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Call for Papers - Hip Hop Mini-Symposium and Festival

October 17, 2014, Oregon State University – Corvallis, Oregon

The College of Liberal Arts at Oregon State University in conjunction with the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles and the Popular Music Studies Program at OSU will host a one-day conference and festival on the topic of Hip Hop Music and Culture. The conference will bring together two aspects of hip hop music: scholarship and performance. Our keynote speaker is the legendary hip hop performer MC Lyte.

Abstracts are being accepted for paper sessions and should be no longer than 500 words for a 20-minute presentation. We are interested in the interdisciplinary aspects of hip hop culture and music. Possible topics include: the future of hip hop music and practice; gender and race in hip hop; global hip hop; representation and the media; hip hop technology and the cultural production of rap music; and hip hop politics and activism.

Proposals should be sent with the subject heading: “Hip Hop Symposium Abstract” to Dr. Dana Reason (reasonmd@onid.oregonstate.edu). All proposals must be received by Friday, August 15.

Acceptance notices will be posted Monday August 25th. Accepted applicants must provide their own travel and lodging.

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