Many Musics of America

HipHop Literacies Conference


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The 2023 HipHop Literacies Conference is co-sponsored by the American Musicological Society’s Many Musics of America project. Held at The Ohio State University, the HipHop Literacies Conference is an academic-community event designed to explore issues relevant to the lives of the hip-hop generation of youth and their communities. The theme this year is “Hip-hop and Queer/Trans Black Feminisms,” honoring LGBTQ+ contributions to hip-hop and a more equitable society.

This interdisciplinary conference promotes research and teaching, while stimulating ongoing dialogue and outreach across the university, local community and beyond.

The conference was founded and is co-directed this year by Elaine Richardson, professor of Literacy Studies, Department of Teaching and Learning. Her co-directors are Ohio State’s Treva Lindsay, who is also a keynote speaker, and Gwendolyn Pough of Syracuse University.

Co-sponsors are the Education Foundation for Freedom and multiple units of The Ohio State University, including the College of Education and Human Ecology’s Office of Equity, Diversity and Global Engagement.

The Many Musics of America series is sponsor of the keynote by Shanté Paradigm Smalls, “Hip Hop is Queer: Black Methods on Living” and contributing sponsor for the 2023 Hip Hop Literacies Conference.


The conference is free and will take place at the Frank W. Hale Jr. Black Cultural Center on The Ohio State University’s Columbus campus. The free concert included in the conference program will be held in-person only at the Lincoln Theatre, 769 E. Long St., Columbus, Ohio, Friday, March 31, with doors opening at 7 p.m. The concert is free but with limited seating.

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