Saturday, June 17, 2006

Meridians: Feminism, Race, Transnationalism

Theme:
For a proposed special issue of Meridians: Feminism, Race, Transnationalism on the subject Women, Hip-Hop, and Popular Music, 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.

Topics:

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popular music and feminist consciousness (performers, political activists, lyricists, producers, club and radio DJs, etc.).
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marginal pop music personas (e.g. Enya, Zap Mama, Sade, Me shell Ndegeocello, Ani Difranco, Björk).
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historical recoveries and research of women s popular music in the past.
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marginalization of women musicians (including vocalists and rappers) in music industries and/or academic studies.
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representations of women in popular music, the media, public performances, etc.
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music at the movies (marketing of movie soundtracks, silent movie era, movie portrayals of music artists, Bollywood playback singers and item girls, etc.).
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local artists, global markets, world music scenes (cross-cultural efforts by women music artists to increase their profiles, cultural appropriations, and/or globalizing trends).
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appropriation of women s music (male and/or mainstream takeover of female music expressions).
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hip-hop, popular music, and the military industrial complex.
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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.

Send only email attachments in Word format.

CFP Email:
R. Dianne Bartlow dianne.bartlow@csun.edu
Janell Hobson jhobson@albany.edu

Deadline: December 1, 2006

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