URBANA — On Dec. 5-6, the University of Illinois will host the symposium "Hip Hop and Punk Feminisms" at the Asian American Cultural Center lounge, 1210 W. Nevada St., U.
Since their controversial inceptions, punk and hip-hop have received significant scholarly attention as objects of study, a news release reads. Rarely are the two brought into conversation with each other, or their ties to feminism thoroughly explored.
In addition to scholars and activists, including a roundtable moderated by Michelle Habell-Palan from the Women Who Rock Research and Archive Project, the symposium will bring together notable female hip-hop DJs, emcees and punk performers.
Guest performers/speakers include Alice Bag, lead singer of the Bags, the first female-fronted punk band to play the Masque during the West Coast punk revolution of 1977; Detroit's Invincible; Chicago native T.R.U.T.H.; and Canada's first Queen of Hip Hop, Michie Mee.
Champaign's Klevah Knox also will perform.
On both days, symposium attendees can participate in the creation of 'zines and posters; supplies will be provided. There are also guided tours, which include "Black Queer Feminist Beat Making" with Blair Smith and "Feminist PunkZine Making" with The Art Eddies, a group of art education doctoral students from the UI. Artist Mekha McGuire will display her work, and Sarah Beth Woods and Fatima Traore will do interactive performance art.
The symposium is a free event; a full schedule is at hiphopandpunkfeminisms.weebly.com/schedule.html.