Hip Hop Literacies Conference Black Women and Girls' Lives Matter

Hiphop Literacies: Black Women and Girls' Lives Matter

The Ohio State University
Frank B. Hale Jr. Black Cultural Center, Main Campus
March 30-31, 2016

Call For Papers/Proposals/Performers:

The purpose of the Hiphop Literacies conference is to bring together scholars, educators, activists, students, artists, and community members to dialogue on pressing social problems. This year our working conference theme is Black Women and Girls' Lives Matter. Participants of the Hiphop Literacies Conference join a community of those concerned with African American/Black, Brown and urban literacies, who are interested in challenging the sociopolitical arrangement of the relations between institutions, languages, identities, and power through engagement with local narratives of inequality and lived experience in order to critique a global system of oppression. Literacies scholars who foreground the lives of Hiphop generation youth see Hiphop as providing a framework to ground work in classrooms and communities in democratic ideals.

This movement converges with critical education/literacies and the current BlackLivesMatter modern civil rights movement "created in 2012 after Trayvon Martin's murderer, George Zimmerman, was acquitted for his crime, and dead 17- year old Trayvon was post-humously placed on trial for his own murder." ( BlackLivesMatter converges with other efforts to address the legacies of slavery that still oppress Black people in the United States of America: state-sanctioned killing of Black people, state-sanctioned poverty, hatred and oppression of queer people, the prison industrial complex, school-to-prisonpipeline, ineffective schooling and more. This year's conference illuminates issues in the struggle to engender the fight for racial justice, so that the needs of girls and women are fully addressed as we continue the fight to dismantle institutional racism and promote healing for collective empowerment of Black and Brown communities.

Possible Topics include:

  • Black and Brown mothers/mothering in the fight for justice
  • Black and Brown girlhood
  • Black and Brown womanhood
  • Culturally relevant/sustaining/humanizing pedagogies of women/girls
  • Hiphop feminist education/outreach
  • Representations of Black and Brown women and girls in media
  • Issues of relationships between Black and Brown women/girls and men
  • Health- physical, mental, spiritual, infant mortality
  • School to prison pipeline
  • Incarceration-Black and Brown women and girls
  • The incarceration of transwomen and girls and transmen and boys
  • Black and Brown Queer (femme, feminine etc.) and Trans identities particularly as they relate to experiences of girlhood and womenhood broadly (re)defined
  • Self and collective empowerment, coalition building, mentoring, networking
  • Social justice
  • Sexualities
  • Arts activism

In addition to scheduled talks and workshops by renowned scholars, activists, cultural workers, artists and educators, the conference will host presentations and performances by scholars, students and community members. The conference will also feature a performance by a nationally recognized Hiphop artist.

Abstracts of 300 words for 20 minute paper presentations are welcome as well as other formats (i.e., ethnodrama, performance, poetry, autoethnography, and fiction). We are also seeking regional and local talent to perform on the bill with a national artist (TBA) on the final night of the conference.

Send abstracts for papers, round tables and other formats to by December 1, 2015.

Local/regional performers should send a link to their brief performance video and a bio (with contact info) to by December 1, 2015 (put "performer" in subject line)