Title of Research Output

Allyship in Anti-Racist Online Verbal Art

Faculty

Arts and Humanities

Supervisor Name

Karen Pennesi

Keywords

allyship, anti-racism, verbal art, allyship content

Description

In this project, we explore how content creators use verbal art (raps, songs, poems, spoken word etc.) to express their perspectives on racism, anti-racism movements and other related social events. This research question is addressed by examining each piece of verbal art with attention to linguistic and narrative techniques, the role of intended (or perceived) audiences, and adoption of social media trends in vocabulary use and discourse content.

Acknowledgements

We would like to extend a special thank you to our research supervisor Dr. Karen Pennesi for trusting us with this project and taking us on as research interns this summer. Your endless support and guidance are never taken for granted and has offered us the opportunity to grow as students and researchers.

To the Social Sciences USRI program and Department of Anthropology, thank you for offering this program to students and for committing to our growth and success. It has been a pleasure learning from countless mentors through professional development sessions and engaging in thoughtful conversations through the forums. Thank you for the opportunity to build our research skills and offer us a valuable experience that we will take with us into our careers.

To the students working on the project who came before us, thank you for laying the groundwork that made this project possible. We couldn’t have even begun to think about this project without the hours spent searching for videos and transcribing. In particular, Sydney Dawson, Mariela Magaña, Khalida Elsadati and Joanna Rossa did the hard work of building and organizing the original database of verbal art videos. Lastly, we also wanted to extend a special thank you to undergraduate student Ewere Agbamuche, it was a pleasure working with you this summer.

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Allyship in Anti-Racist Online Verbal Art

In this project, we explore how content creators use verbal art (raps, songs, poems, spoken word etc.) to express their perspectives on racism, anti-racism movements and other related social events. This research question is addressed by examining each piece of verbal art with attention to linguistic and narrative techniques, the role of intended (or perceived) audiences, and adoption of social media trends in vocabulary use and discourse content.