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.
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.