2014 Hiphop Literacies: A Working Conference
The conference is scheduled to be held on February 3rd and 4th, 2014
ADVANCE REGISTRATION FOR THE CONFERENCE IS NOW CLOSED.
YOU MAY REGISTER ONSITE FOR ALL SESSIONS WITH THE EXCEPTION OF:
Session A2—New Directions in Queering Hip Hop Studies w/ Drs. Tanya Saunders and J. Brendan Shaw
B2—Artists and Youth
Onsite registration is available at 8:15 am on February 3rd and 4th at the Frank Hale Center.
Registration open until January 22nd or until full. Please register for the event. Must register in advance. Space is LIMITED!
Advance General Public-$5.00
Onsite registration, if space is available-$10.00
$5.00 FEE Guarantees your space as well as meals as indicated for both days!!
Ohio State students free with BuckID (must have Ohio State email ßaddress).
All events take place at the Frank Hale Black Cultural Center, 154 W. 12th, Ave., unless noted otherwise.
Monday February 3rd
9:30am - 11:45am
Dr. Christopher Emdin - Science for the Hiphop Generation
Dr. Christopher Emdin
Christopher Emdin is an Associate Professor in the Department of Mathematics, Science and Technology at Teachers College, Columbia University; where he also serves as Director of Science Education at the Center for Health Equity and Urban Science Education. He is currently a Caperton Fellow and Hip-Hop Archive Fellow at the WEB DuBois Institute at Harvard University.
Dr. Emdin is a social critic, public intellectual and science advocate whose commentary on issues of race, culture, inequality and education have appeared in dozens of influential periodicals including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Washington Post.
Dr. Emdin holds a PhD in Urban Education with a concentration in Mathematics, Science, and Technology; Masters degrees in both Natural Sciences and Education Administration, and Bachelors degrees in Physical Anthropology, Biology, and Chemistry.
He is the co creator of the #HipHopEd social media movement, and a much sought-after public speaker on a number of topics that include hip-hop education, STEM education, politics, race, class, diversity, and youth empowerment. He is also an advisor to numerous international organizations, school districts, and schools where he delivers speeches, and holds workshops/ professional development sessions for students, teachers, policy makers, and other education stakeholders within the public and private sector.
Dr. Emdin writes the provocative “Emdin 5” series on a number of contemporary social issues for the Huffington Post. He is also author of the award winning book, Urban Science Education for the Hip-hop Generation.
Dr. Tanya Saunders, Queering Hiphop Studies
Dr. Tanya L. Saunders
BIOGRAPHY Dr. Tanya L. Saunders is an Assistant Professor in the Department of African American and African Studies. As a sociologist/Latin American Studies scholar, Tanya’s academic interests lie in the areas of Coloniality Studies/Postcolonial theory, Cultural Studies/Sociology of Culture, Afro-Latino Studies, arts-based social movements, race, gender, sexuality and critical queer theory. She has a forthcoming book on the Cuban Underground Hip Hop Movement, tentatively entitled Black Thoughts, Black Revolution: Cuban Underground Hip Hop and Black Modernity.
Tanya is interested in the ways in which the African Diaspora, throughout the Americas -especially Afro-descendent gender and sexual minorities, have used the arts as a tool for social change. She has published in journals such as Latin American Perspectives, The Caribbean Review of Gender and Studies, Black Women, Gender and the Family, Feminist Media Studies, Souls: A Critical Journal of Black Politics, Culture and Society. She has several forthcoming articles and book chapters, the most recent is a 2013 Chapter in the anthology Black Gender and Sexualities. She is currently completing an anthology on the Cuban Underground Hip Hop Movement entitled: Underground Cuban Hip Hop: A Handbook. Recently, she was the 2011-2012 Fulbright scholar to Brazil where she began work on her next project, which compares São Paulo Hip Hop and Rio de Janeiro’s Baile Funky scenes.
