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The Power of Hip Hop: EXCHANGE

Friday 8 July
From £36.00
to £45.00
All orders will be subject to a fee of £1.50 except if your tickets are free or if you are a member


A multi-disciplinary seminar that considers hip hop’s role in revolutionary social, political and economical movements across the world.


‘Fight between my conscience and the skin that’s on my body / Man I need to fight the power but I need that new Ferrari’ Vince Staple, Lift Me Up

The Power of Hip Hop: EXCHANGE is a unique academic seminar that explores the role, challenges and potential of hip hop culture in facilitating positive social change in global contexts, and its role as a site of resistance and identity.

Featuring a programme of academic panels, keynote papers, artist performances and practitioner presentations, this event harnesses In Place of War’s vast international network of grassroots artists and blends it with a rich selection of researchers exploring issues including but not limited to hip-hop and gender, race, religion, commerce, and conflict.

The Power of Hip Hop: EXCHANGE  is part of In Place of War’s event series Culture. Conflict. Change. taking place at Rich Mix throughout 2016.


A day full of rich discussion, unique encounters, thought-provoking papers and academic-artist exchange.

Lunch, refreshments and delegate packs provided. 


Professor Martha Diaz / Keynote Speaker

Professor Martha Diaz is a community organizer, educator, media producer, archivist and social entrepreneur. She has been dedicated to advancing social justice, cultivating leaders and artists, and mentoring youth for over 15 years. In 2008 she founded the Hip-Hop Education Center for Research, Evaluation and Training.

Doctor Jason Nichols / Keynote Speaker

Doctor Jason Nichols is a lecturer in African American studies at The University of Maryland. His interests include Black masculinities, hip-hop music and dance. He is the Editor-in-Chief of The Global Journal of Hip-Hop Culture, a rap artist under the moniker Haysoos, and part of internationally-acclaimed group, Wade Waters.

In Place of War

In Place of War is a multi-award winning organisation based within The University of Manchester that empowers, mobilises and connects artists and creative communities in sites of war, post-conflict and humanitarian disaster. Our work spans research, production, alternative education programmes, digital networks and cultural spaces.

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Index on Censorship

Index on Censorship was founded in 1972 to publish the untold stories of dissidents behind the Iron Curtain. From writers in Azerbaijan to comedians in Zimbabwe, they continue to promote freedom of expression and to amplify and support censored voices internationally. 

Funded by the Arts & Humanities Research Council, and supported by Index on Censorship.


'We urgently need to bring practitioners, activists and researchers together to better understand and channel the power of hip hop. This forum is a perfect opportunity to do just that.' Dr Eithne Quinn, part of The Power of Hip Hop Steering Group Committee and Senior Lecturer in American Studies at The University of Manchester

'Art is not just entertainment, it's a vital prescription for self determination and self-expression. It's a forum for protest. It can even be the poisoned quill with which a dictator is toppled. All too often at Index on Censorship, we find ourselves working with artists and people who have been robbed of these freedoms. And when that happens, when democracy is blunted, it's all of us who suffer. Index is proud to work with excellent partners like In Place of War, so that we can together amplify those voices who keep the dream of democracy alive.' David Heinemann, Head of Events at Index on Censorship


'Rich Mix is somewhere that supports incredible art, celebrates the diversity of the world around us and encourages people to explore new thinking through a rich, accessible and varied programme. These are all things that are important to In Place of War, and we’re thrilled to be working with this venue.'


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Tickets to the following day of hip hop performances on Sat 9 July can be purchased here.

Suitable for all ages

Lunch will be provided. Please inform the box office if you have any allergies or dietary requirements.

This event is wheelchair accessible.

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