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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.

Improvisation is, simply put, being and living this very moment. No one can hide in music, and improvising in music is to be truly in this very moment and being completely yourself, with all your qualities and faults. It is probably the most honest state for a human being to be in.

– John McLaughlin in an interview with Daniel Fischlin.