Happy birthday, Stuart Hall (In memoriam)


Many thanks to Annie Paul for reminding us that it is Stuart Hall’s birthday. We join her in remembering Jamaican intellectual Stuart McPhail Hall (1932-2014) on what would have been his 87th birthday. Alas, on February 10, we will remember his passing. Here is a short biography from the Stuart Hall Foundation.

Stuart Hall was a Jamaican-British academic, writer and cultural studies pioneer, who was born in Kingston, Jamaica in 1932, and died in London, aged 82 in February 2014.

Stuart Hall was a Rhodes Scholar at Merton College, Oxford, Director of the Birmingham Centre for Contemporary Cultural Studies and Professor of Sociology at the Open University. He presented a number of television programmes including the BBC series Redemption Songs and many broadcasts for the Open University.

He was the President of the British Sociological Association and a member of the Runnymede Commission on the Future of Multi-Ethnic Britain. He also chaired the arts organisations Iniva and Autograph ABP.

Stuart Hall was the first editor of New Left Review, a founding editor of the journal Soundings and author of many articles and books on politics and culture including Policing the Crisis and ‘The Great Moving Right Show’ (for Marxism Today), in which he famously coined the term ‘Thatcherism’.

A memoir by Stuart Hall Familiar Stranger: A Life between Two Islands (Allen Lane/ Duke University Press and Penguin), and a collection of Stuart Hall’s political essays Selected Political Writings. The Great Moving Right Show and other essays (Lawrence and Wishart) were published in 2017.

See more at the Stuart Hall Foundation: http://stuarthallfoundation.org/professor-stuart-hall-2/biography/

One thought on “Happy birthday, Stuart Hall (In memoriam)

  1. As a Caribbean Black man, Stuart Hall’s work and life embodies intellectual clarity, brilliant insight, and tireless dedication to communicate understanding of the dynamic processes of human culture. Never one to settle for mere academic performance -ritual, nor the popular “fan- dancing” of trendy explanations, Brother Hall could be counted on for work that provided full -frontal exposure of the forms and variety of multicultural human adaption in the modern survival of Caribbean colonials,; as well as for their European Colonizers… I count myself fortunate to have been present once, at a public”Conversation” Stuart Hall and George Lamming had , at the ICS in London, Stuart showed deference and respect for Mr. Lamming and his work, wittily noting their shared ,voluntary “pleasures of exile”in England .

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