Show & Prove: The Tensions, Contradictions, & Possibilities of Hip Hop Studies in Practice

a two-day conference

March 30, Friday
5 to 7 pm
March 31, Saturday
8:30 am to 8 pm
For more information, please email cmep(at)
Registration for the conference must be completed by filling out this FORM.
For full schedule, click here.
Show and Prove 2012 (S&P 2012) provides an opportunity for a community of scholars, practitioners, and Hip Hop lovers to come together and address the challenges and possibilities of the field of Hip Hop Studies. We consider what is at stake as the academy’s increasing adoption of Hip Hop into its curriculum leads to a mutual adaptation. The conference takes seriously Hip Hop’s own creative, theoretical, and political imperatives, while bringing critical perspectives to the very cultures we seek to understand. This year’s focus is on intersectionality and methodology.
Several papers, panels, and performances are of particular interest to gender and sexuality studies, including papers on domestic violence and community accountability, the sexual politics of Hip Hop Studies, gender and sexuality in dance, masculinity, intersections of gender and nationality in Tongan Hip Hop, black female youth in Hip Hop, Latinas in the Cuban rap scene, and a women in Hip Hop festival at LaMama Experimental Theater. The conference will also include a one-woman show by Dr. Nicole Hodges-Persley and two films by women directors: Hip Hop Gurlz directed by Tamika Guishard, and Cuban Hip Hop: Desde El Principio (From the Beginning) by Vanessa Diaz.
various locations — see full schedule for details.
Co-Sponsored by the NYU Center for Multicultural Education and Programs; Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality; Department of Performance Studies; Hip-Hop Education Center; LGBTQ Student Center; Program in Africana Studies; Program in American Studies; Program in Asian/Pacific/American Studies; and Program in Gender and Sexuality Studies