“I’m an African”: Black Aesthetics and the Making of a Hip Hop Globe
Monday, November 25th, 2013, 6:00 p.m.
Location: King Juan Carlos I of Spain Center (KJCC) Auditorium, 53 Washington Square South, New York University, New York NY 10012 (map)
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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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.
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.
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.