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Global Conference on Hip Hop Education

We look forward to seeing you in person or virtually in November 2023. 

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2023 Global Conference on Hip Hop Education 

Call for Proposals - due September 10th, 2023

November 8-10th, 2023 *Link to registration 

California State University Long Beach 


Co-Chairs: Tasha Iglesias, Ed.D, Hip Hop Association of Advancement and Education (HHAAE), Manny Faces, Hip Hop Can Save America, & Cindy Macias, HHAAE


“From the Golden Era to the Golden State”


 Sponsored by: 


The 2023 Global Conference on Hip Hop Education will expand upon our previous theme, which focused on the foundation of the culture and explore how this culture both migrated out of New York to states like California (i.e. the Golden State), and into popular culture and academia in the late 1970s to mid-1980s. Our conference theme “From the Golden Era to the Golden State,” will guide us as we explore the foundation of this culture, understand what brought about an increase in cultural diffusion, and how lessons learned from the golden era can inform current pedagogies, interventions, research, scholarship and practices.

Some of the first research conducted on Hip Hop was done by graduate students. David Cook is credited for writing the first thesis on Hip Hop titled “The Power of Rap” in 1987. When Cook (1987) began researching Hip Hop, scholarly research was almost non-existent, and he had to cite himself; Katel (2007) explains that “Cook ended up citing Davey D - the alias [David Cook] still uses as a hip-hop journalist - as somebody quoted in Bomb magazine” (p. 1). 

As a Chair, I am asking our community to go back to this timeline. I am inviting proposals that review the early published text and studies on Hip Hop. This conference will explore a thesis on Hip Hop by Bboy Stephen “Buddha” Leafloor written in 1986 for Carleton University in Ottawa Canada; this thesis may be the first academic text published on Hip Hop; but more research and discussion is needed. 

Later, in the early 1990s, several scholars would focus their dissertation studies on Hip Hop including: Cheryl Keyes (1991) who wrote “Rappin to the beat: rap music as street culture among African Americans,” and Tricia Rose (1993) who wrote ''Black Noise: Rap Music and Black Culture in Contemporary America''. These and a few other sources are considered the first published academic text on Hip Hop, since the 1990s much more has been published on this culture but like these studies, focuses mostly on rap music or lyrical analysis. Because of this, we are asking that all researchers and speakers include multiple elements when presenting.

The field however is only 40 years young and research on Hip Hop as a culture and its impact is limited; Alridge and Stewart (2020) explain that “very few academic historical studies have examined the phenomenon” (p. 190). Due to the lack of research, being a Scholar of Hip Hop can be daunting, especially when trying to utilize data to support your arguments for using Hip Hop in the classroom or other educational settings. It is our hope that this conference will help build your network, provide you with support, and create a community that shares-out our best practices and research aimed at empowering our communities through Hip Hop. We look forward to joining, and building with you, at our 2023 Global Conference on Hip Hop Education!


Tasha Iglesias, Ed.D

Co-Chair, Global Conference on Hip Hop Education

President, HHAAE


Presenters from all backgrounds and experience levels are welcome to present at the Global Conference on Hip Hop Education. Mentors are available if needed to assist you with your proposal. Please email:


Submission Instructions [Please use this link to submit your proposal] 


  1. Presenter Info

    1. Name

    2. Alias 

    3. Position/Title 

    4. Institutional/Organizational/Crew Affiliation

    5. Email Address

    6. Phone Number

    7. Are you presenting with others? Y/N [If yes, please list your co-presenters here]

  2. Availability 

    1. Synchronous Online [November 8th, 2023]

    2. In-Person/Synchronous Online [November 9th, 2023]

    3. In-Person [Professional Development November 10th] *Los Angeles

    4. Asynchronous Online/Pre-Recorded [November 8th-10th, 2023]

  3. Proposal Content [Names will be redacted for the peer review]

    1. Proposal Title

    2. Proposal Summary for Conference Program [max. three sentences]

    3. Speaker/Presenter Bios [max. five sentences]

    4. Presentation Overview 

      1. Schedule [schedule for a 60 minute session]

      2. Objectives

      3. Relevance to Conference Theme [max. two paragraphs]

      4. Related Research/Literature/Your Study’s Major Findings

      5. Feedback or Assessment Method [max. one paragraph]

      6. References

      7. Media [Copy of Recorded Presentation/Podcast/Performance]*

    5. Chair/Discussant or Moderator and their Contact Information [Required for in-person or synchronous online sessions]

  4. Proposal/Presentation Attachments

  5. Proposal Format

    1. Paper/s Presentation

    2. Panel 

    3. Workshop 

    4. Podcast [please indicate if in-person or live]

    5. Video/Recorded Presentation 

    6. Film Screening 

    7. Professional Development 

    8. Poster Session 

    9. Other [all other formats are welcome]

  6. MISC

    1. A/V Needs [We will do our best to accommodate your A/V needs]

    2. Do you need any accommodations? 

    3. Volunteer Opportunities


Additional Information


Presenters and participants acknowledge and agree that HHAAE and CSULB will be recording, taking photos, and broadcasting the sessions/events on a public platform. Please attend virtually if you would not like to be recorded or photographed. 


GCHHE welcomes ALL types of presentations or displays of art/music or film for consideration by presenters from all backgrounds and levels of expertise. 


A specific style or format, such as APA, is not required. Sources should be cited and credit provided for media/art in presentations. 


Important Dates:


  • Proposals Due: Sunday, September 10, 2023

  • Proposals Reviewed: Ongoing

  • Early Bird Registration: July 2023

  • Presenters Notified of Acceptance: Ongoing

  • Draft Program Schedule Announced to Presenters: Ongoing & September 4th, 2023

  • Presentation Materials and Updates to Presentation Due: Sunday, September 10th, 2023

  • Volunteer Training: Saturday, October 7th, 2023 & Saturday, November 4th, 2023

  • GCHHE Volunteer/Staff Dinner: Wednesday, November 7th, 2023

  • GCHHE Day One [Live Streamed Online]: Wednesday, November 7th, 2023

  • GCHHE Day Two [In-person/Hybrid - CSULB]: Thursday, November 8th, 2023

  • GCHHE Day Three [Professional Development & BBQ In-person, Asynchronous Sessions/Pre-recorded Sessions]: Friday, November 10th, 2023

  • GCHHE Mixer: Friday, November 10th, 2023

  • Freestyle Session World Final 2023


Please email with any proposed changes after the September 3rd deadline and be sure to include all other presenters in your email as well.


We are encouraging our presenters to upload their papers prior to the conference. HHAAE will email a request in October of 2023. Papers may be included in a special edition of an academic journal if selected (TBA).  


Early-bird registration for the GCHHE will begin in July of 2023. Special discounts are available for group/class registrations, please email for more details. 


Thank you again for your participation in the Global Conference on Hip Hop Education. If you have any questions, or would like to be a vendor or sponsor for this event… or would like to showcase your organization/non-profit or program, please email us at:


We gladly welcome all donations, please access our website to donate. Donations along with conference registration fees are tax deductible. 


Alridge, P. D., Stewart, B. J. (2021). Introduction: Hip hop in history: Past, present, and future.

The Fifth Element is Knowledge, Cognella, San Diego: CA.

Katel, P. (2007). Debating hip-hop. CQ Researcher, 17, 529-552.

Keyes, C. (1991). Rappin to the beat : rap music as street culture among African Americans  / by 

Cheryl Lynette Keyes. Indiana University.

Rose, T. (1994). Black Noise: Rap music and Black culture in contemporary America.

Middletown, CT: Wesleyan University Press.

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