HIGH POINT, N.C., April 15, 2009 – Dr. Judy Isaksen, associate professor of media and popular culture studies in the Nido R. Qubein School of Communication at High Point University, was invited to participate in a roundtable discussion of scholars exploring “The Obama Effect on Contemporary Black Music Culture” at the National Popular Culture/American Culture Association Conference, held April 8-11 in New Orleans.
Isaksen, the only woman on the six-member panel, represented hip-hop feminism and explored the hopeful ways in which the loving relationship and family strength of the Obamas will productively alter how hip-hop constructs the representations and identity politics of women, mothers and family.
Isaksen also presented her paper, “The Rhetorical Roots of Hip Hop,” which explores the African roots of various discursive concepts that have traveled across centuries to contemporary Black oral traditions and are currently surfacing within hip-hop discourse.
“This is part of a larger project I am working on, so it was really beneficial to get feedback from other scholars within the hip-hop nation,” notes Isaksen.
Isaksen also served as a chair/discussant of a panel on Black music.
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