Conversations, Projects and Legacies
322 pp., 7 x 9 in, 36 b&w illus.
- Published: December 8, 2017
A contemporary look at one of the founding figures in the field of cultural studies.
This volume from Goldsmiths Press examines the career of the cultural studies pioneer Stuart Hall, investigating his influence and revealing lesser-known facets of his work. These essays evaluate the legacies of his particular brand of cultural studies and demonstrate how other scholars and activists have utilized his thinking in their own research. Throughout, Hall's colleagues and collaborators assess his theoretical and methodological standpoints, his commitment to the development of a flexible form of revisionist Marxism, and the contributions of his specific mode of analysis to public debates on Thatcherism, neoliberalism, and multiculturalism. In her contribution, Angela Davis argues that the model of politics, ideology, and race initially developed by Hall and his colleagues in England continues to resonate when applied to America's racialized policing. Other essays focus on Hall's contributions to contemporary political debate and questions of race, ethnicity, identity, migrancy, and diaspora, and discuss Hall's continuing involvement in issues of representation and aesthetics in the visual arts, particularly photography and film.
With contributions from Britain, Europe, East Asia, and North and Latin America, the book provides a comprehensive look at how, under Hall's intellectual leadership, British cultural studies transformed itself from a form of “local” knowledge to the international field of study we know today.
John Akomfrah, Avtar Brah, Charlotte Brunsdon, Iain Chambers, Kuan-Hsing Chen, John Clarke, James Curran, Angela Davis, David Edgar, Lawrence Grossberg, Catherine Hall, Dick Hebdige, Tony Jefferson, Robert Lumley, Mahasiddhi (Roy Peters), Doreen Massey, Angela McRobbie, Caspar Melville, Frank Mort, Michael Rustin, Bill Schwarz, Mark Sealy, Liv Sovik, Lola Young
Much has been written about the legacy of Stuart Hall since his death in 2014, signalling his enormous influence on cultural studies scholars and students around the world. This collection is a unique contribution to this growing body of work. Written by a cast of those who have worked most closely with Hall, both since the early days of the 'Birmingham centre' and in more recent times, these essays are by turns trenchant and intimate, both a moving tribute to one of the greatest British critical intellectuals of the twentieth century and an excellent introduction to the depth and breadth of his engagement with contemporary culture and politics.
Ien Ang, Distinguished Professor of Cultural Studies, Western Sydney University
What a splendid and diverse ensemble of essays on Stuart Hall's thought! The range is as rich as Hall's own, and brings his work on conjuncture, policing, race, identity, state power, crisis, culture and above all, the requirements for an effective Left, into our difficult present.
Wendy Brown, Professor of Political Science, University of California, Berkeley
This beautifully curated book expresses a longing to continue a whole series of 'unfinished conversations' with and about Stuart Hall following his untimely death in 2014. The tributes, reflections, essays and photographs by his many colleagues and collaborators attest to the enduring influence of Hall's insistence that the study of culture matters politically. I cannot think of another public intellectual whose scholarship and political engagement has moved so many academics, filmmakers, artists and activists to experiment with radical new ways of working.
Jackie Stacey, Professor of Media and Cultural Studies, University of Manchester
This posthumous Festschrift underscores how Hall's work will continue to inspire new conversations, debates and lines of enquiry into the future.
LSE Review of Books