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AAR Annual Meeting
Denver, CO
November 17-20, 2018

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Black Theology Unit and Critical Approaches to Hip-Hop and Religion Unit

Call for Papers: 

Hip Hop Culture and Black Theology

We invite individual papers and panel submissions for a co-sponsored session exploring the varied connections between Hip Hop culture and Black theology. Possible submission topics might include, but are not limited to the following: Hip Hop as prophetic critique, discourse and commentary, quest for meaning, memory and identity? How ought religion/race be theorized and discussed in the Trump era? What role does the sacred/profane binary play as a rhetorical strategy and political designator? How have rappers like Kendrick, Chance, and Lecrae created a space for “woke” rap? What is “Christian” or “Holy” Hip Hop? Pedagogically, how might we look at teaching Hip Hop and Black religion and theology? How have new media, (e.g., podcasts, YouTube, internet and radio shows such as the Breakfast Club) reconstructed Hip Hop culture and its future? How might we explore the intersections of White Evangelicalism onto mainstream Hip Hop culture?

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