Rap and Hip Hop Culture CFP

deadline for submissions: 
November 1, 2016
full name / name of organization: 
Pop Culture and American Culture Association
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Call for Papers

Rap and Hip Hop Culture

Southwest Popular / American Culture Association (SWPACA)


38th Annual Conference, February 15-18, 2017

Hyatt Regency Hotel & Conference Center

Albuquerque, New Mexico


Proposal submission deadline: November 1, 2016


Proposals for papers and panels are now being accepted for the 38th annual SWPACA conference.  One of the nation’s largest interdisciplinary academic conferences, SWPACA offers nearly 70 subject areas, each typically featuring multiple panels.  For a full list of subject areas, area descriptions, and Area Chairs, please visit http://southwestpca.org/conference/call-for-papers/ 


Proposals are now being accepted for the Rap and Hip Hop Culture area.  We had excellent representation in this Area last year and we are looking to expand in both quantity and complexity for this year’s conference.  We are particularly interested in proposals that address the following but will consider any proposal that deals with rap music and hip hop culture:

  • Intersections of Hip Hop and Pedagogy

  • Rap Music, Hip Hop Culture, and Space/Place

  • Theoretical approaches to Hip Hop (i.e., Language Theory/Postmodernism/Social Theory)

  • Rap, Hip Hop, and Academic Disciplinarity

  • Rhetorical Approaches to Rap Music and Hip Hop Culture

  • Rap, Hip Hop, and Film/Documentary

  • Hip Hop Subjectivities/Agency

  • Anthropological/Sociological approaches to Hip Hop Culture

  • Economics and Hip Hop Culture

  • Discussions of international Hip Hop

  • Intersections of Hip Hop and Religion/Theology

  • Hip Hop and Technology

  • Latino Hip Hop

  • Women and Hip Hop

  • Hip Hop in the age of Obama


    As always, papers and panels that consider the myriad ways that Rap Music and Hip Hop culture impact and feed upon popular and American culture are encouraged.  This area should be construed broadly, and we seek papers that aren’t afraid to take risks.  Proposals from graduate students are particularly welcome.

    All proposals must be submitted through the conference’s database at http://conference2017.southwestpca.org/ 


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    For details on using the submission database and on the application process in general, please see the Proposal Submission FAQs and Tips page at



    Individual proposals for 15 minute papers must include an abstract of approximately 200-500 words.  Including a brief bio in the body of the proposal form is encouraged, but not required.  


    For information on how to submit a proposal for a roundtable or a multi-paper panel, please view the above FAQs and Tips page.  


    The deadline for submissions is November 1, 2016.   

    SWPACA offers monetary awards for the best graduate student papers in a variety of categories. Submissions of accepted, full papers are due December 1.  For more information, visit http://southwestpca.org/conference/graduate-student-awards/


    Registration and travel information for the conference is available at http://southwestpca.org/conference/registration/


    In addition, please check out the organization’s peer-reviewed, scholarly journal, Dialogue: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Popular Culture and Pedagogy, at http://journaldialogue.org

    If you have any questions about the Rap and Hip Hop Culture area, please contact its Area Chair, Robert Tinajero, Paul Quinn College, rtinajero@pqc.edu or on Twitter @RobertTinajero


    We look forward to receiving your submissions.