Call For Presentations

*Hello everyone! Submissions for this year are now closed. However, we’d still love to see you at the conference. And please don’t hesitate to reach out to us if you’d like to propose a panel, paper, or performance for next year!

Breakin’ BLACK Reachin’ Back

CUNY Graduate Center English Student Association Conference 

Friday, April 29 & Saturday, April 30, 2022

Call For … Presentations, Papers, Performances, Panels

CUNY Graduate Center

New York, NY

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Breakin’ BLACK Reachin’ Back is an experiential conversation engaging with Black intellectual, political and creative concepts through the primary disciplinary nodes of Black studies, Hip Hop and DJ scholarship. This virtual two day gathering centers practitioners as theorists celebrating the generativity of listening, breathing, being, moving, making and saying that has always envisioned and enabled Black existence far beyond colonial interference, calling us together to innovate, re/connect, and playback ideas and understanding as we r/evolve and remix. All sessions will be open to the public including offerings from DJs, dancers, lyricists, scholars, students, and visual artists. 

The two-day conference from April 29-30, 2022 will feature roundtable panel conversations, keynote presentations including musical and dance performances followed by discussion/Q&A, and breakout sessions for related scholarly papers. We invite proposals for innovative presentations including scholarly papers, personal narratives, panel discussions, and DJ/lyricist/dance performances, that engage with but are not limited to the following areas of study:

Black & Africana Studies

Sound Studies

Archival Studies

Graffiti & Aerosol Arts

Black Geographies

Hip Hop Pedagogy

DJ Scholarship

Queer Studies

Performance Studies

Dance & Movement Studies

Critical Theories

Disabilities Studies

Affect Studies

Black Poetics & Rhetoric

Technology & Digital Humanities

Black Time Studies

Global & Diasporic Communities

Aesthetics & Design

Black Madness Studies

Gender & Sexuality Studies

Please submit an abstract of up to 400 words, a short biographical description, and your contact information via the form below by March 27th, 2022. If you have questions or concerns, please contact the conference organizers at