Hip-Hop Diaspora: Archiving and Celebrating 50 Years of the Culture Day 3

When and Where

Saturday, November 11, 2023 2:00 pm to 9:30 pm
Art Gallery of Ontario
317 Dundas St West, Toronto, ON, M5T 1G4


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 11, 2023

10:00-10:30—Registration and Breakfast

14:00-14:15—Opening Remarks and Land Acknowledgement – Pablo D. Herrera Veitia

14:45-15:30—KEYNOTE Fab Five Freddy Talks Archiving Hip-Hop

Introduction: Martha Diaz, Hip-Hop Education Center

TALK and Q&A Fred Brathwaite: The Archive of the Future.

Abstract: Brathwaite discusses the acquisition of his hip-hop archive by the New York Public Library’s Schomburg Center. The archive spans eras and mediums and includes audio, photos, fliers, VHS tapes, vinyl, and defunct merchandise, ranging from Yo! MTV Raps tees to rare footage of Basquiat, a New Jack City screenplay draft, and a tape reel recording from the night Malcolm X was assassinated.

16:00—FILM SCREENING – Inventos – Eli Jacobs-Fantauzzi, Fist Up! TV

18:30-21:30—CLOSING EVENT PERFORMANCE Sets by DJ DTS, Grumps

Location: TBA

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


317 Dundas St West, Toronto, ON, M5T 1G4