Promotionsthema: "The Arabic Hip Hop Nation – An Example for Glocalized Postcolonial Culture"

Since the very beginnings of hip hop in the 1970s, this culture has been seeing itself as a counter culture and defining itself through blackness as a shared denominator. This self-perception has made it attractive for individuals feeling marginalized all over the world who adopted the culture and subsequently incorporated local elements. The Ph.D. project aims at analyzing the various phenomena and problems arising from this process of "glocalization" in the Arabic rap scene. For that purpose intertextuality and language choice in Arabic rap music will be analyzed. Exemplarily texts of Algerian and Lebanese rappers living in their countries of origin or in the Arabic diaspora in France will be examined. This approach will lead to an understanding of Arabic hip hop culture, its interconnections and its relation to US and French hip hop scenes.