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Launch of a new library resource - Hip Hop and Grime

(2 November 2017)

In support of the priority to encourage socially responsible graduates, The Faculty of Humanities provides funding to course leaders through the annual Social Responsibility in the Curriculum competition. The aim is for Humanities students to be encouraged to think how their enthusiasm for their subject can communicate, connect or be relevant beyond the immediate demands of their course.

Dr Eithne Quinn, Senior Lecturer in American Studies in the School of Arts, Languages and Cultures (SALC), was awarded funding for 2017-18 to work with the Ahmed Iqbal Ullah Race Relations Resource Centre to build a brand new library resource, focusing on themes of hip hop, grime, spoken word, education and social justice.

Rap and grime music are vital expressive forms in the UK, US, and around the world, predominantly made by black and working-class youth. This new rap collection will provide valuable resources for students, researchers and the general public and will also give representation to the expressive practices of marginalized youth communities.

To celebrate the start of this exciting project, the Race Relations Centre is hosting a launch event, ‘Hip Hop, Spoken Word and the Library – Transcending Borders? Reflections on a decade of Grime and Young identity’. The speaker will be Dr Joy White of the Independent Social Research Foundation and Greenwich University accompanied by performances from Young Identity and an insight from Shirley May of Young Identity and Wordsmiths into their Spoken Word work in Manchester schools.

The event will take place on Tuesday, 14 November 2017 from 5.30pm in the Performance Space at Manchester Central Library. It is free to attend and everyone is welcome, but please book your place.