J. Brendan Shaw
BIOGRAPHY J. Brendan Shaw is a PhD candidate in the English Department at The Ohio State University. He has a Bachelor's in English with a focus on Creative Writing and a minor in Women's Studies from the University of Kansas at Lawerence. He received his Master's in Women's Studies from The Ohio State University. His research interests focus on the intersections between Black feminist thought, queer theory, queer of color critique, and studies of popular culture. While at OSU, he has taught courses on composition and feminist film theory. He also uses social media and blogging to engage in ongoing conversations about popular culture as it reflects narratives of race, gender, and sexuality in American culture. His dissertation project examines representations of Black women in literature, film and music since the 1970's, considering how Black women have used technology as a means of intervening in traditional narratives of history that silence or straighten out Black women's queer desires.
12:00pm - 1:15pm (Lunch Presentation)
Theo Ressa, PhD Candidate, The Ohio State University - Krip Hop: HipHop & Disability
BIOGRAPHY Theo Ressa is a winner of 2007 Ford Foundation Scholarship. He has a bachelor’s degree in Special Education, English and Literature, and master’s degree in special education. He is currently a doctoral candidate in Multicultural and Equity Studies and Global Education program. He would describe himself as coming from disability studies, multicultural and equity studies, inclusive education, and special education background and ideology. He actively participates at forums, workshops, focus groups, classes, and conferences to disseminate information about disability. These experiences have exposed him to a wide range of possible debates on persons with disabilities, which to a certain extent affects his interpretation of events and discussions. Of recent, his focus has shifted to inclusive education. As scholar of inclusive education, Theo incorporates various teaching strategies such as Krip Hop to consciously raise general education student teachers awareness of inclusive practices and Universal Design of Learning principles. Beyond classroom, Theo uses Krip Hop as a tool for advancing social justice.
1:30pm - 3:45pm
Jaqueline Lima Santos and Dr. Ana Lucia Silva Souza- A View from the Diaspora: Brazil
Jaqueline Lima Santos
BIOGRAPHY Jaqueline Lima Santos is currently a Ph.D. student in social anthropology. Her research focuses on hiphop culture, post-colonial youth narratives in Portuguese-speaking countries, as well as race, gender and the African Diaspora. She was awarded the Kabengele Munanga prize for best scientific work by the Africa Forum in 2007 for her essay "The Meaning of Blackness in Hip Hop: From Maroons to Periphery." Additionally, in 2010 she earned second classification in “The Fight against Racism for Women in Latin America and the Caribbean” for her essay "Lelia Gonzalez: Black Women and Intellectual.” In 2012, Jaqueline Lima Santos served as the Hiphop Archive Fellow at the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research at Harvard University.
Dr. Ana Lucia Silva Souza
BIOGRAPHY Ana Lucia Silva Souza, Ph.D. currently serves as the Dean of Extension, Art and Culture at UNILAB (University for International Integration of Lusophone and Afro-Brazil). Dr. Souza is also an associate professor at the Federal University of Bahia’s (UFBA) Institute of Letters. Her research focuses on Afro-Diasporic Culture, hip hop, literacy and education, education and racial relations among youth, and sociolinguistics. Her publications include “Hip Hop: New Gestures and Speech Spaces,” “Literacies and Black Images," "Literacies and Race Relations in the Hip Hop Cultural Movement,” and "Seeing the Culture: An Afro Brazilian Point of View.”
WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION This workshop will bring a Brazilian perspective on Hiphop pedagogies. Hiphop has emerged as a Global culture manifesting diverse local scenes around the world. The absorption of Hiphop into Brazilian culture provides an opportunity to examine one of the particular ways in which Hiphop organizations have emerged as an instrument of schooling and literacies. This workshop provides a theoretical framework on Brazilian Hiphop and its significance in the Education of Blacks in Brazil. We will share how Hiphop changes lives and contributes to new perspectives to education and social projects.Specific examples of this process center on the activism of Brazilian Hiphoppers in places called “Casa do Hiphop”, (in English) “Hiphop House.” We have many Hiphop houses in Brazil, but we will focus on Hiphop houses located in São Paulo state: Diadema, São José do Rio Preto and Campinas. Materials, such as videos, fanzines, magazines, CDs will give participants of this workshop a taste of the Brazilian Hiphop experience.
