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Sunday, March 25 • 9:00am - 11:00am
Roundtable: Toward a Culture-Emergent Hip-Hop Studies

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This roundtable features accomplished scholar-practitioners of hip-hop, some of whom approach this work as hip hop artists turned academics; some as academics who became artists in the process of researching hip hop; and some who experience hip-hop as part of the ongoing negotiation of their everyday lives. Discussants are asked to reflect on the virtues and potential pitfalls involved in this cultural collision of research, performance, advocacy and personal expression. In what ways do these experiences reflect the condition of urbanity itself, which gave rise to hip-hop in the first place?

With: Sujatha Fernandes, Ali Colleen Neff, Joe Schloss, and Oliver Wang

Moderator: Anthony Kwame Harrison


Sujatha Fernandes

Sujatha Fernandes is associate professor of Sociology at Queens College and the Graduate Center, CUNY. She is the author of Cuba Represent! (Duke University Press, 2006) and Who Can Stop the Drums? (Duke University Press, 2010). Her most recent book is Close to the Edge: In Search of the Global Hip Hop Generation (Verso, 2011). She has lived, performed and done field research on hip hop in Sydney, Havana, Chicago, and... Read More →

Anthony Kwame Harrison

Anthony Kwame Harrison is associate professor of Sociology and Africana Studies at Virginia Tech. Kwame is author of Hip Hop Underground (Temple University Press, 2009) and associate editor of the Journal of Popular Music Studies. He has released several CDs, twelve-inch singles, and underground tapes as a member of the Bay Area’s Forest Fires Collectives.   Abstract: | | "The The ? Remains: Toward a Culture-Emergent Hip-Hop... Read More →

Ali Colleen Neff

Ali Colleen Neff is a writer, filmmaker, and turntablist with the Bay Area\'s Red Wine Society. As a Ph.D. student in Cultural Studies at UNC – Chapel Hill, she has worked extensively with the musical communities of Mississippi and Senegal. Her book, Let the World Listen Right: The Mississippi Delta Hip-Hop Story (University Press of Mississippi, 2009) and her website, www.ethnolyrical.org, document musical life throughout the Black... Read More →

Joe Schloss

Joe Schloss is the author of Foundation: B-boys, B-girls and Hip-hop Culture in New York (Oxford University Press, 2009), and Making Beats: The Art of Sample-Based Hip-Hop (Wesleyan University Press, 2004). He is adjunct assistant professor of Black and Latino Studies at Baruch College of the City University of New York.   Abstract: | | "The The ? Remains: Toward a Culture-Emergent Hip-Hop Studies" Of all forms of popular music... Read More →

Oliver Wang

Oliver Wang is assistant professor of Sociology at California State University-Long Beach. He contributes regularly to NPR and the LA Times and runs the audio-blog, Soul-Sides.com.   Abstract: | | "The The ? Remains: Toward a Culture-Emergent Hip-Hop Studies" Of all forms of popular music, hip-hop is arguably the most explicit in its claims to constituting a distinctive and coherent “culture”. Yet – paradoxically... Read More →

Sunday March 25, 2012 9:00am - 11:00am
NYU’s Helen and Martin Kimmel Center for University Life (KC) 60 Washington Square South, New York, NY 10012