CFP: [Collections] Is Paris Burning? Parisian Rap, Hip Hop and Civil Unrest

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Richard Gray
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Following the Paris riots of 2005, there emerged a backlash against
French rap and hip hop artists who were immediately blamed for inciting
the youth of the "banlieues" to riot. For many years, French rap and hip
hoppers had been writing music outlining the sub-standard conditions of
the "banlieues" as residents fought to overcome racism, poverty, and an
often poor relationship with the police. Most artists defended
themselves, stating that their music was never intended to incite
violence, but was rather meant to simply make known the problems that had
brought the citizens of the "banlieues" to riot.
For the upcoming essay collection, "Is Paris Burning? Parisian Rap, Hip
Hop and Civil Unrest," I am soliciting contributions that illustrate the
principle themes expressed in Parisian rap and hip hop dating just prior
to the 2005 riots up to the present day as they pertain to the notion of
marginalization and civil unrest. This collection seeks engaging
contributions that function either to laud or to criticize Parisian rap
and hip hop over the last several years. I am looking for contributions
from a range of scholars, including ethnomusicologists, psychologists,
sociologists, cultural anthropologists, literary scholars, linguists,
etc. Junior faculty are welcome and encouraged to submit an abstract.
Please address inquiries and send abstracts of up to 500 words and a
brief CV (as Word docs) to the editor, Richard Gray, at
Abstracts are due by Friday, December 5, 2009. Authors will be notified
of their acceptance by the end of January and will be expected to submit
completed essays of 4,000-7,000 words (with notes) in May 2009. This
collection will be published in English.

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