Show & Prove 2016 Conference Schedule

April 8-10, 2016, UC Riverside


*This event is free and open to the public.

Friday, April 8, 2016

5:00-6:00 pm
The UCR Department of Dance’s Annual Schlundt Lecture:  "Excavating the 'Social' in Black Vernacular & Hip Hop-Era Dancing"  (ARTS 166)
Featuring Cleis Abeni, author of “Improvisation in African-American Vernacular Dancing” and “The Social World of Vogueing," and transgender issues correspondent for The Advocate online.  In the lecture Cleis will emphasize that excavating how compositions embody the "social" (or, the ways that people dance through their sometimes difficult kinship with each other) leads to a different variety of meanings and effects than those gathered through an analysis of commercialized dancing.

6:00-7:00 pm Opening Reception with light refreshments (ARTS 166)

7:00-9:00 pm  
Film screening of Dope (2015), directed by Rick Famuyiwa.  A conversation about the film to follow screening with Rickerby Hinds (UCR Theater), Imani Kai Johnson (UCR Dance), and Desha Dauchan (UCI Film). Guests of the conference get the UCR student rate of $5 all weekend.  Seating is limited, purchase tickets early online.  (Culver Center, Screening Room)

Saturday, April 9, 2016

8:00 am  Registration open all day (INTS 1109)

8:45-9:00 am
Opening comments by conference founder and chair, Dr. Imani Kai Johnson, Assistant Professor of Critical Dance Studies, UC Riverside, Founder & Chair of Show & Prove Hip Hop Studies Conference. (ARTS 166)

9:00-10:20 am  SESSION 1

Workshop 1:  “Cutting & Remixing the Cypher; a Street Dance Composition”  (INTS 1111)
Ephrat Asherie, Teena Marie Custer, & MiRi Park—A discussion and composition workshop on issues of choreographing and presenting underground dance forms to all types of media.

Panel 1:  “Hip Hop as a Social Justice Tool” (INTS 1113)
Respondent:  Dr. Rosemarie Roberts, Associate Professor of Dance, Connecticut College

  • Serouj Aprahamian, “Breakin’ Down the Bloc:  Hip Hop Dance in Armenia”
  • Lindsay Rapport, “Innovative Im/mobilities of Resistance: African American Contexts and the Hip Hop Dancing Body”
  • Felipe Blanco, “Hip Hop, a peace culture?:  an Exploratory Study in Mexico City’s Metropolitan Areas”

Panel 2:  “Agents of Change:  Film Shorts on Life & Hip Hop Abroad”  (INTS 1128)
Respondent:  Desha Dauchan, Lecturer in Film & Media Studies, UC Irvine

  • Dr. Natalia Koutsougera, “Embodiments of Street Spirit & Gender Performativity Among Greek Female Street Dancers”
  • Maiko LeLay, “Psychological & Dance Research on Wellbeing, Identity & Respect in Hip Hop Dance Culture”
  • Macca Malik & Katrina Flores, “GIRLilla Tactics”

Master Class with DJ Lynnèe Denise (ARTS 166)
In this class, participants will be introduced to "DJ Scholarship," a practice that shifts the role of the DJ as purveyor of party music to archivist and cultural worker who collects, preserves, and performs the history and music of marginalized communities and their movements.  Lynnèe will breakdown the creation of her project, Afro-Digital Migration:  House Music in Post Apartheid South Africa.  In it, Lynnèe explores how house music took root in South Africa, and shared its national identity in defiance of and resistance to apartheid.

10:20-10:30 am  Break

10:30-12:10 pm  SESSION 2

Workshop 2:  “Women in Hip Hop Workshop”  (INTS 1111)
Macca Malik and Katrina Flores—A workshop translating the spiritual high of a song to physical movement in the dance. END TIME 11:30. 

