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November 17-20, 2018

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Class, Religion, and Theology Unit and Critical Approaches to Hip-Hop and Religion Unit

Call for Papers: 

We invite individual papers and panel submissions for a co-sponsored session exploring the varied connections between hip hop culture and class.

Possible submission topics might include, but are not limited to, the following:
o How does hip hop allow us to better understand capitalism's functions as a religion?
o How does class allow us to better understand the political economy of hip hop?
o The relationship between art and political activism/class consciousness.
o Hip hop as a site for working class resistance.
o Comparing hip hop and worker organizing as moral-cultural practices/embodied performances: the aesthetics of performative contestation against injustice (for example, how are strikes and hip hop performances aesthetically similar? or textual analysis of worker songs and hip hop lyrics).
o Comparing worker organizing and hip-hop battles as practices of community formation (for example, the role of conflict in each, attention to power, etc.).
o The complexities of racial justice in hip hop and class: each offers examples of contesting white supremacy and other examples of being co-opted by white supremacy.
o Sanitation strike (in honor of MLK's last campaign): class struggle and hip hop can both be seen as refusing to be treated like refuse — resistance to dominant social norms of who/what counts as "garbage"/worthless, making life/art out of what dominant social norms consider to be "waste."
o Emerging voices in hip hop and grassroots worker organizing.

Method: 
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