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Howard Journal of Communications

For a Special Issue on

Exploring the Past, Present and Future of Hip Hop

Abstract deadline
15 November 2023

Manuscript deadline
15 February 2024

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Special Issue Editor(s)

Dr. Tia C. M. Tyree, Howard University
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Dr. Roger Caruth, Howard University
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Exploring the Past, Present and Future of Hip Hop

The Howard Journal of Communications is a premier journal that publishes papers focusing on culture and ethnicity, as they interact with communication. One of the most significant cultural phenomena to occur in the last 50 years is the development of Hip Hop culture. Starting in the Bronx in 1973, Hip Hop has become a global movement that has given individuals a chance to confront issues within their communities, share their lived experiences, celebrate their cultures, challenge power structures and artistically express themselves.

In 2023, it is important to capitalize on this moment by creating a special issue that highlights the influence and  importance of Hip Hop culture. Whether analyzing issues related to its past or looking forward to what it might be in the future, this special issue is critical to documenting and celebrating the various aspects of Hip Hop culture. With its massive appeal and global influence, the potential of paper topics is vast. What is below is by no means an exhaustive list of ideas, but the following topics offer a general framework to spark ideas and interest.

  • Commodification and Hip Hop
  • Global/Cultural Impact of Hip Hop
  • Rap Music
  • Trends and Rap Music/Hip Hop
  • Communicating through Street Art and Graffiti
  • Hip Hop Feminism
  • Hip Hop Culture and Femcees
  • Hip Hop and Education
  • Hip Hop and Television Representations
  • Hip Hop and Podcasting
  • Hip Hop and Hollywood Films
  • Hip Hop and Politics
  • Hip Hop and Afrofuturism

Submission Instructions

Abstract Submission Instructions

Scholars who are interested in submitting a paper should submit a well-developed extended abstract of no more than 750 words by November 15, 2023. It should be submitted directly through the journal’s submission portal. Feedback and an official invitation to submit for the special issue will be provided by December 1, 2023.

Final Submission Instructions

Final papers must follow APA style; be no longer than 20 pages, inclusive of all tables, figures and footnotes. Prior to uploading, authors should visit the Taylor & Francis website to review the instructors for authors, which will ensure there are no delays or rejections based on the journal’s formatting requirements. Once submitted, only quality original manuscripts will move forward to undergo the peer-reviewed process.

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