Panel 3:  “Hip Hop Heroics at Work:  Tactics and Hip Hop Work(s) to Sustain Mind, Body & Soul” (INTS 1113)
Respondent:  Rickerby Hinds, Professor and Playwright in the Department of Theater, UC Riverside

  • Dr. Frank King, “The New Revival:  Hip Hop’s Spiritualty as an Emancipatory Action”
  • Dr. Stephen Bischoff, “YOLO to Bolos: Filipino American Resistance Through Hip Hop”
  • Dr. Sky Wilson, “BreaK Time: the Hip Hop Paradigm to Reload the Public Sphere”

Panel 4:  “Racial Hierarchies, Criminality, & Resistance” (ARTS 166)
Respondent:  Dr. Charis Kubrin, Professor of Criminology, Law & Society, UC Irvine

  • Dr. Steven Osuna, “’The (Dis)Order of Policing & the Psycho Realm Blues in Los Angeles:  Sounds & Visions from the Belly of the Beast”
  • Dr. Su’ad Abdul Khabeer, “Muslim Cool:  Race, Religion & Hip Hop in the US”
  • Shamell Bell, “Radical Street Dance Activism in the Black Lives Matter Movement”
  • Alonso Avila, “Sundus Abdul Hadi & The Narcicyst:  From Weapons of Mass Destruction to Instruments of Creation”

Screening:  Pick Up the Mic!: The Revolution of Homohop  (INTS 1128)
10 year anniversary of this groundbreaking documentary, dir. by Alex Hinton 

12:10-1:10 pm    Lunch, provided

1:10-2:10 pm    SESSION 3

Plenary 1: “Hip Hop on Film:  Pick Up the Mic!”  (INTS 1128)
A discussion with the director Alex Hinton and guest artist, Deadlee, who is featured in the film.  Moderated by Dr. Shanté Paradigm Smalls Assistant Professor of English, St. John’s University.  

Plenary 2: “Artists in the Academy” (ARTS 166)
Can the academy be a comfortable place for Hip Hop artists?  Should it be?  A discussion featuring Hip Hop artists and practitioners about their work and the strategies for its relationship to the academy.  Guests include b-boy and rocker Ken Swift (UC Riverside), DJ Lynnée Denise (Cal State LA), and visual artist Fritz Aragon (Urge Palette).  Discussion led by Rickerby Hinds, Professor and Playwright in the Department of Theatre, UC Riverside.

2:10-2:20 pm  Break

2:20-3:40 pm  SESSION 4

Panel 5:  “Inter/Trans/National Identity & Rap Music”  (INTS 1111)
Respondent:  Dr. Liz Przybylski, Assistant Professor of Music, UC Riverside

  • Abimbola Kai-Lewis, “’This is My America’:  an Examination of American Citizenship & Sierra Leonean Identity in the Music of Emcee Chosan
  • Inka Rantakallio, “Performing the Spiritual Gangsta:  Discourses of Spirituality & Authenticity in Finnish Underground Rap”
  • David Hur, “Echolocation, Undercurrents”

Panel 6:   “Hip Hop & Literary/Literacy Pedagogies” (INTS 1113)
Respondent:  Casey Philip Wong, Ph.D. Candidate in Race, Inequality, & Language, Stanford University Graduate School of Education

  • Dr. Todd Craig, “’Going Back to Back’: Utilizing the DJ and Hip Hop Pedagogy for Authentic Writing Practices in English Composition”
  • Dr. Tara Betts, “’Lyrics to Go’:  A Close Reading as Listening in English Studies”
  • Kim Morrison, “’Ain’t no love for us ghetto children, so we cold’:  Critical Information Literacy, Hip Hop, & Asset Pedagogy”

Panel 7:  “Rethinking Hip Hop Histories & Icons” (INTS 1128)
Respondent:  Ken Swift, Visiting Assistant Professor in Dance, UC Riverside

  • Dr. Jennifer Lynn Stoever, “How Bam First Heard Hip Hop: Black Women’s Record Collecting & Living Room Selecting in the 1960s & ‘70s Bronx”
  • Dr. Mary Fogarty, “Hip Hop’s Heart:  Rethinking the Legacy of Frosty Freeze”
  • Dr. Ojeya Cruz Banks, “Genealogy of Hip Hop in Aotearoa/ New Zealand”

Workshop 3:  “Street Dance Activism Workshop”  (ARTS 166)
Shamell Bell—A workshop providing the foundational tools for the use of street dance in demonstrations as a form of self-care, resistance, and team building.  Introductions by Dr. Naomi Bragin, UC President’s Postdoctoral Fellow, UC Riverside. 

