Stuart Hall, photographed by Dharmachari Mahasiddhi.
The Stuart Hall Foundation and the ICA present a discussion celebrating the work of Jamaican-British academic, writer and political activist Stuart Hall (1932–2014). Hall played a pioneering role in the nascent field of cultural studies, particularly in its expansion to encompass concerns around race and gender. He founded the journal New Left Review
in the 1950s and was a leading figure in the Birmingham Centre for Contemporary Cultural Studies, as well as the visual arts organisations Autograph ABP and Iniva (the Institute of International Visual Arts). The event coincides with the release of Essential Essays
, a two-volume collection of Hall’s most foundational works, demonstrating his contributions to the defining cultural and political debates of our time.
Chaired by Stuart Hall Foundation Trustee and sound studies scholar Julian Henriques, the discussion features Essential Essays editor David Morley, cultural theorist and feminist commentator Angela McRobbie, media artist and academic Roshini Kempadoo, and film studies scholar Clive Nwonka, each of whom has been influenced by different aspects of Hall’s multi-faceted work.
Julian Henriques is a film writer-director, sound artist and Professor in the Department of Media and Communications, Goldsmiths, University of London. Stuart was a close friend of the Henriques family over many years.
As a media artist, photographer and Reader at the University of Westminster, Roshini Kempadoo creates artworks that interpret and re-imagine contemporary and historical experiences of the particular and everyday. She evokes women’s stories and perspectives, through fictional writings, photographs, recordings, music, interactivity and networked environments. Roshini evokes situated perspectives to represent issues that are less visible, underrepresented or unsaid.
Angela McRobbie is Professor of Communications at Goldsmiths University of London and fellow of the British Academy. Her most recent books are The Aftermath of Feminism (SAGE Publications, 2008), Be Creative: Making a Living in the New Culture Industries (Polity, 2016) and Feminism and the Politics of Resilience (forthcoming, 2020).
David Morley is Professor of Communications, Goldsmiths, University of London, and co-editor of both Stuart Hall: Conversations, Projects, and Legacies (Goldsmiths Press, 2018) and Stuart Hall: Critical Dialogues in Cultural Studies (Routledge, 1997).
Dr Clive James Nwonka is an LSE Fellow in Film Studies in the Department of Sociology. His work explores issues of realism, race, class, architecture and representation in British and American cinema, and diversity policy in the British film and TV industries. Nwonka convenes the course White Screens/Black Images: The Sociology of Black Cinema on the MSc Culture and Society. His book The Aesthetics of British Urban Cinema is to be published by Bloomsbury Academic in 2020.
Inspired by the life and work of Professor Stuart Hall, the Stuart Hall Foundation seeks to support new generations of creative thinkers and provoke original thinking, debate and research. The Foundation’s activities in the UK and abroad include Stuart Hall Foundation Scholarships and Fellowships, the Stuart Hall Library Artist’s Residency, artist commissions and a public programme of events that intervenes in larger conversations on national identity, cultural heritage and race.