Show and Prove: The Tensions, Contradictions

and Possibilities of Hip Hop Studies in Practice

Saturday 31 March, 2012
8:30am - 8pm, $0/Rsvp

NYU, Various locations

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In Hip Hop culture, the "show and prove" attitude privileges action over words or the demonstration of skills over merely talking about them. "Show and prove" can also be an indirect critique of academics whose roles, in the simplest of terms, are to write on the actions of others. But with a growing number of practitioner-scholars and generations of those raised on the culture who are now taking classes, writing, and publishing work, we are in a moment ripe with possibilities to think in concrete terms about what Hip Hop Studies is and what it means to do this work. Show and Prove 2012 (S&P 2012) provides an opportunity for a community of scholars, practitioners, and Hip Hop lovers to come together and address the challenges and possibilities of the field. We will sharpen our focus on two key themes: intersectionality and methodology.

This conference is a forum for students of Hip Hop--whether in the classroom, the studio, the stage, or the streets--to exchange ideas, share their research, and ultimately contribute to an ever expanding body of work.

This conference is free and open to the public.
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