CFP: Rap and Hip Hop Culture

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Call for Papers
February 20, 2019 to February 23, 2019
New Mexico, United States
Subject Fields: 
African American History / Studies, Cultural History / Studies, Music and Music History, Popular Culture Studies, Race Studies

Proposals for papers and panels are now being accepted for the 40th annual SWPACA conference. One of the nation’s largest interdisciplinary academic conferences, SWPACA offers nearly 70 subject areas, each typically featuring multiple panels. For a full list of subject areas, area descriptions, and Area Chairs, please visit

Proposals are now being accepted for the Rap and Hip Hop Culture area. We had excellent representation in this area last year and are looking to expand in both quantity and complexity for this year’s conference. We are particularly interested in proposals that address the following but will consider any proposal that deals with rap music and hip hop culture:

Intersections of Hip Hop and Pedagogy
Rap Music, Hip Hop Culture, and Space/Place
Theoretical approaches to Hip Hop (Language Theory/Postmodernism/Social Theory, etc.)
Rap, Hip Hop, and Academic Disciplinarity
Rhetorical Approaches to Rap Music and Hip Hop Culture
Rap, Hip Hop, and Film/Documentary
Hip Hop Subjectivities/Agency
Anthropological/Sociological approaches to Hip Hop Culture
Economics and Hip Hop Culture
Hip Hop and LGBTQUI Issues
Hip Hop Aesthetics
Hip Hop History
Discussions of international Hip Hop
Intersections of Hip Hop and Religion/Theology
Hip Hop and Technology
Indigenous Cultures and Hip Hop Colorism in Hip Hop Expressions Hip Hop and Issues in the Music Industry
LatinX Hip Hop
Women and Hip Hop
Hip Hop in the age of Trump

As always, papers and panels that consider the myriad ways that rap music and hip hop culture impact and feed upon popular and American culture are encouraged. This area should be construed broadly, and we seek papers that aren’t afraid to take risks. Proposals from graduate students are particularly welcome.

All proposals must be submitted through the conference’s database at
For details on using the submission database and on the application process in general, please see the Proposal Submission FAQs and Tips page at

Individual proposals for 15-minute papers must include an abstract of approximately 200-500 words. Including a brief bio in the body of the proposal form is encouraged, but not required.

For information on how to submit a proposal for a roundtable or a multi-paper panel, please view the above FAQs and Tips page.
The deadline for submissions is November 1, 2018.

SWPACA offers monetary awards for the best graduate student papers in a variety of categories. Submissions of accepted, full papers are due January 1, 2019. For more information, visit

Registration and travel information for the conference is available at
In addition, please check out the organization’s peer-reviewed, scholarly journal, Dialogue: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Popular Culture and Pedagogy, at

If you have any questions about the Rap and Hip Hop Culture area, please contact its Area Chair, Robert Tinajero, University of North Texas-Dallas,

Contact Info: 

Robert Tinajero

University of North Texas-Dallas