Events

Hip Hop Harem: Women, Rap and Representation in the Middle East | Angela Williams
Thursday, May 28, 2020 - 2:00pm to Thursday, May 28, 2020 - 3:00pm
Hip Hop Harem: Women, Rap and Representation in the Middle East | Angela Williams

Thursday, May 28, 2020

2:00 - 3:00pm

via Zoom

Registration REQUIRED at our registration webpage

About the Lecture

Although hip hop culture has widely been acknowledged as a global cultural movement, little attention has been given to women’s participation in hip hop culture in various parts of the world or how this participation interacts with and impacts the lives of other women. This lecture will explore the work of prominent rappers from the region. Through the lens of hip hop feminism, Williams seeks to express how the artists’ work affects female audience members who relate to themes of self-determination and liberation within their own lives. The popular imagery of the harem is flipped, turned on its head in likely hip hop fashion, as the artists speak back to voices of male dominance and a power structure that has sought to define them and the region.

Angela Williams is the Associate Director at the Center for South Asian and Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where she has worked on educational programs related to the Middle East and South Asia for campus and community audiences for the past ten years. She completed her MA and BA in Linguistics at Illinois, and studied Arabic at the Arabic Language Institute at the American University in Cairo. She recently published Hip Hop Harem: Women, Rap and Representation in the Middle East. She teaches on the representations of women and popular culture in the MENA region.

About the MESC Scholarly Lecture Series

This monthly lecture series showcases the work of scholars from different disciplines working on the Middle East. Our speakers have achieved regional, national, and international recognition, and they initiate critical discussion within our community. Speakers have given talks on a wide range of topics, including theology in Syria, Iranian Cinema, music of the Arab Spring, and public service provision in Lebanon. We welcome nominations for speakers across all disciplines related to Middle Eastern Studies for the following academic year from the public. If you have anyone in mind, please let us know at mesctr@pdx.edu