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A/Prof Adam Haupt

A/Prof Adam Haupt

Associate 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

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 . 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. Other 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. "Queering Hip-Hop, Queering the City: Dope Saint Jude’s Transformative Politics." M/C Journal 19.4 (2016).
  • 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. “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
  • Counterculture & youth culture/s
  • Intellectual property rights, culture & technology
  • Critiques of corporate globalisation
  • Political economy of the media / social media

Contact details

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