CFP: Women, Hip-hop, and Popular Music, special issue of Meridians
- CALL FOR PAPERS "WOMEN, HIP-HOP, AND POPULAR MUSIC"
For a proposed special issue of Meridians: Feminism, Race,
Transnationalism, we invite critical essays, creative work, and
interviews or conversations with music artists/practitioners from a
variety of disciplines, practices, and cultural scenes. Music may be
broadly defined to include spoken word, dub poetry, DJs, low- and
high-tech innovations, etc. We especially invite submissions that
highlight global and transnational perspectives on women, hip-hop from
around the globe, and other forms of popular music, such as rock, pop,
punk, alternative, new age, R&B, gospel, jazz, country, Latin,
reggae/ragga/reggaeton, soca-calypso, Bengali, various "world" music
genres, etc. High priority will be given to submissions that utilize
critical race feminist analyses.
Subjects covered may include but are not limited to the following:
- popular music and feminist consciousness (performers, political
activists, lyricists, producers, compilers of music CD/albums, club and
radio DJs, etc. who engage in "feminist" and social justice issues).
- marginal pop music personas (e.g. Enya, Zap Mama, Sade, Me'shell
Ndegeocello, Ani Difranco, Björk).
- historical recoveries and research of women's popular music in the past.
- marginalization of women musicians (including vocalists and rappers) in
music industries and/or academic studies.
- representations of women in popular music, the media, public
- music at the movies (marketing of movie soundtracks, silent movie era,
movie portrayals of music artists, Bollywood playback singers and item
- local artists, global markets, world music scenes (cross-cultural
efforts by women music artists to increase their profiles, cultural
appropriations, and/or globalizing trends).
- appropriation of women's music (male and/or mainstream takeover of
female music expressions).
- hip-hop, popular music, and the prison or military industrial complex.
- teaching hip-hop and popular music in the feminist classroom.
Essays should not exceed 9,000 words or 35 pages, including all endnotes
and references (typed and double-spaced, using Chicago style); abstracts
should be 150 words. Please send email attachments in Word format to R.
Dianne Bartlow at dianne.bartlow at csun.edu and Janell Hobson at
jhobson at albany.edu by December 1, 2006.