Hip-Hop Diaspora: Archiving and Celebrating 50 Years of the Culture Day 2

When and Where

Friday, November 10, 2023 10:00 am to 10:00 pm
MW 130
University of Toronto Scarborough
1265 Military Trail, Toronto, ON M1C 1A4


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.

11:45-1:00—Lunch Break/Networking

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.



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


1265 Military Trail, Toronto, ON M1C 1A4