Tuesday, April 14, 2009

An anthology on hip hop motherhood

Here's a call for papers, lifted from the excellent listserv run my Kalamu ya Salaam.

More posts on other things later ...
>>PUB: call for papers on hip hop and motherhood
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Call for Papers on Hip Hop and Motherhood


Demeter Press is seeking submissions for an edited collection by Maki Motapanyane and Shana Calixte to be published in 2011.

Motherhood is an experience that has been ever-present yet invisible in the global music genre of Hip-Hop. Yet this aspect of women?s experiences within the movement has garnered little or no interest from journalists, writers and scholars of Hip-Hop culture.

Nor do we have any understanding of how mothers who remain Hip-Hop enthusiasts negotiate their relationship to the culture of Hip-Hop and its music with their children. What are the spaces that motherhood occupies in Hip-Hop? Are there ways of understanding mothering in Hip-Hop along a historical continuum? What are some of the ways that motherhood complicates the very masculinist discourses around hip hop?

How can we create an empowered and feminist Hip-Hop mothering, what would it look like and how would it challenge the status quo? How are mothers engaging with Hip-Hop, both locally and globally?

The aim of this collection is to give motherhood within Hip-Hop culture an intellectual point of entry into an existing field of

academic debates. Themes that submitted proposals engage may include:

* Hip-Hop histories
* Masculinity
* Misogyny and violence
* Consumerism and capitalism
* The globalization and/or transnationality of Hip-Hop
* Cultural appropriation
* Political subversion
* Cultural diversity
* Feminist mothering
* Heterosexualities
* Queer identities and sexuality
* Aesthetic continuity and change
* Representation and the marketing of identities
* Other themes not mentioned here

We seek both creative and academic submissions that tackle the complex ways in which motherhood and Hip-Hop frame these and other discussions. Abstracts are welcome from a variety of academic disciplines and perspectives.

Abstracts: 250 words in length.
Deadline for Abstracts: August 1, 2009
Papers: 15-18 pages
Deadline for Papers: January 7, 2010

Please submit proposals to: Maki Motapanyane at maki@yorku.ca and Shana Calixte at scalixte@laurentian .ca

Monday, April 06, 2009

Late night links

Just getting in under the wire - for my bed time that is!

RingShout wants to hear from Black students in MFA programs about their experiences. I can't wait to see what pops up there.

GalleyCatmentions that Michael Crichton's remaining novels will be published posthumously. Makes me wonder whether Octavia Butler had work that someone will eventually publish. I really hope so - I still am sad about not hearing more of her stories.

Wednesday, April 01, 2009

I've been out of town and offline (well off the laptop, on the mobile device).

So that's why the posts have been even fewer.

Nothing big to note tonight.

Tananarive Due said she had some news on Facebook - but she will reveal later. Even the tease made me excited because I love her work. So stay tuned.

Felicia Pride will have a books column at The Root. Very cool.

Selfish note - for the first time in a long time, I spent almost a week away from home and didn't finish a book. Usually I read like a madwoman when I travel. But there was too much stress, activity and just busy-ness to focus on one book.

I didn't even finish the Sunday NYTimes. Still in pieces in my bag.