IIPC Debate #90
Fri Oct 6, 10-11.30 am, Janus Hall (Kaivokatu 12, Turku)
Jeff Chang (Stanford University): Institutionalized: The Second Global Generation Of Hip-Hop Scholarship
Hip-hop scholarship was once thought to be an oxymoron. Artists were already organic intellectuals capable of speaking for themselves. The notion of a hip-hop academy had the stink of a morgue. But through pioneering journalistic, ethnographic, musicological, and critical work of thinkers like Tricia Rose, Greg Tate, David Toop, Mark Anthony Neal, and many others, hip-hop had found its way into the academy by the late 1990s. Now, as hip-hop scholarship spreads global, what are the critical questions that face the field? How might the second generation of scholars extend and transform hip-hop’s unique praxis?
Jeff Chang is a writer and cultural critic who has written extensively on culture, politics, the arts, and music. Chang’s first book, Can’t Stop Won’t Stop: A History of the Hip-Hop Generation, garnered many honors, and was also translated into multiple languages. His other publications, e.g. Who We Be: A Cultural History of Race in Post-Civil Rights America (2016) and his latest book We Gon’ Be Alright: Notes on Race and Resegregation (2016), have equally received critical acclaim. Chang serves as Executive Director of the Institute for Diversity in the Arts at Stanford University.