Is Hip-Hop History? Conference February 19-20, 2010

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The City College Division of Interdisciplinary Studies at the Center for Worker Education
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The Center for Worker Education at the City College of New York is proud to host its first hip-hop conference, Is Hip-Hop History? As the first hip-hop conference hosted by a worker education program, it aims to provide a forum that features the work of researchers, hip-hop industry practitioners, artists, and working adult students.

The conference invites proposals that explore how conflicting standards and values by artists and others, challenge hip-hop's viability as one of the U.S.'s most important popular cultural forms. We also invite papers that address hip-hops current and potential function among established academic disciplines (education, psychology, history, communication, the arts and social sciences), as well as the role of gender, class and race in assessing the wide range of meaning invested in its various elements. We expect that these bodies of work will appropriately engage and challenge prior scholarship and most importantly, represent the future direction of hip-hop.

Paper, panel and roundtable proposals should be submitted in the form of 200-500 word abstracts by January 2, 2010. Please email paper proposals and C.V. to

Submission Guidelines

Interested participants should submit an abstract and bio. Abstracts must be 500 words or less, and they should include the title of the paper, a brief bio and description of your current work and interests, and contact information (name, institutional affiliation, department and e-mail address). All abstracts should be submitted as a Microsoft Word document that includes double-spacing, 12 point Times New Roman font, and a header with your name and page numbers. Conference presentations will be approximately 30 minutes.

Abstracts should either be mailed to The City College Center for Worker Education, ATTN: Elena Romero, 25 Broadway, 7th Floor, New York, New York or sent via e-mail to All abstracts must be received by 5:00 p.m. CST on January 2, 2010.