< Events | November 09-11, 2023

Hip-Hop Diaspora: Archiving and Celebrating 50 Years of the Culture explores the relationships between hip-hop

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From Nov. 9 to 11, Hip-Hop Diaspora: Archiving and Celebrating 50 Years of the Culture explores the relationships between hip-hop street culture practices, archiving and preservation – from Toronto to Havana, to London and Stockholm. The multi-venue event series features panel discussions, performances, a book launch, public talks and film screenings with international scholars and artists, marking the 50th anniversary of hip hop.

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The symposium sets out to answer the questions: What spiritual, self-reflexive, and political practices inform hip-hop knowledge production endeavors beyond the U.S.? And how might these elements be preserved in hip-hop archiving efforts and their relations to the digital humanities? Symposium topics are geared towards the role of institutions including archives, libraries, museums, and universities.

The symposium kicks off with a keynote talk on Nov. 9 by Courtney Chartier, archivist of the Tupac papers and President of the Society of American Archivists. 

Venues: Jackman Humanities Institute (with virtual options) – Nov 9; UTSC (with virtual options) – Nov 10; AGO (in-person only) – Nov 11

Supported by Jackman Humanities Institute, Centre for Caribbean Studies, Faculty of Music, and the Critical Digital Humanities Initiative, among other external partners like the AGO and Northside Hip Hop. The faculty members behind it are UTSC’s Pablo D. Herrera Veitia and Mark Campbell, both of the Afrosonic Innovation Lab.

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