Dr. Bettina Love Hiphop in Elementary and Secondary Education
Dr. Bettina L. Love
BIOGRAPHY Bettina L. Love is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Educational Theory & Practice at the University of Georgia. Her research focuses on the ways in which urban youth negotiate Hip Hop music and culture to form social, cultural, and political identities. A continuing thread of her scholarship involves exploring new ways of thinking about urban education and culturally relevant pedagogical approaches for urban learners. More specifically, she is interested in transforming urban classrooms through the use of non-traditional educational curricula (e.g., Hip Hop pedagogy, media literacy, Hip Hop feminism, and popular culture). Building on that theme, Dr. Love also has a passion for studying the school experiences of queer youth, along with race and equality in education. She is the author of Hip Hop’s Li’l Sistas Speak: Negotiating Hip Hop Identities and Politics in the New South (2013 Critics Choice Award, American Educational Studies Association). Her work has appeared in numerous books and journals, including the International Journal of Critical Pedagogy, Journal of LGBT Youth, Urban Review, Educational Studies, and Race, Gender and Class.
WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION As Hip Hop-based education (HHBE) becomes an ever more popular pedagogical practice, questions must be raised concerning how HHBE moves beyond beats and rhythms to promote critical thinking, community-building, and principles of social justice. This workshop is designed for elementary and middle school educators aimed at assisting teachers in creating curriculum aligned with the Common Core State Standards focused on social justice, community-building, and critical thinking in context of the elements of Hip Hop (Graffiti, MCing, Deejaying, Breakdancing, and Knowledge of Self and Community). The overall goal of the workshop is to teach educators the history and five pillars of Hip Hop, with special emphasis on the fifth element: Knowledge of Self and Community. Through student interviews, work, and teaching videos, the workshop highlights the educational outcomes of HHBE when linked to the five elements of Hip Hop, formal school curriculum, the sociopolitical lives of urban learners, and multiliteracies.
Panel on Hiphop and Civil Rights featuring the legendary Hiphop Activist and Artist, from Public Enemy Mr. Chuck D (Ohio Union/Performance Hall)
Tuesday February 4th
8:45am - 10:00am
New Directions in Hiphop Studies with Drs. Regina Bradley and John Jennings
Dr. Regina N. Bradley
BIOGRAPHY Regina N. Bradley, PhD is an instructor of English and Interdisciplinary Studies at Kennesaw State University. She earned her PhD in African American Literature at Florida State University in 2013. Regina writes about post-Civil Rights African American literature, the contemporary U.S. South, pop culture, race and sound, and Hip Hop. Her current book project explores how hip hop (culture) sensibilities can be used to navigate race and identity politics in this supposedly postracial moment of American history. Regina has two forthcoming articles: “Conceptualizing Hip Hop Sonic Cool Pose in Late 20th and 21st Century Rap Music” in Current Musicology and “Strictly 4 My N.I.G.G.A.Z.?: the Messy Organic Intellectualism of Tupac Shakur” in the Journal of Hip Hop Studies. Also known as Red Clay Scholar, a nod to her Georgia upbringing, Regina maintains a blog and personal website – www.redclayscholar.com. She can also be reached on Twitter: @redclayscholar.
BIOGRAPHY John Jennings is Associate Professor in the Department of Visual Studies at University at Buffalo, The State University of New York. His research and teaching focus on the analysis, explication, and disruption of African American stereotypes in popular visual media. His research is concerned with the topics of representation and authenticity, visual culture, visual literacy, social justice, and design pedagogy. Mr. Jennings is an accomplished designer, curator, illustrator, cartoonist, and award-winning graphic novelist. His work overlaps into various disciplines including American Studies, African American Studies, Design History, Media Studies, Sociology, Women and Gender Studies, and Literature.
