Upcoming events

Bitter Fruit: Hip Hop’s Intellectual Genealogy – Public lecture by dr. Rachel Gillett

WHEN Tuesday 9 October, 16.00-17.30

WHERE Drift 21, room 105, Utrecht


In her lecture dr. Gillett will explore what it means to take Hip Hop seriously as a form of history and an intellectual engagement with the politics of memory and Empire. She reviews Paul Gilroy’s concept of the Black Atlantic paying particular attention to the exchanges between Continental Europe and America. The paper will draw on music by Billie Holiday, IAM, and Stromae to show how they interrogate European assumptions about rationalism and suffering and confront listeners with uncomfortable histories.


Rachel Gillett (Ph.D. Northeastern University, USA) is an Assistant Professor in cultural history at Utrecht University. Her research focuses on race in France, popular culture, and on the black Atlantic from a French perspective. She also works on the notion of cosmopolitanism in popular culture and on rugby and race relations in a post-colonial context. Her current book, under contract with Oxford UP, is entitled Begin the Biguine: Race and Popular Music in Interwar Paris.