Today: Bill Schwarz on Stuart Hall’s “Familiar Stranger”


This evening, May 3, 2017, at 5:30pm, Bill Schwarz (Queen Mary University of London), editor of Familiar Stranger: A Life Between Two Islands (Duke University Press, 2017). The lecture will take place at the UCL Institute of the Americas (51 Gordon Square, London).

Description: When Stuart Hall died he left a long unfinished manuscript, much of which took the form of a memoir. This has recently been published as Familiar Stranger: A Life Between Two Islands. It recreates his early emotional life, shaped as it was by his brown middle-class milieu in colonial Kingston. It tells us of his arriving in England in 1951, and of the means by which he recast his life, endeavouring all the while to free himself from the racialized, colonial imperatives which had entered his early life. He sought out a life which was other than that which he was destined to be.

This is a memoir which reflects on the consequences of a life displaced from itself; on politics; and on the redemptive possibilities of thought itself.

Attendance to this event is free and open to the public, but registration is required:


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