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Prof Adam Haupt

Professor of Media Studies

Prof Adam Haupt is the author of Static: Race and Representation in Post-Apartheid Music, Media and Film (HSRC Press, 2012) and Stealing Empire: P2P, Intellectual Property and Hip-Hop Subversion (HSRC Press, 2008), which are available under open content licenses at  Haupt is co-editor of the forthcoming Kaapse Styles: Hip-Hop Art and Activism in Cape Town, South Africa with Quentin Williams (UWC), Emile Jansen (Heal the Hood) and H. Samy Alim (Stanford University) and is co-producing an EP for this book with hip-hop artist Bradley Lodewyk (aka b-boy King Voue).

Prof. Haupt runs a youth culture project named Staticphlow. It aims to bridge the gap between scholars, artists and activists who are working on aspects of youth culture, and he welcomes submissions to this project (for videos of the project’s public lectures, features and panel discussions, see Kaapse Styles draws on a great deal of work that has been generated by this project. He occasionally writes for Mail & Guardian, ThoughtLeader, The Guardian UK, Africa is a Country and City Press.

Haupt has taught in the English Department at the University of the Western Cape as well as in the English and Drama departments at the University of Stellenbosch. Past life experiences: Cape Technikon; freelanced for the Mail and Guardian, SL and Y magazines; e-commerce ventures; dabbled in television and video production; and experimented in music and spoken word / poetry performance.

Publications of interest:

  • Haupt, A. Static: Race & Representation in Post-Apartheid Music, Media & Film. HSRC Press: Cape Town, 2012.
  • Haupt, A. Stealing Empire: P2P, Intellectual Property and Hip-Hop Subversion. HSRC Press: Cape Town, 2008.
  • Haupt, A. “‘True to the Game’: Straight Outta Compton's Affirmation of White Supremacist Capitalist Patriarchy.” Black Camera 8.2 (2017): 208–225.
  • Haupt, A. “Mix En Meng It Op: Emile YX?'s Alternative Race and Language Politics in South African Hip-Hop”. M/C Journal 20.1 (March 2017).
  • Alim, H. Samy & Adam Haupt. “Reviving Soul(s): Hip Hop as Culturally Sustaining Pedagogy in the U.S. & South Africa”. Culturally Sustaining Pedagogies: Teaching and Learning for Educational Justice (Django Paris and H. Samy Alim, eds.). Teachers College Press, Columbia University: New York, 2017.
  • Haupt, A. "Queering Hip-Hop, Queering the City: Dope Saint Jude’s Transformative Politics." M/C Journal 19.4 (2016).
  • Haupt, A. “Framing Gender, Race, and Hip-Hop in Boyz N the Hood, Do the Right Thing, and Slam”. Cambridge Companion to Hip-Hop. (Justin Williams, ed.). Cambridge University Press: Cambridge, 2015.
  • Haupt, A. “Interrogating Piracy: Race, Colonialism and Ownership”. Postcolonial Piracy: Media Distribution and Cultural Production in the Global South. Bloomsbury: London, 2014.
  • Haupt, A. “Parody, Politics and Democracy in South Africa”. State of the Nation: South Africa 1994-2014. HSRC Press: Cape Town, 2014.
  • Haupt, A. “Citizenship without representation? Blackface, misogyny and parody in Die Antwoord, Lupé Fiasco and Angel Haze”. Communicatio: South African Journal for Communication Theory and Research 39:4 (2013): 466-482.
  • Haupt, A. (2012) “Is Die Antwoord Blackface?” Safundi: The Journal of South African and American Studies 13.3-4 (2012): 417-423.

Research interests:

  • Critical race theory & gender politics
  • Hip-hop studies
  • Film studies
  • Counterculture & youth culture/s
  • Intellectual property rights, culture & technology
  • Critiques of corporate globalisation
  • Political economy of the media / social media

Contact details

(021) 650 5262