Call For Papers

Hip-Hop in History: Past, Present, and Future

The Journal of African American History (formerly The Journal of Negro History) is planning a Special Issue that will examine the history of “hip-hop” as a social and intellectual movement. Over the past three decades, the hip-hop generation, those born between 1965 and 1984, has played a significant role in interpreting the social, economic, political, and cultural conditions for African peoples in the U.S., Africa, and throughout the diaspora. While not all expressions of hip-hop have been considered positive or constructive, much of it has been affirmative and reflective of earlier cultural, intellectual, and political activities among U.S. African Americans, such as the Blues, Jazz, the New Negro Renaissance, and the Civil Rights, Black Power, and Black Arts Movements. This Special Issue of the Journal of African American History will focus on an historical approach to exploring hip-hop as a social and intellectual movement within the context of the African and African American experience.

The Journal of African American History welcomes essays including, but not limited to a focus on: 1) the connections of hip-hop to previous social and intellectual movements, 2) the history of social and political ideas in hip-hop; 3) the historical role of gender within the hip-hop movement; or 4) hip-hop and its relationship to contemporary social theories, such as postmodernism, postcolonialism, and critical race theory and pedagogy.

Essays should be no more than 35 typed pages, including endnotes. Guidelines for submission are given in the Journal of African American History, which uses The Chicago Manual of Style, 14th Edition (Chicago, 1993) for citations.

Submitted essays will be peer-reviewed. Your cover letter should include the title of your essay, your name, postal address, e-mail address, phone number, and fax number. Your essay should begin with the title of your essay and NOT include your name.

Please direct inquires and/or send 3 copies of your manuscript to:

Dr. Derrick P. Alridge, Guest Editor
University of Georgia
630E Aderhold Hall
Athens, GA 30605
Tel: 706-542-8113

Submission Deadline: 15 February 2004