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Afrocentricity: Diop, Asante and the Radical Aesthetic of African Culture Date: Sat, 30 Mar 2013 14:47:36 -0000 (UTC) From: email@example.com To: H-WEST-AFRICA@H-NET.MSU.EDU CC: H-AFRICA@H-NET.MSU.EDU Date: Thu, 28 Mar 2013 08:22:13 -0500 X-Posted from H-NET Discussion List for African American Studies <H-AFRO-AM@H-NET.MSU.EDU> From: Abdul Alkalimat <mcworter@ILLINOIS.EDU> __________ From: firstname.lastname@example.org *CHEIKH ANTA DIOP INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE* *TWENTY-FIFTH ANNIVERSARY* *1988-2013* Hip Hop and Afrocentricity: Diop, Asante and the Radical Aesthetic of African Culture October 16-19, 2013 Wyndham Historic District Philadelphia (Formerly the Holiday Inn, Historic District) Sponsored by the Molefi Kete Asante Institute and the Diopian Institute for Scholarly Advancement The Molefi Kete Asante Institute and the Diopian Institute for Scholarly Advancement (DISA) are pleased to announce our collaboration on the 25thAnniversary of the annual Cheikh Anta Diop International Conference. Over the years there have been hundreds of papers delivered at the Diop Conference, scores of publishing opportunities, and numerous networks created among the most consistently theoretical and methodological of scholars. We have achieved far more in 25 years than we could have ever dreamed. Yet there is more to do. This is why we are urging you to attend this year?s celebratory conference. The Diop Conference coincides with the 25th year of the very first doctoral program in African American Studies at Temple University. These two events, combining the academic and the professional, represent the dual achievements of our field. Your attendance, alongside that of your colleagues, will mark this year?s conference as one of the most rewarding ever. In the latter part of the 20th century the *Afrocentric Idea,* as a philosophical and theoretical construct centered on African subjectivity and agency, and *Hip Hop,* as the manifestation of African artistic expression, exploded onto the American, and subsequently, the international cultural landscape. In celebration of the 25th anniversary of the annual Cheikh Anta Diop International Conference and the first Ph.D. program in the field, the MKA Institute and DISA invite scholars, educators, artists, activists, and the community to engage this landmark conference and embrace the opportunity to critically examine and reflect on the evolution of two of the most influential intellectual, social, and cultural movements of the era. Ankh, Djed, and Seneb, Molefi Kete Asante Founder, Cheikh Anta Diop International Conference President & Senior Fellow, Molefi Kete Asante Institute Adisa A. Alkebulan Executive Director, Diopian Institute for Scholarly Advancement Fellow, Molefi Kete Asante Institute In line with the theme of this year?s conference we are inviting papers and presentations that address the following topics: 1. Word Warriors: The Afrocentric Roots of Hip Hop 2. Theorizing The Essential: Reflections on the African Aesthetic Tradition 3. Hip Hop 101: Hip Hop Pedagogy in Primary through Post-Secondary Education 4. Flippin? the Script: Liberation for a New Black Century 5. Locating the Language and Literature of a Hip Hop Nation 6. Utilizing New Media Technologies to Forward an Afrocentric Agenda 7. Globalizing Culture/Localizing Tradition 8. Diopian & Asantian Literature and the State of African Cultural Identity Studies 9. Beyond Hip Hop: Emerging Voices in Black Popular Culture 10. New Visions of an African Renaissance *Requirements for Abstracts*: 100-word limit; name, affiliation, academic title, email address; paper title, thesis and methodology. Also indicate which sub-topic abstract falls under. Please send via email as a Microsoft Word attachment; and please indicate if you need an LCD projector. *Abstracts are due * *August 1, 2013: * Diopian Institute for Scholarly Advancement P.O. Box 1156 El Cajon, CA 92022 Abstracts@DiopianInstitute.org <AfricanaSDSU@aol.com> *Notification of paper acceptance will be sent August 31, 2013.* * * *Word Warriors: The Afrocentric Roots of Hip Hop* Exploring the articulation of Afrocentric consciousness within the hip hop movement through the themes, symbols, and motifs artists, past and present, use in their lyrical responses to the African experience in America.* * * * *Theorizing The Essential: Reflections on the African Aesthetic Tradition* Examining the evolution of aesthetic theory within the Afrocentric enterprise. In particular, Kariamu Welsh?s contributions to the field as formalized in the *Nzuri *model and the *Umfundalai* dance technique. *Hip Hop 101: Hip Hop Pedagogy in Primary thru Post-Secondary Education * Accessing the pedagogical challenges and opportunities of incorporating hip hop into a traditional curriculum through the use of innovative discursive strategies to improve critical thinking skills and subject comprehension.* * * * *Flippin? the Script: Liberation for a New Black Century * Exploring innovative social justice and public policy initiatives addressing the economic, political and social disenfranchisement of the African community. Particular attention will be given to youth-centered models of leadership, activism, and civic engagement. *Locating the Language and Literature of a Hip Hop Nation* Transcending the current dialogue surrounding hip-hop and the literary text as merely ?ghetto lit.? Examining the original subjects and authorial techniques writers and artists are currently exploring in their work. All multidimensional forms of hip-hop literary expression (oral, written, visual, performative) will be considered. *Utilizing New Media Technologies to Forward an Afrocentric Agenda * Understanding the implications of digital and social media and the ethical use of information technology as a means of mobilizing the collective conscious will of African people. *Globalizing Culture/Localizing Tradition* Exploring international artists? adaptation of hip hop to specific historical experiences, political issues, and social concerns; local practitioners? fusion of hip-hop with traditional forms of creative expression; and diasporic communities use of hip-hop as a means of negotiating transnational identities.* * * * *Diopian & Asantian Literature and the State of African Cultural Identity Studies* Interrogating the critical theoretical constructs in the works of Cheikh Anta Diop and Asantian Afrocentricity in recognizing and evaluating the African cultural personality. *Beyond Hip Hop: Emerging Voices in Black Popular Culture* Addressing how contemporary culture producers such as the Afro-Punk movement and writer/producer/actor Issa Rae intersect and expand the dialogic boundaries of hip hop to occupy a popular space increasingly characterized as ?the other black experience.? *New Visions of an African Renaissance* Advancing the Afrocentric idea as a theoretical tool in the creation of sustainable models of African agency, authority, and sovereignty. For more information send email to Info@DiopianInstitute.org or call 619-384-9868.**