Policing the Crises: Stuart Hall and the Practice of Critique

Thursday, September 24, 2015 - Saturday, September 26, 2015  9:00am Diana Center, Event Oval, Barnard College and SUNY, Stony Brook, Manhattan Campus


Image by Janet Mendelsohn (1967-69). Property of Cadbury Research Library Special Collections

The Jamaican-born Stuart Hall was the leading post-colonial intellectual of Great Britain from the 1960s until his death in 2014 at 82. He was one of the founders, along with Richard Hoggart, of cultural studies, pioneered in the mid-1960s at the Birmingham Centre for Contemporary Cultural Studies. Hall later moved to the Open University as Professor of Sociology in 1979 where he remained until he retired in 1997. Described by Henry Louis Gates of Harvard University as “Black Britain’s leading theorist of black Britain,” Hall’s influence extended across all intellectuals on the New Left. His theorizations of race, ethnicity, feminism, and nationality as well as his diagnoses of the strategies and discontents generated by “Thatcherism” rocked political and academic worlds, shaping their discourse for the rest of the 20th and into the 21st century. The conference is called “Policing the Crises” after Hall’s seminal work on race relations in Britain and the ways in which his ideas continue to address political as well as academic concerns in our time.

Please note this conference will take place at the following locations:

- Tuesday, Sept 24: Diana Center Event Oval, Barnard College. Map here.
- Wednesday, Sept 25: Stony Brook Manhattan Campus (387 Park Avenue South). Directions here.
- Thursday Sept 26: Diana Center Event Oval, Barnard College.

Registration Details

This event is free and open to the public. Registration is preferred but not required; you can register through Eventbrite here.


We encourage all attendees to livetweet the event using the hashtag #PolicingTheCrises.


Barnard College will be webcasting the Thursday conference proceedings live here. Please check back here for details on webcasts for Friday and Saturday.


  • Jacqueline N. Brown

    Associate Professor of Anthropology

    Graduate Center, City University of New York

  • Antoinette Burton

    Professor of History

    University of Illinois

  • Tina Campt

    Professor of Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies

    Barnard College

  • Ben Carrington

    Associate Professor of Sociologist

    University of Texas at Austin

  • Gina Dent

    Associate Professor of Feminist Studies

    University of California, Santa Cruz

  • Geoff Eley

    Karl Pohrt Distinguished University Professor of Contemporary History

    University of Michigan

  • Terri Francis

    Associate Professor of Communication and Culture

    Indiana University, Bloomington

  • Jane Gaines

    Professor of Film

    Columbia University

  • Racquel Gates

    Assistant Professor of Media Culture

    College of Staten Island, City University of New York

  • Barnor Hesse

    Associate Professor of African American Studies, Political Science, and Sociology

    Northwestern University

  • Karla Holloway

    James B.Duke Professor of English

    Duke University

  • Henry Jenkins

    Provost Professor of Communication, Journalism, Cinematic Arts

    University of Southern California Annenburg

  • Kellie Jones

    Associate Professor in Art History and Archaeology

    Columbia University

  • E. Ann Kaplan

    Distinguished Professor of English and Cultural Analysis and Theory

    Stony Brook, State University of New York

  • Rob King

    Associate Professor of Film

    Columbia University

  • Nicholas Mirzoeff

    Professor of Media, Culture and Communication

    New York University

  • Bruce Robbins

    Old Dominion Foundation Professor in the Humanities

    Columbia University

  • Bill Schwarz


    Queen Mary University of London

  • David Scott

    Professor of Anthropology

    Columbia University

  • Rinaldo Walcott

    Director, Women and Gender Studies Institute

    The University of Toronto

  • Kathleen Wilson

    Professor of History

    State University of New York, Stony Brook


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