CHR Summer and Residential Fellow Research Talk: PhD Candidate Ian Sinnett (Cultural Studies), "Hip Hop Sampling and the Aesthetic Repair of Spatiotemporal Disjuncture"

Tuesday, October 31, 2023 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM EDT

CHR Summer and Residential Fellow Research Talk: PhD Candidate Ian Sinnett (Cultural Studies), "Hip Hop Sampling and the Aesthetic Repair of Spatiotemporal Disjuncture"

Ian Sinnett is a PhD candidate in Cultural Studies. His research interests are in popular culture and popular music with an emphasis on hip hop, cultural memory, affect theory, media and technology studies, and Marxian political economy. His work has appeared in the peer-reviewed journals Riffs and Lateral.  

Ian's dissertation project, "Hip Hop Sampling, Temporality, and the Politics of Memory," investigates the emergence of hip hop sampling and its social and political effects by concentrating on 1980s New York City, where and when the practice is thought to have originated. With this locational and temporal focus, he examine how the particular factors of this historical conjuncture - e.g. the rise of neoliberal capitalism and its effects on urban working class communities - shaped sampling’s rise as a dominant expressive and creative practice. By employing various cultural studies frameworks, Ian hopes to parse out the ways in which material conditions interact with the creative practice of sampling, the broader hip hop community, and the culture of hip hop in general. Furthermore, he seeks to present a deep analysis of hip hop sampling's connection to the surreal, and the sociopolitical potentials of sampling's formal aesthetics. Sampling, with its reliance on the hip hop aesthetic of "the break," explicitly represents temporal disjuncture and historical nonlinearity, and it is this intentional application of the break through sampling that Ian seeks to interrogate.

Please join us in person in Horizon Hall 6325 or on zoom for a presentation and discussion around Ian's work! Zoom link will be provided through CHR's newsletter which you can sign up for by sending and email to chr@gmu.edu. 

 

 

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