10:15am - 12:15pm
Drs. Mark Anthony Neal and Treva Lindsey—Gender and Sexuality
Dr. Mark Anthony Neal
Mark Anthony Neal is Professor of Black Popular Culture in the Department of African and African-American Studies at Duke University, where he won the 2010 Robert B. Cox Award for Teaching. He is the author of five books, What the Music Said: Black Popular Music and Black Public Culture (1998), Soul Babies: Black Popular Culture and the Post-Soul Aesthetic (2002), Songs in the Keys of Black Life: A Rhythm and Blues Nation (2003) and New Black Man: Rethinking Black Masculinity (2005). Neal is also the co-editor (with Murray Forman) of That’s the Joint!: The Hip-Hop Studies Reader, 2nd Edition (2011) Routledge. Neal’s latest book is Looking for Leroy: (Il)Legible Black Masculinities (2013) New York University Press.
Neal hosts the weekly webcast, “Left of Black” in collaboration with the John Hope Franklin Center at Duke University (Duke on Demand). A frequent commentator for National Public Radio, Neal is a weekly columnist and contributes to several on-line media outlets, including The Root.com, theGrio.com, SeeingBlack.com and Britain’s New Black Magazine. Neal maintains a blog at NewBlackMan.
Dr. Treva Lindsey
BIOGRAPHY Assistant Professor of Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies at The Ohio State University, Treva Lindsey specializes in black feminist theory, women’s history, and popular culture studies. She has published in and has forthcoming publications in The Journal of Pan-African Studies, SOULS, African and Black Diaspora, the Journal of African American Studies, and African American Review. She is also the recipient of several awards and fellowships from the Woodrow Wilson Foundation, the Social Science Research Council, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Emory University, the National Women’s Studies Association, and the Center for Arts and Humanities at the University of Missouri. Her first book entitled, Colored No More: New Negro Womanhood in the Nation’s Capital is currently under review. She is also the co-editor of a forthcoming collection of essays on black popular culture in the twenty-first century. Her next book project will focus on popular culture representations of contemporary African American womanhood from the late twentieth century to the present. She is building a strong online presence through guest contributing to online forums such as The Feminist Wire and The Left of Black Web Series.
WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION This workshop will hone in on how hip hop studies engages gender and sexuality. Exploring the growing body of hip hop-based scholarship and activism pivoting around women and GLBT people, Drs. Neal and Lindsey will offer insights on effective methodologies, theoretical frameworks, and paradigms for examining the complexity hip hop’s gender and sexual politics. Using a seminar format, participants will survey the progressive, transgressive, and regressive possibilities and politics extant in hip hop. Furthermore, the workshop will provide a critical conversation about if and how hip hop shapes, configures, and remixes gender and sexual identities. The workshop will cover topics such as: misogyny, sexism, heteropatriarchy, transphobia, homophobia, genderqueer identity, non-normativity, feminism(s), masculinities, and representational politics. Workshop participants will acquire both teaching and research tools to improve how we teach, study, and discuss hip hop’s gender and sexual politics.
Drs. Emery Petchauer and Joycelyn Wilson-New Directions in Hiphop Education
Dr. Emery Petchauer
BIOGRAPHY Emery Petchauer is an Assistant Professor of urban education in the Teacher Development and Educational Studies department at Oakland University. His research focuses on the cultural dimensions of teaching and learning in urban schools and universities as well as teacher development, licensure, and policy. He is the author of Hip-Hop Culture in College Students’ Lives: Elements, Embodiment, and Higher Edutainment (Routledge, 2012) and the co-editor of Schooling Hip-Hop: Expanding Hip-Hop Based Education Across the Curriculum (Teachers College Press, 2013). Professor Petchauer’s research has received attention in Diverse Issues in Higher Education, Inside Higher Ed, and the Philadelphia, Boston, and New York Metro papers. A former high school English teacher, he has received teaching awards at both secondary and higher education levels.
Dr. Joycelyn A. Wilson
BIOGRAPHY Joycelyn A. Wilson is an assistant professor of educational foundations at Virginia Tech and and affiliate faculty in the Institute for Creativity, Arts, and Technologies (ICAT). She is an ethnographer with interests in hip-hop based education and sociocultural factors influencing urban education in K-12 and post-secondary formal and informal learning environments. Professor Wilson is the founder of the Four Four Beat Project, a digital pedagogies laboratory located on the Virginia Tech campus that focuses on the use of music, technology, and culture to develop the authentic leadership capacities of youth and youth influencers, as well as expose the next generation of innovators to professional opportunities in STEM. Her archive is the first one located at an institute of technology in the American Southeast. Visit at www.fourfourbeatproject.org and like Four Four Beat Project on Facebook and Instagram.
Dr. Wilson is part of the #HipHopEd collective, a regular contributor to The Root, and a Hip Hop Archive Alumnus Fellow at the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute, part of the Hutchins Center of African and African American Research at Harvard University. Along with civil rights icon Andrew Young, she is the co-producer of the Emmy Award-winning documentary “Walking With Guns”, featuring rapper/actor Clifford “TI” Harris, Jr.
A product of the Atlanta Public Schools and former high school math teacher, Dr. Wilson received her BS in Mathematics and PhD from the University of Georgia, and MA in education from Pepperdine University. She credits her family, friends, and mentors for her success. Follow her on Twitter @drjoycedotnet and Instagram@styleandscholarship.
WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION This interactive workshop will give an overview of the ways that hip-hop is used for educational purposes in and out of schools among youth and young adults. Delving deeper, it will explore the interconnections between hip-hop practices, artifacts, and learning. By practices, we refer to sampling, battling, movement, and others that take place in hip-hop spaces and cyphers. By artifacts, we refer to vinyl records, music, turntables, and others that people use while creating hip-hop. Participants can expect to engage in hands-on and ears-open activities with hip-hop artifacts to understand how these facilitate learning in the culture of hip-hop. Participants can expect to leave the workshop with general guidelines about how to use hip-hop practices and artifacts as a source of learning in other educational settings.
1:45pm - 4:00pm
Drs. Oneka LaBennett and Carla Stokes, Black Girlhood and Hiphop
Dr. Oneka LaBennett
BIOGRAPHY Oneka LaBennett is Associate Professor of Africana Studies at Cornell University. She received her PhD in Social Anthropology from Harvard University in 2002, and her BA in Sociology and Anthropology from Wesleyan University in 1994. Her research and teaching interests include popular youth culture; race, gender and consumption; urban anthropology; transnationalism and diaspora; and Caribbean migration. LaBennett is the author of She’s Mad Real: Popular Culture and West Indian Girls in Brooklyn (New York University Press, 2011), and editor of Racial Formation in the Twenty-First Century (University of California Press, 2012; co-edited with Daniel Martinez HoSang and Laura Pulido). In addition to her contributions to academic journals and edited volumes, LaBennett has published Op-eds in Ms. Magazine and in The Huffington Post. Her Op-ed, “How Does Nicki Minaj Influence Black Girls? Ask Them,” was quoted in the April 2013 issue of Elle Magazine. She has also conducted oral history research on art and culture in the Bronx with a focus on Bronx women’s contributions to hip hop music. LaBennett was born in Guyana and raised in Brooklyn, New York.
WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION This workshop will engage participants with ethnographic research on Black adolescent girls in Brooklyn and with historical accounts of young women’s contributions to hip hop culture in New York City. Based in part on the research conducted for She’s Mad Real: Popular Culture and West Indian Girls in Brooklyn (NYU Press 2011), the workshop addresses the following questions: Are Black teenage girls equipped to decipher the contradictory and often times derogatory representations of women and girls in hip hop music? How do girls’ interpretations of and interactions with hip hop differ from those of adults, educators, and academics? How are contemporary female hip hop artists/activists using the genre to empower girls and women? The workshop will situate Black girls not as passive victims but as active consumers who offer meaningful critiques of popular representations of Black femininity. We will explore specific accounts of Brooklyn girls’ understandings of hip hop music and culture. The workshop will prompt participants to critically engage with “old school” and contemporary hip hop songs produced by female artists including Roxanne Shanté and Nicki Minaj.
Dr. Carla Stokes
BIOGRAPHY Hip hop-influenced popular culture has been criticized for glorifying sex, violence, misogyny, consumerism, substance use, and other risky behaviors. This workshop is designed to assist educators, mentors, adult allies, youth workers, and girl-serving professionals in understanding the role of hip hop-influenced popular culture in the lives of black girls. We will explore creative strategies and best practices for using hip hop as a tool for educating black girls and involving them in health, media literacy, leadership, and youth development programs.
WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION Carla Stokes, PhD, MPH is a teen health and behavior expert, girl empowerment advocate, professional speaker, and success coach who specializes in helping young women, girls, and parents thrive through the pressures and transitions of adolescence. Dr. Carla is also the founder of Helping Our Teen Girls In Real Life Situations, Inc. (HOTGIRLS)®, an award-winning 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to empowering underserved young women and girls to develop leadership skills, create positive social change in their communities, and realize their full potential.
Dr. Carla began using hip hop-influence popular culture as an educational tool in the classroom in the 1990’s, while she was enrolled as a student at Spelman College. She earned her Doctor of Philosophy and Master of Public Health degrees from the University of Michigan and completed a post-doctoral research fellowship at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. During her doctoral studies at the University of Michigan, Dr. Carla taught a course on representations of black women in hip hop and popular culture as an instructor in the Department of Women’s Studies. Her activism and pioneering scholarly research on the intersections between black adolescent girls’ sexuality, identity and body image with youth culture, hip hop, and social media have been published in academic journals and books and featured in national media outlets. For more information about her work, visit www.drcarla.com.
4:30pm - 6:30pm
Ms. Joan Morgan and Dr. Brittney Cooper, From Hiphop Feminism to Hiphop Generation Feminism
BIOGRAPHY Joan Morgan is an award-winning journalist, author and a provocative cultural critic. A pioneering hip-hop journalist, she began her professional writing career freelancing for The Village Voice. Morgan’s passion and commitment to the accurate documentation of hip-hop culture combined with adept cultural criticism placed her at the forefront of music journalism. She was one of the original staff writers at Vibe magazine and a contributing editor and columnist for Spin. Morgan has written for numerous publications among them MS., More, Interview, Working Mother, GIANT, and Essence magazines. In January 2000, she was asked to join the Essence staff where she served as Executive Editor.
Morgan coined the term “hip-hop feminism” in 1999, when she published the groundbreaking book, When Chickenheads Come Home to Roost. Her book has been used in college coursework across the country. Fresh, witty and irreverent, it marked the literary debut of one of the most original, perceptive and engaging young social commentators in America today. Frequently reprinted, her work appears in numerous college texts, as well as books on feminism, music and African-American culture.
Regarded internationally as an expert on the topics of hip-hop and gender, Morgan has made numerous television and radio appearances—among them MTV, BET, VH-1, Like It Is, and CNN.
Morgan has taught at her high school alma mater, the prestigious Fieldston School for five years. She was an instructor in the Creative Writing Program at the New School in New York City and a Visiting Instructor at Duke University where she taught “The History of Hip-Hop Journalism” and a Visiting Research Scholar at Vanderbilt University. In 2013, she was Visiting Instructor at Stanford University’s Institute for the Diversity of the Arts where she was awarded the St. Claire Drake Teaching Award. It is the first time the award has ever been given to a Visiting Scholar.
Dr. Brittney Cooper
BIOGRAPHY Brittney Cooper is an Assistant Professor of Women’s and Gender Studies and Africana Studies at Rutgers University. A scholar of Black women’s intellectual history, Black feminist thought, and race and gender in popular culture, Dr. Cooper writes extensively about both historic and contemporary iterations of Black feminist theorizing. Dr. Cooper’s first book Race Women: Gender and the Making of a Black Public Intellectual Tradition is under review with a major university press. Dr. Cooper is co-founder along with Dr. Susana Morris of the Crunk Feminist Collective, a feminist of color scholar-activist group that runs a highly successful blog. Three members of the CFC were recently profiled in Essence Magazine’s list of Young, Black, and Amazing women under age 35. Recently named to The Root 100--2013, an annual list of top Black influencers, Dr. Cooper is committed to doing accessible public scholarship that respects people inside and outside of the academy as knowledge producers. She is a regular contributor at Salon.com and her cultural commentary has appeared at Ebony.com, TheRoot.com, the Los Angeles Times, the New York Times, TV Guide, Huffington Post Live, Colorlines.com, NPR, and Al Jazeera America.
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