Université Paul-Valéry, Montpellier 3, France, 20-21 June 2019
CFP (by October 1, 2018)
The purpose of this two-day conference is firstly to try and plot Gil Scott-Heron’s intellectual and artistic itinerary over a three-decade career. Close attention will be paid to the ways in which he transformed the poetic form of the song and continued the tradition of change and innovation in Black cultural expression.
It is then to situate him as accurately as possible on the spectrum of African-American radicalism and to examine his place as an American citizen and citizen of the world.
We will finally trace out his influences and, taking a transatlantic view, explore what, as a spoken-word artist, his present influence may be in the specific case of British artist Kate Tempest.