Call For Papers


Performing Diaspora 2013
York University, Toronto ON
1 June 2013


We are seeking proposals for the 2013 edition of Performing Diaspora: The History of Urban Music in Toronto (on June 1st, 2013). We encourage papers from a wide range of academic disciplines and methodological backgrounds. In addition, those papers that are accepted will be included in a Performing Diaspora publication of working papers, published at a later date following the one-day conference.

This year, the focus of our conference will be on the history of urban music, particularly Hip Hop, as it has developed in the geographical context of post-WWII Toronto, between the latter 1970s and the mid-1990s. We will be accepting papers on the following themes and topics (as they intersect with the history of Urban Music in Toronto):

The Music Industry and Technology (record labels, radio, television, print and social media); Race, Ethnicity, and Identity; Gender, Sexuality, and the Body; Urban Studies; Nation, Nation-building and Multiculturalism; Popular Culture and Consumerism; Migration and Diaspora; Work, Class, and Community

Applicants are invited to submit a 250-word proposal for individual papers. Submissions must be accompanied by a short biographical statement and email contact information. The extended deadline for submissions is February 15, 2013.

Please direct submissions and/or questions to Francesca D’Amico at: