Invitation: Inaugural Lecture by Professor Adam Haupt

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Remixing Scholarship: Hip Hop, the Humanities and Knowledge Production

Is humanities scholarship relevant? Can the humanities contribute to the country’s developmental objectives and the university’s research agenda? Discussing the new book Neva Again: Hip Hop Art, Education and Activism in Post-Apartheid South Africa (Haupt, Williams, Alim & Jansen, eds.) and his research on sampling, Haupt contends that humanities scholarship is being remixed by scholars who pose critical questions about epistemology; the political economy of scholarly publishing and intellectual property; multilingualism and culturally sustaining pedagogies; and decolonisation.

Professor Adam HauptAdam Haupt is Professor of Media Studies in the Centre for Film & Media Studies. He is the author of Static: Race and Representation in Post-Apartheid Music, Media and Film and Stealing Empire: P2P, Intellectual Property and Hip-Hop Subversion. Haupt is co-editor of Neva Again: Hip-Hop Art, Activism and Education in Post-Apartheid South Africa with Quentin Williams (UWC), Emile Jansen (Heal the Hood) and H. Samy Alim (UCLA); and co-producer of the related EP, #IntheKeyofB, with hip-hop artist Bradley Lodewyk. For more on the book and EP, visit HSRC Press (

Haupt is the co-editor of Journal of World Popular Music’s special double issue, Hip Hop Activism and Representational Politics, with Quentin Williams and H. Samy Alim (5.1 & 5.2, 2018). He serves on the advisory board for the first Hip Hop Book Series by University of California Press, the advisory board for Journal of World Popular Music and on the advisory board of CIPHER: Hip Hop Interpellation, funded by the European Research Council. He is also coordinating editor with J. Griffith Rollefson (University College of Cork, Ireland) of the forthcoming journal, Global Hip Hop Studies.

Date:       Wednesday, 31 July 2019

Time:       Doors open at 17:00, Lecture starts promptly at 17:30

Venue:    Lecture Theatre 2, Kramer Law Building, Middle Campus, University of Cape Town

RSVP by Sunday, 28 July 2019.

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