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Thursday, February 28, 2013

Upcoming Talk: Critical Hip-Hop Ill-Literacies, U Ottawa

Excellence in Education Lecture Series

Wednesday, March 6, 2013, 6:30 p.m.

Critical Hip-Hop Ill-Literacies: Remixing Culture, Language, and the
Politics of
Boundaries in Education

By Awad Ibrahim, PhD

It is high time we re-thought our notion of literacy! At a time when
education is
becoming highly standardized and test-oriented, and language is becoming
and prescriptively grammatical, I argue that the hip hop generation is
"grammaticalizing" both language and culture. They are flipping the script
standardizing their own language, where ill and sick become "sensational" and
"skillful" and where "Damn, that cat is ill!" means "That poet is incredibly
skilled." I argue that if a language teacher does not know this, he or she
needs to
become literate—not the other way around. Using DJ-ing as a metaphor and
as an analytic vehicle, I attempt to rethink the concept of literacy through
"ill-literacy" and the boundaries of education through hip hop culture and
Welcome to the poetics of critical hip hop ill-literacies!

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