3:40-3:50 pm   Break

3:50-5:30 pm   SESSION 5

Workshop 4:  “The Black Artemis Project:  the Challenges & Possibilities of Writing & Publishing Feminist Hip Hop Fiction”  (INTS 1111)
Sofia Quintero—How can popular fiction that speaks to the Hip Hop community tell the truth about oppression yet inspire resistance?  An interactive reading about strategies, challenges, and triumphs of creating personal and political literary resistance.  ENDS AT 4:50.  

Panel 8:  “Call & Response,” new undergraduate work & audience feedback session (INTS 1113)
Respondent:  Dr. Shante Paradigm Smalls, Assistant Professor of English, St. John’s University

  • Michael Benjamin, “ Death of Authenticity:  How 2Pac Turned to Drake”
  • Angelica Langley, “What’s Poppin’ Ladiez?!:  a Showcase & Popping Lecture Discussion on the Female Popping Experience”
  • David Nguyen, “Constructing Social Problems Through Dance”
  • Jessica Villanueva, “The Messenger:  Wale’s Sound & Spirit"

Panel 9:  “Otherworldliness in Hip Hop” (INTS 1128)
Respondent:  Nalo Hopkinson, Professor of Creative Writing, UC Riverside

  • Prof. d. Sabela grimes, “ABSTRACTing:”
  • Dr. Rosemarie A. Roberts, “Performance of Affiliation: Voguing & Regla de Ocha v.0.0 and 2.0”
  • Matthew M. Harris, “The God-Emcee:  Self-Deification & Black Fugitivity”
  • Dr. James Edward Ford III, “’Beyond the Land of the Living, All Things are Possible’:  Spiritual Zombiehood & Reanimation in US. Hip Hop Culture”

5:30-6:15 pm  Break and transport to downtown Riverside

6:15-9:00 pm
Evening Performances & Reception.  Performances include Rickerby Hinds’ The Black Male Project, featuring solo works titled "Look Daddy" & "Sasquage: Legend of the Invisible Man"; and a solo excerpt from Raphael Xavier’s The Unofficial Guide to Audience Watching Performance; with a discussion led by Brandon J., Founder & Artistic Director of ENVY Dance Company.  Reception to follow the discussion. (Culver Center for the Arts)

Sunday, April 10, 2016All sessions will be in ARTS 166.

9:00-10:00 am
Master Class 2:  “Freestyle Rocking” with b-boy Ken Swift
Visiting Assistant Professor in Dance, UC Riverside

10-10:10 am  Break

10:10-11:30 am
Panel 10: “Hip Hop Analytics Refreshed:  Performativity & Spectatorship”
Respondent:  Prof. Moncell Durden, Department of Dance, University of Southern California

  • Myrtle D. Millares, “Performing Identity Through Style:  a Performative Perspective in Hip Hop  Creativity”
  • Sean Robertson-Palmer, “Audience, Space, & Meaning Making at Rap Battle Events”

11:30-12:30 pm  Lunch, provided

12:30-1:30 pm
Plenary 3:  “Hip Hop Academies, Undefined:  Careers in Education & Arts Activism”
A plenary discussion on working in communities through Hip Hop in a wide variety of ways.  Guests include Mazi Mutafa (Words, Beats & Life Inc.), Adisa Banjoko (Hip Hop Chess Federation), DJ Kuttin Kandi (A People's DJ Scholar), and Julio "Little Cesar" Rivas (Hip Hop School of the Arts). Moderated by Dr. Fred Moten, Professor of English, UC Riverside. (ARTS 166)

1:35-2:00 pm  Closing Remarks featuring Imani Kai Johnson, Ojeya Cruz Banks, Rosemarie Roberts, Frieda Frost, and Nate Nevado.

Photo by kevin penton

Photo by kevin penton