H. Samy Alim

Event Information

Date & Time
January 21, 2016 -
11:45am to 1:00pm
Serra House
589 Capistrano Way
94305 Stanford , CA
California US

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Faculty Fellows' Lunch Featuring H. Samy Alim


H. Samy Alim: "Freestyle Rap Battles in LA and Cape Town: Challenging White Dominance While Marginalizing Other Classed, Gendered and Sexualized Identities."

Alim explores the improvised freestyle rap battles by young men in Los Angeles and Cape Town through comparative analyses of the linguistic performance of gender, race and ethnicity. While these youth, across both contexts, temporarily transform social meanings attached to race and ethnicity in these verbal duels, a more nuanced examination suggests that they challenge some forms of dominance while (re)producing others. Specifically, a particular kind of Blackness/Colouredness (masculine, working-class, local, street-affiliated and heterosexual) that both challenges White domination as it marginalizes other classed, gendered and sexualized identities.

H. Samy Alim is Professor Education: language, race, ethnicity -- Hip Hop Culture, Professor of Anthropology and Linquistics (by courtesy) and Director of the Institute for Diversity in the Arts.

Stanford faculty are invited to join us for lunch and a discussion.  Please RSVP to Wendy Skidmore if you would like to attend.



  • H. Samy Alim
    • Professor of Education
    • Professor of Anthropology and Linquistics (by courtesy)
    • Faculty Director, African & African American Studies
    • Director of the Institute for Diversity in the Arts
    • Faculty Research Fellow, 2015-16
    H. Samy Alim is Professor of Education and (by courtesy) Anthropology and Linguistics, and serves as the Faculty Director for African & African American Studies and the Institute for Diversity in the Arts, and as an affiliate of the Center for Comparative Studies in Race & Ethnicity. His most recent books include Articulate While Black: Barack Obama, Language, and Race in the U.S., with Geneva Smitherman (Oxford...