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Stuart Hall in the here and now

Wednesday 5 June, Institute of Contemporary Arts

Stuart Hall, Essential Essays Volumes 1 & 2, Duke University Press, 2018-19.

Stuart Hall was a Jamaican-British public intellectual, writer and cultural studies pioneer who was a catalyst for a number of ground-breaking initiatives. These included the journals New Left Review and Soundings, the Birmingham Centre for Contemporary Cultural Studies and the visual arts organisations Autograph ABP and Iniva (the Institute of International Visual Arts)—with the Stuart Hall Library established in his name. Stuart Hall played a leading role in the formation of the award-winning arts building Rivington Place in east London.

The Stuart Hall Foundation (SHF) and the ICA present a discussion celebrating the ongoing relevance of Stuart Hall's work across multiple fields. The event coincides with the release of Essential Essays, a two-volume collection that gathers Stuart Hall's most influential and wide-ranging contributions to the cultural and political debates of our time.

The evening will feature a conversation with scholars and cultural activists whose diverse practices are inspired by different aspects of Stuart Hall's multi-faceted work. The discussion will include Essential Essays editor David Morley, cultural theorist and feminist commentator Angela McRobbie, media artist and academic Roshini Kempadoo, and film studies scholar Clive Nwonka, chaired by SHF Trustee and sound studies scholar Julian Henriques.

The event will be held from 6.30 to 8.00pm on Wednesday 5 June at the ICA. Booking information is forthcoming, and we hope you will hold the date.

Should you feel unable to attend this event for financial reasons or if there is anything we can do to make it easier for you to attend, please get in touch by emailing access@ica.art or calling 020 7930 3647.



Panellist biographies:

Julian Henriques:
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.


Angela McRobbie:
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:
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).


Clive James Nwonka:
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.


Roshini Kempadoo:
As a media artist, photographer and Reader at the University of Westminster, Roshini 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.