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The Memorial for Professor Stuart Hall

A memorial event for Professor Stuart Hall took place on Saturday, November 29th, 2014 at the Friends Meeting House in London.

Stuart’s family, friends and co-workers led the tributes. They included the philosopher Charles Taylor, one of the original editors with Stuart of the Universities and Left Review, David Scott the Jamaican anthropologist and editor of the Caribbean journal Small Axe, the visual artist Isaac Julien and the filmmaker John Akomfrah. Together with the former Marxism Today editor Martin Jacques, feminist writer Bea Campbell, African-American activist Angela Davis and others, they spoke about Stuart’s life, politics and thought, and the influence he has had over several generations.

Goldsmiths, University of London also hosted a week-long programme of events which celebrated Stuart’s life and work and concluded on Friday 28th November 2014 with the renaming of the New Academic Building, which became the Professor Stuart Hall Building in his honour.

The video of Professor Stuart Hall's Memorial
Memorial Programme

2.00 – 6.30pm
The Light
Friends House
London NW1 2BJ

I waited for you, Miles Davis

Jess Hall

Margaret and Michael Rustin
Introductory words

Extracts from Redemption Song (1991)

David Scott

Chuck Taylor
Oxford and the New Left

John Akomfrah and Smoking Dogs
The Partisan – a tribute to Stuart Hall (2014)

Lidia Curti
The early years of the Birmingham Centre for Contemporary Cultural Studies

Martin Jacques
‘Thatcherism’ and Marxism Today

Greg McLennan
The Centre and the Open University

Becky Hall

Open Session

‘Un bel di vedremo’ (from Madame Butterfly), Mirella Freni, Wiener Philharmoniker & Herbert von Karajan

Tea / Coffee Break

Sids Ahead, Miles Davis

Beatrix Campbell
Feminism and Neoliberalism

David A. Bailey
Black Representation

Sally Alexander
A reading from The Tempest

Isaac Julien and Mark Nash
Extracts from Signal to Noise (1994),
Looking for Langston (1989),
Black and white in colour (1992),
The Attendant (1993),
Frantz Fanon, Black skin, white mask (1996),
Playtime (2013)

Angela Davis

Many Rivers to Cross, Jimmy Cliff

Gilane Tawadros
Stuart Hall Foundation

Catherine Hall

We will join in singing Jerusalem by William Blake. Piano, Bob Meikle

Autograph ABP and the Institute of International Visual Arts cordially invite you to a reception to see the Autograph ABP’s Black Chronicles II exhibition, dedicated to the memory of Stuart. This is also an opportunity to visit the Institute of International Visual Arts’ Stuart Hall Library named in honour of Stuart.

7.30 – 9.30pm
Rivington Place


Margaret Rustin is Stuart’s sister-in-law and a child psychotherapist.

Michael Rustin is a sociologist and first met Stuart at the Universities and Left Review Club in 1957. Since then he has worked with him on many political projects, including editing Soundings.

David Scott teaches anthropology at Columbia University and edits Small Axe. He first met Stuart in Jamaica in the late 1990s and that started them off on a conversation about just about everything.

Chuck Taylor is a philosopher. He was one of the four founders of Universities and Left Review. He and Stuart were active before 1956 in campaigns against nuclear warfare. Suez and Hungary propelled them into a new initiative of rethinking socialism.

Lidia Curti has taught cultural studies for many years at the Orientale. She came from Naples to the Birmingham Cultural Studies Centre in 1965, bringing Gramsci with her.

Martin Jacques is a journalist and writer. He edited Marxism Today. In January 1979 Stuart contributed an article called ‘The Great Moving Right Show’, which proved prophetic and changed the way we thought about Britain.

John Akomfrah, Lina Gopaul and David Lawson produced The Unfinished Conversation (2012) and The Stuart Hall Project (2013). These marked the culmination of a collaboration which began with Handsworth Songs in 1985.

Gregor McLennan teaches sociology at Bristol. He was a student of Stuart’s at the Birmingham Cultural Studies Centre and then through the 1980s was a colleague at the Open University.

Beatrix Campbell is a writer and journalist, who publishes on contemporary politics and feminism.

David A. Bailey is a curator. He met Stuart at Goldsmiths in the 1980s, when they began a conversation about the black visual arts.

Sally Alexander first met Stuart when he was working at the Women’s Liberation creche at Ruskin College in Oxford in 1970.

Isaac Julien and Mark Nash have worked on film projects with Stuart for many years.

Gilane Tawadros works in the visual arts. She was the founding director of the Institute of International Visual Arts, which Stuart chaired for over a decade from its foundation.

Angela Davis is an activist, writer and scholar. She writes: ‘the emergent field of critical prison studies is inconceivable without the constitutive influence of Stuart Hall. I first met him at the 1991 Black Popular Culture Conference and have had the privilege of conversing with him, teaching his work, and being continually inspired by him in my own activism.’

Jess, Becky and Catherine Hall will also speak.