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 10, 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 and Q&A Jonzi D, Breaking Convention, UK (hybrid)
Introduction: Mary Fogarty
11:15-11:45—TALK and Q&A: How does Hip-Hop vocabulary define contemporary theatre/dance?
Abstract: How does hip-hop vocabulary define contemporary theatre and dance archives? Abstract: The artistic and technical development of breaking, popping, krump, rap, etc., has spread across the globe like a life-affirming virus. Giving hope to disenfranchised communities, decolonizing both pedestrian and institutional spaces while also establishing a new lexicon in theatre and the work of archiving dance practices.
13:00-14:00—PANEL Doing the Knowledge: The politics of archiving hip-hop histories in Canada, the US and Russia
In-person: K. Anwer Shaikh, M. Fogarty, K. El-Hakim
Virtually: S. Ivanov, J. Noer
14:15-15:15—PANEL Challenging Archival Forms: Hip-hop oral histories, bottom-up historiographies and non-institutional archivist efforts: US, Philippines, Sweden and the UK (hybrid)
In-person: S. Robertson-Palmer
Virtually: J. Gabrillo, P. Foster, G. Pipitone, J. Kimvall
15:30-16:30—PANEL Beyond the Nation: Practitioners’ cultural labour to produce archival work beyond the constrictions of the Nation in Yugoslavia, Germany and Cuba (hybrid)
In-person: P. Herrera Veitia.
Virtually: O. Kohl, L. Schmiedling
20:00-22:00—END OF DAY DJ SHOW DJ AfroQbano (Cuba/US)
Location: 1265 Bistro Stage, UTSC, 1265 Military Trail, Toronto, ON, M1C 1A4
This program is subject to change. For the most up to date information, visit the Hip-Hop Diaspora website.