Hip-hop Pedagogy in Post-secondary Classrooms (A Higher Ed Remix)


Pedagogy & Professional / Cultural Studies and Media Studies

Prasad Bidaye (Humber College)

As hip-hop turns 50 in 2023, there is much to celebrate and reflect on, including its impact on higher education. This session is engaged with questions about the latter: what is hip-hop doing in our classrooms and conversely, what are we doing with it in our teaching practice?

While the ever-growing discourse of hip-hop pedagogy, as represented by scholars like Christopher Emdin and Marc Lamont Hill (to name a few), has been valuable for legitimizing the use of hip-hop as a learning tool, much of it focuses on K-12 grade school contexts. In the spirit of this year’s NEMLA theme on surplus, this panel aims to push the parameters and generate an ideas exchange around how hip-hop culture is engaged specifically within post-secondary classrooms, encompassing the full spectrum from two-year colleges to grad school programs.

Similarly, while much of hip-hop pedagogy discourse is arguably rooted in the field of educational studies, this session is interested in discussing teaching practices that are doubly informed by theoretical frameworks from humanities-based disciplines like cultural studies, literary studies, media studies, historical studies, etc.

Furthermore, we encourage presentations that challenge, exceed, or subvert the grand narratives of hip-hop studies (i.e., Bronx origins, canonical rappers, and classic albums).

The floor is open, y’all. Let’s hear what you got to teach!

This panel aims to push the parameters on hip-hop pedagogy by exploring teaching practices within post-secondary, humanities-focused contexts and by challenging grand narratives of hip-hop studies.