Thursday, November 21, 2013

11/25 Talk at NYU

“I’m an African”: Black Aesthetics and the Making of a Hip Hop Globe

Sujatha Fernandes is an Associate Professor of Sociology at Queens College and the Graduate Center, City University of New York. During 2013-2014, she is Acting Associate Director of the Center for Place, Culture, and Politics at the CUNY Graduate Center.
Fernandes has written about global forms of black popular culture, hip hop, and social movements in both academic journals and popular forums, including The New York Times, The Nation, The Huffington Post, American Prospect, and Colorlines. Her work has been reprinted in several languages, including Spanish, Portuguese, German, and French and she has translations forthcoming in Italian and Chinese.
Her research has focused on the politics of everyday culture, from film discussion groups, rap music, and performance art in her first book Cuba Represent! to community media, murals, and popular fiestas in her second book on Venezuela, Who Can Stop the Drums? Through her work she has developed an ethnographic approach as a way of understanding urban politics and culture. Her third book, Close to the Edge explores whether the musical subculture of hip hop could create and sustain new global solidarities. Her current book project is entitled, "Mobilizing Stories: The Contemporary Uses of Storytelling." It traces the use of storytelling by states, NGOs, and social movements in a range of global contexts, including immigrant worker social movements in New York City.

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Thursday, September 13, 2012

New Documentary Based on Close to the Edge


Saturday 15 September 2012 4:05PM (view full episode)
Sujatha Fernandes grew up in Sydney and became a rap performer in the emerging hip hop craze of the 90s.  With her MC partner, Aboriginal woman, Waiata Telfer, they joined the young men and women from Sydney’s inner city and western suburbs who were using hip hop an a means of self expression.

After this formative experience, Sujatha started out on her hip hop odyssey travelling to faraway places and making rhymes and  beats with musicians from around the globe.
In Cuba she immersed  herself in the Cuban hip hop scene and wrote a book about  it and then travelled up to the USA getting lost in the Chicago underground hip hop scene.  From there she travelled to South America and to Venezuela studying  the gangsta rap of the poor neighbourhoods for a subsequent book on the subject.
Sujatha is now an Associate Professor of Sociology at Queens College and the Graduate Centre, City University of New York and has written extensively about popular culture, urban politics and hip hop. Her latest book , Close to the Edge, is a memoir, a travel tale of her global journey that hip hop took her on.
This affectionate radio documentary is produced and presented by Sujatha’s sister Deepa , a freelance radio producer and chronicler of her sister’s hip hop odyssey.
Interviews with:
Waiata Telfer,  Writer, performer, project manager at Ngai palti - Independent Theatre project
MunkiMuk, Southwest Syndicate
Brotha Black, Southwest Syndicate
Pablo Herrera, Cuban HipHop Producer
Magia Lopez:
Julio Cardenas, Cuban rapper
Mike Treece, Mass Hysteria,
Ang 13, Underground rapper, Chicago
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Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Tuesday, June 26, International Festival of Arts & Ideas

Music of the People: Artists Talk about Music Inspiring Change

Siddhartha Mitter, a noted cultural critic, is joined by artists from the bands Noori and Red Baraat (performing at the Festival June 24) and Asphalt Orchestra (June 17) for a conversation about music as a tool for radical transformation in today’s changing worlds, both in the United States and around the globe. Sociologist and scholar of cultural politics Sujatha Fernandes joins the discussion.

Friday, April 27, 2012

My interview with Caspar Melville on PodAcademy

Hip hop: The global voice of revolution?

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From San Francisco to Senegal, and from Hamburg to Havana, hip hop has gone global. In recent years in particular, the voice of rappers has been prominent in political struggles, particularly across the Arab world during the Arab Spring uprisings. How did it happen and can we really talk about a global hip hop generation? Caspar Melville spoke to Sujatha Fernandes, author of the new book from Verso ‘Close to the Edge: In search of a global hip hop generation’

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Thursday March 26, Panel on Hip Hop and Social Change with Invincible, Immortal Technique, Jasiri X, SEN one

Saturday March 31, Trinity International Hip Hop Festival

Mixtape of the Global Revolution: from El General to Hip Hop Occupies.
Trinity College’s Director of International Studies hosts a conversation about the power of music in political movements. featured panelists include Bakari Kitwana (author of Hip Hop Activism in the Obama Age), Sujatha Fernandes (author of Close to the Edge: In Search of the Global Hip Hop Generation),  Seth Markle (Trinity College professor of histor and international studies) and Iraqi hip hop artist The Narcycist.