15 Dec 2022
14:15  - 15:45

Englisches Seminar, Grosser Hörsaal

Guest lecture / Talk

Hauntings of the Past in African-American Rap

Dr. Ana Sobral (artlink, Bern)

Since the late 1970s, hip hop culture and rap music have served as a mouthpiece of African-American communities, depicting the struggles and challenges faced by Black Americans up to our days. Significantly, rap is also a central source of remembering the past, and connecting past oppression with current injustices. In this way, rap is in fact a form of "memory vehicle", rearticulating histories and reworking traumatic experiences shared by African-American communities. In this session, we will look at selected music videos by rappers such as Nas, Kendrick Lamar and Mick Jenkins, and examine how particularly the representations of bodies and/in specific spaces directly tap into the collective memory of enslavement and its massive consequences in the USA up to our days.

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