Show & Prove 2018

Hip Hop Studies Conference

Culver Center of the Arts

Conference Series - Day 1

Friday, December 7, 2018, 5pm - 9pm

Conference Series - Day 2

Saturday, December 8, 2018, 9am - 8pm

Conference Series - Day 3

Sunday, December 9, 2018, 9am - 5pm

Department of Dance, Center for Ideas and Society and UCR ARTS present:

Show & Prove 2018 Hip Hop Studies Conference
Imani Kai Johnson, Ph.D.
Founder & Chair of the Show & Prove Hip Hop Studies Conference Series
Assistant Professor, Critical Dance Studies, UC Riverside

December 7-9, 2018
Conference times available soon

Free and open to the public
Reservations required.

Show & Prove (S&P) is a biennial Hip Hop Studies conference series that is interdisciplinary in practice and international in scope. It began in New York in 2010, and (after a brief hiatus) resumed in Riverside, California, in 2016.  

The conference engages various formats, including traditional paper panels, roundtable discussions, workshops, master classes, and of course performance.  It has also always been and remains free and open to the public.  This year’s keywords are hustling and response/ability.

As one of the few ongoing Hip Hop Studies conferences in existence, S&P is premised on cultivating the necessary and critical dialogues for the development of Hip Hop Studies as a field.  Since universities began to adopt classes about Hip Hop and an increasing amount of scholarship gets published, this series was created for those with a vested interest in the culture—including artists and practitioners, students, teachers, scholars, community activists, and fans—to interrogate, complicate, and critically negotiate what it means to bring Hip Hop into the academy.  As well, in a political moment when people are mobilizing around the world to combat various institutionalized and culturally embedded forms of racism, misogyny, homophobia, transphobia, xenophobia, and the like, S&P is an inclusive forum that enacts the possibility of exchange and dialogue across various forms of difference in an effort to build something substantive.  And while it matters that we gather, it also matters how we gather—with a generous intent to listen, critique, share, and develop our work both individually and collectively.  In doing so, we create an international community of scholars, artists, students, and activists representing the interests of Hip Hop worldwide.

Conference Schedule

Evening, 5:00 (time may change)
Cristena L. Schlundt Lecture and Reception
Mary Fogarty, Associate Professor of Dance, York University
Morning Panels I, 9-10:20
WORKSHOP 1:  Here We Go Again!:  African Dance Presence in Hip Hop (workshop)
PANEL 1:  Blindspots in Hip Hop Studies
PANEL 2: Hip Hop, the Library, & Their Possibilities
Morning Panels II, 10:30-12:10
PANEL 3:  Doing Hip Hop Studies:  Methods of Analysis
PANEL 4:  Subversive Moves:  Hip Hop as Counter-Hegemony
PANEL 5:  Show & Prove: Undergrad Panel & Feedback Session
Post-Lunch Workshops, 1:10-2:10
WORKSHOP 2:  The MPC at 30: The Magic and Myth of Hip Hop’s Beat Machine (workshop)
PANEL 6:  Spiritual Expression & Hip Hop Culture
WORKSHOP 3:  Sober Flow (workshop, demo/performance, discussion)
Afternoon Panels I, 2:20-4
PANEL 7:  Hip Hop & the Hustle of History
PANEL 8:  Words, Beats, & Life (roundtable & cipher workshop)
PANEL 9:  Performing Identity:  Race, Gender, and Hip Hop Culture
PANEL 10:  Worth the Weight:  the Sustainability of Breaking Culture in Phoenix, Arizona (roundtable & film)
Afternoon Panels II, 4:10- 5:50
PANEL 11:  Black Asian Solidarity in Hip Hop (roundtable)
PANEL 12:  Change From Within:  Hip-Hop Studies at Columbia College Chicago (inc. performance piece, “Who R U?”) (roundtable & performance)
PANEL 13:  Showcasing Hip Hop:  Festivals, Podcasts, & Theatre

Evening Reception and Performances, 6:00 pm
Morning I
Morning II
PANEL 14:  Economic Hustling & the Pitfalls of Capitalism
PANEL 15:  Critically Engaging Millennial Rap
Afternoon I
PANEL 16:  Black Women & Black Feminist Thought
WORKSHOP 4:  From the Streets to Academia (roundtable & workshop)
Afternoon II
PERFORMANCE:  The Line Up (performance & artist talkback session)
WORKSHOP 5:  Using Hip Hop Therapy Techniques with Youth Through a Social Justice Counseling Framework (workshop)
Closing Roundtable on Conference Happenings and Post-Show & Prove Brainstorming



(951) 827-3245 

Sponsored by the UC Riverside Center for Ideas and Society; College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences Dean’s Office; and Department of Dance

Graphic design by Fritz Aragon