Talking Back: Hip Hop Through Research and Practice

Activity: Talk or presentationOral presentation


Hip Hop has become a worldwide cultural phenomenon and has impacted a large international community.

Talking Back: Hip Hop Through Research and Practice is grounded in feminist and critical theorist Bell Hook’s idea of “Talking Back”. This three-day event will open up a space to learn more about the five pillars of Hip Hop (Knowledge, style writing/graffiti, b-boying/breaking, Djing, Emceeing) and will allow artists and researchers to sit down and discuss their practice and reflect on their research. The event was directed by Rosa Cisneros from (C-DaRE), Maria Polodeanu (Reel Master Productions), and Marius Mates (BreakDots Company).

The hope is that each session will explore the importance of hip hop and its cultural, social, political and economic value in some capacity. Talking Back opens up online dialogical spaces for people to come together, learn, share, question, reflect, dream and gather different perspectives to current research streams in the field.

The event will be of interest to people hoping to engage in culturally relevant discussions, students and artists looking for networking opportunities, and anyone seeking to learn more about hip hop culture.

The three-day event will include conversations with Dr Alex Mason (University of Sheffield), Otis Mensah, Frieda Frost, Robert Hylton, Dan (Lyrix Organix), Love SSega (UK), Axel Gossiaux (BE), Marius Mates (RO/UK), Adil “Dj KhanFu” Khan (UK), Robin Bodéüs (BE), David Diallo (FR), Dr Monique Charles, Street Factory, and Jade Ward. Each morning there will be a short sharing of a performance that will kick-off the day. This may include a film or a dance workshop.
Period15 Jun 202118 Jun 2021
Event titleTalking Back: Hip Hop Through Research and Practice
Event typeWorkshop
LocationCoventry, United KingdomShow on map
Degree of RecognitionInternational


  • Hip Hop
  • Dance
  • Practice research