Bridging the Gaps: Hip-Hop in the Age of Mass Incarceration and Deportations (February 20-21, 2014)

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Anthony Ratcliff/Department of Pan African Studies

The Hip-Hop Think Tank currently seeks panels, workshops, and performances for our second bi-annual conference titled, "Bridging the Gaps: Hip-Hop in the Age of Mass Incarceration and Deportation," planned for Thursday and Friday, February 20-21, 2014 at California State University, Northridge. We intend to build upon our previous conference by exploring the various ways the Hip-Hop generation has responded to the rise of the prison industrial complex, anti-immigration legislation, and the criminalization of communities of color.

Inspired by the 2010 TRiGGRing Change conference at Hampshire College, the Students Against Mass Incarceration (SAMI) conference at Howard University in 2013, as well as the on-going undocumented and immigrant student activism and advocacy of "Dreams to be Heard" here at CSUN, our purpose for the conference is to highlight the social injustice of the growing carceral and surveillance state.

By illustrating the connections between "Stop and Frisk" in New York City, gang injunctions in Los Angeles, and the "Papers Please" provisions in Arizona, the conference will challenge the denial of human rights experienced by each of these diverse communities, utilizing Hip-Hop as our main language.

Along with your name, institutional/organizational affiliation, contact information and presentation title, please send a 150-300 word abstract for a panel (one for the panel subject and one for each panelist), and/or workshop (details below), individual paper, art exhibition, or performance by Monday, January 20, 2014 to

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