CANCELLED Marketing in Coexistence: Palestinian Hip-Hop and the Limits of Mixed Cities


Marshall Building, Room 490
845 N Park Ave.
85721 Tucson , AZ


Fri, 04/10/2020 - 3:00pm to Mon, 05/23/2022 - 6:52pm


CANCELLED Part of the Spring 2020 Middle Eastern and North African Studies Colloquium Series

Alexander Karaman, PhD Candidate, Gender and Women's Studies, University of Arizona
This talk, drawing from dissertation fieldwork in Jerusalem, critiques the politics of coexistence in mixed cities through an analysis of hip-hop practices therein. Focused on the careers of two artists, Muzi Raps and Saz, this talk contrasts celebratory depictions of mixed cities with the forced trade-offs that Palestinians make to survive in Jerusalem. As Muzi and Saz seek out higher paying gigs in Jerusalem, they must come to terms with those trade-offs and demonstrate what is needed to market in coexistence. What Palestinians are imagined as the ideal citizens of mixed cities? What decolonial possibilities do mixed cities offer? And can we salvage a transformative approach to coexistence?