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Rap and Hip Hop Culture (http://register.southwestpca.org/southwestpca)

Albuquerque, NM
Organization: SWPACA
Event: http://register.southwestpca.org/southwestpca
Categories: Postcolonial, American, Hispanic & Latino, Interdisciplinary, Lingustics, Popular Culture, Rhetoric & Composition, World Literatures, African-American, Colonial, Revolution & Early National, Transcendentalists, 1865-1914, 20th & 21st Century, Aesthetics, Anthropology/Sociology, Classical Studies, Cultural Studies, Environmental Studies, Film, TV, & Media, Food Studies, History, Philosophy, African & African Diasporas, Asian & Asian Diasporas, Australian Literature, Canadian Literature, Caribbean & Caribbean Diasporas, Indian Subcontinent, Eastern European, Mediterranean, Middle East, Native American, Scandinavian, Pacific Literature
Event Date: 2024-02-21 to 2024-02-24 Abstract Due: 2023-10-31

45th Annual Conference, February 21-24, 2024
Marriott Albuquerque
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Submissions open on September 1, 2023
Proposal submission deadline: October 31, 2023

Proposals for papers and panels are now being accepted for the 45th 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/

Specifically, proposals are being accepted for the Rap and Hip Hop Culture area. We had excellent representation in this area last year and 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 (Language Theory/Postmodernism/Social Theory, etc.)
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
Hip Hop and LGBTQUI Issues
Hip Hop Aesthetics
Hip Hop History
International Hip Hop
Intersections of Hip Hop and Religion/Theology
Hip Hop and Technology
Indigenous Cultures and Hip Hop
Colorism in Hip Hop Expressions
Hip Hop and Issues in the Music Industry
LatinX Hip Hop
Women and Hip Hop
Hip Hop and Politics

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://register.southwestpca.org/southwestpca

For details on using the submission database and on the application process in general, please see the Proposal Submission FAQs and Tips page at http://southwestpca.org/conference/faqs-and-tips/

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 October 31, 2023.

SWPACA offers monetary awards for the best graduate student papers in a variety of categories. Submissions of accepted, full papers are due January 1, 2024. SWPACA also offers travel fellowships for undergraduate and graduate students. For more information, visit http://southwestpca.org/conference/graduate-student-awards/

Registration and travel information for the conference will be available at http://southwestpca.org/conference/conference-registration-information/
For 2023, we are excited to be at a new venue, the Marriott Albuquerque (2101 Louisiana Blvd NE, Albuquerque, NM 87110), which boasts free parking and close proximity to dining, shopping, and other delights.

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, University of North Texas at Dallas, at robert.tinajero@untdallas.edu. If you have general questions about the conference, please contact us at support@southwestpca.org, and a member of the executive team will get back to you.

This will be a fully in-person conference. If you’re looking for an online option to present your work, keep an eye out for details about the 2024 SWPACA Summer Salon, a completely virtual conference to take place in June 2024. However, do keep in mind that the Summer Salon is a smaller conference with limited presentation slots and no student funding assistance.

We look forward to receiving your submissions!


Robert Tinajero