Hop audiences, these scholars must show and prove themselves in ways that
    may be conflicting or contradictory. At the same time, they struggle
    against the trappings of academic institutions that have historically
    objectified and even exploited such communities rather than recognizing them
    as active subjects in co
    llaborative projects.

    This symposium centers recent or unpublished work on Hip Hop by this new
    generation of scholars. It will be a forum for students of Hip Hop—whether
    in the classroom, the studio, the stage, or the streets—to exchange ideas,
    share their research, and ultimately contribute to an ever expanding body of
    work on Hip Hop. As a result, the symposium will showcase the current
    direction of the still-forming field of Hip Hop Studies. A select number of
    accepted papers will be included in a half-day, small group workshop on
    Sunday, September 19. This workshop will be an opportunity for presenters
    to get direct feedback on specific aspects of their projects from an invited
    scholar in the field.

    Key Words:
    Aesthetics of dance and visual art
    Theory from cultural practice
    Methodologies/ “Hiphopography”
    Dance/ visual art/ theater/ music and education
    Hip Hop as pedagogy
    The complexities of commodification
    Commercialization, Media, and Globalization
    Hip Hop and community impact/activism
    Is it Hip Hop?—e.g. graffiti art, “street jazz”, jerking, etc.
    Racial and gender constructions/tensions
    Gender and sexual identities in Hip Hop
    Hip Hop and political possibilities
    Shifting commitments of Hip Hop scholarship over time

    Imani Kai Johnson, Ph.D.
    Academic Diversity Post-Doctoral Fellow
    Department of Performance Studies
    Tisch School of the Arts, New York University
    O: 212.992.8418


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