Hip-Hop Diaspora: Archiving and Celebrating 50 Years of the Culture Day 1

When and Where

Thursday, November 09, 2023 10:00 am to 9:30 pm
JHB 100
Jackman Humanities Building
170 St. George Street, 1st floor


From Toronto to Havana, to London and Stockholm, we will consider the relationships between hip-hop street culture practices, archiving and preservation.

Hip-Hop Diaspora: Archiving and Celebrating 50 Years of the Culture will focus on how global hip-hop voices collective marginalities through decolonial historiographic efforts and forges lasting people-to-people relations that echo economies of Black teaching (see Givens 2021) beyond US borders.

Our objectives are to examine the following:

  • Discursive intersections between diaspora studies, hip-hop archives and the digital humanities.
  • Non-institutional hip-hop archives contributions to the critical digital humanities.
  • How global knowledge production practices inform our understanding of hip-hop culture’s diaspora and transnational spaces in Canada, the Caribbean, and Europe.
  • Epistemic tensions in institutional digitization and discoverability processes vis-à-vis local hip-hop knowledge production methods (Herrera Veitia 2023).

About Hip Hop Diaspora

Evoking the Jackman Humanities Institute’s 2023-2024 Program for the Arts’ Absence theme, this first edition of Hip-Hop Diaspora will offer a multicampus space to debate two main thematic questions: What spiritual, self-reflexive, and political practices inform hip-hop knowledge production endeavours beyond the US? And how might these elements be preserved in hip-hop archiving efforts and their relations to the digital humanities?

November 9, 2023

10:00-10:30—Registration and Breakfast

10:30-10:45—Opening Remarks and Land Acknowledgement – Pablo D. Herrera Veitia

10:45-11:15—TALK Everybody Wins: Using the Power of the Institution to Advocate for Hip-Hop Communities

Speaker:  Courtney Chartier (Columbia University) and Q&A (hybrid)
Introduction: Mark Campbell, Abstract: Institutions (including archives, libraries, museums, and Universities) hold a great deal of knowledge and power. But the expression of that power often damages communities rather than supporting them. Institutions must learn from their pasts and understand their power to be effective and reciprocal community partners in preserving and celebrating Hip Hop's legacies.

11:15-11:45—ROUNDTABLE Call & Response: What do we mean by winning? (hybrid)

Participants: Francesca D’Amico, Courtney Chartier, Logix, Pablo D. Herrera Veitia

11:45-1:00—Lunch Break/Networking

13:00-13:45—BOOK LAUNCH/SIGNING Hip-Hop Archives: The Politics and Poetics of Knowledge Production (hybrid)
Participants: Mark Campbell, Murray Forman and Martha Diaz

14:30-15:15—PANEL Institutional Alignments: Pros and Cons

In-person: N. Onwusa, Martha Diaz
Virtually: Jaqueline Lima Santos, Jon Green

18:30-21:30—OPENING RECEPTION Roland Samplers: Past, Present, and Future Sound Archives, Hip-Hop, and Digital Humanities (in-person)

Participants: Astro Mega, Cosmo, Mark Campbell, J. Selter, Pablo D. Herrera Veitia, Matthew LeFaive

William Doo Auditorium, 45 Willcocks St Toronto, ON M5S 1C7 (NOTE DIFFERENT LOCATION)

This program is subject to change. For the most up to date information, visit the Hip-Hop Diaspora website.



Jackman Humanities Institute, Faculty of Music, Centre for Caribbean Studies, Art Gallery of Ontario, Loop Sessions Toronto, Critical Digital Humanities Initiative, Roland


170 St. George Street, 1st floor