Call for Submissions – Hip Hop Conference

Published On August 26, 2015 | By Greg | News, USA
World Hip Hop Market is proud to be a media sponsor of “Remixing the Art of Social Change: Expanding the Cipher”!
Submissions are being accepted through September 11th for the November event (held in Washington DC). See information below!

Call for Submissions
Papers, Presentations & Panels

Words Beats & Life: The Global Journal of Hip-Hop Culture Presents
“Remixing the Art of Social Change: Expanding the Cipher”
(International Teach-In)

Hosted in partnership with the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in association with:

Kuumba Lynx, TruArtSpeaks, the Hip-Hop Education Center, World Hip Hop Market and Beats Rhymes and Life
November 12th-13th 2015

Abstracts Due Friday September 11th 2015

Remixing the Art of Social Change is a Teach-In designed to outline the tools and resources necessary to develop curriculum, programs, and work (artistic and scholarly) rooted in hip- hop culture. Our field is made up of organizations that use hip-hop culture to promote social change and push the envelope of what hip-hop culture can produce artistically, academically, politically and socially. The presenters at Remixing the Art of Social Change are the artists, scholars and educators who never gave up on hip-hop and are still actively working through it to promote peace, love, unity and having fun.

The Teach-In is an event for people who have or want to move beyond hip-hop as a purely aesthetic art. They see it as a vehicle to build organizations and to educate youth and families along with their communities through the arts. Teach-In presenters are leaders in the development of the next stage of our field. They present strategies and methods for excellence, scale, and sustainability to strengthen the network of hip-hop based organizations, teaching artists and scholars. The Teach-In is to be followed by a series of regional retreats for nonprofit board members, youth, front line staff and Executive Directors of hip-hop based organizations, scholars, teaching artists and program managers.
This year we are taking a crowd sourcing approach to curating the Teach-In. We have created a list of the following topics, and it is up to the scholars, artists, activists and youth participating, to help shape the agenda.

Topics for Call for Submissions:

Local Solutions with Global Vision
Ecosystem of Hip Hop (cooperative economics, sharing resources, networks etc.)
Beyond Programs: Transforming Cities and Communities (scale, policies, programs and collaboration)
Open Source Hip Hop
#artistsdogoodbetter: Organizations, collectives, crews, and groups
Hip-Hop outside the Music Industry
Silverback and the Professional B-boy/B-Girl Tour
Hip-hop and Diplomacy (Cultural Diplomacy)
Spoken Word: A Global Movement of Youth Voices
Previous Poetic Movements
Life After Slam
First Wave: Spoken Word and Hip-Hop in the Academy
The Hip-Hop Archives
Pedagogue: Life as Primary Text
Literacy: Poems, Slams and Ensembles
Multi Media Advocacy
Collaboration, Competition and Community Building
Hip-Hop and the decriminalization of marijuana, but sagging is a crime?
#blacklivesmatter: hip-hops civil rights movement
The Role of Social Media in Organizing
Graffiti, Public Art and Gentrification
After School Hip-Hop Program Evaluation
Material Culture, Archives and Cultural Institutions
Fundraising for Hip-Hop #DeLa
Curriculum Development
Schools, Libraries, Recreation Centers, Museums and Jails
Elders as keepers and teachers of the Tradition in Hip-Hop
Acknowledging the Source through Sacred Practice and Ritual
Be Healthy: Gardens, Farmers Markets and the Land

Format for Submission:
Please submit a 300-word abstract/proposal for a paper, essay, or photo essay to be published in the WBL Global Journal of Hip-Hop and presented at the Teach-In. You can also submit a 300-word proposal to present a panel, workshop, or a film screening at the Teach-In. Please indicate which you are choosing in your submission.

Submit your abstract to
Due Friday September 11th 2015

All proposals should specify space or A/V needs, and include name and contact information. Panel proposals should include additional 200 word descriptions of presenters. Proposals for films should specify the length of the piece, format, and its relation to the conference keywords. Notices indicating the acceptance of your submission will be sent by Friday September 18th, 2015.

About Words Beats & Life Inc.
We are unapologetic advocates for the transformative power of hip-hop culture in all its forms, empowering artists to relentlessly create and refine systems that demonstrate this notion of positive change through creativity. We embrace the sacred nature of our work and our roles as keepers and innovators of our culture.

We create alternative arts based educational experiences that equip youth, arts managers and scholars to move from theory to practice. We harness the power of the imagination to reshape the lives we live and the communities we serve.