Stuart Hall’s Archive: A One-Day Symposium

Welcome to the web page for the one-day symposium “Stuart Hall’s Archive”, running at the University of Birmingham and Birmingham’s Ikon Gallery on 2 July 2019. Details of the event and links to book tickets are below.


Stuart Hall (1932–2014), a foundational figure in the British New Left, was a Jamaican-born British intellectual and political activist. He is famous for his tenure as Director of the University of Birmingham’s Centre for Contemporary Cultural Studies, where he pioneered new approaches to studying the interweaving threads of culture, politics, race, and ethnicity.

Hall’s archive has recently arrived at the University of Birmingham’s Cadbury Research Library. This one-day symposium on 2 July 2019 will mark this arrival, bringing Hall scholars together  for a conversation on the significance of the archive for future study of Hall’s work, and the possibilities of using Hall’s archive to tackle our current political crises.


Day programme (at the University of Birmingham, LR7 Arts Building)

10:45: Arrival

11am: Welcome

11:10: Panel one–working with Hall’s archive: Helen Fisher, Catherine Hall,  Nick Beech.

12:00: Lunch

1pm: Panel two–television and the media: James Procter, Anamik Saha, Charlotte Brunsdon

2.30: Coffee/tea break

2.45: Panel three–policing and politics: Tony Jefferson, Chas Critcher, Kennetta Hammond Perry

4.15: Open discussion, led by Gavin Schaffer

5pm: Closing talk from Becky Hall

5:30: Finish.


Evening event (at the Ikon Gallery)

Screening of Stuart Hall’s Open University documentary Mugging: A Case Study in Communication (1974), introduced by Kieran Connell (Queens University Belfast) and followed by a discussion between Nick Beech (New York University), Donalea Scott (New York University), and Tony Jefferson.

The evening event runs from 7pm to 8:30pm.


Booking your place

Please follow this link to book your place at the day-time symposium. We have a limited number of free places at the symposium available for those on low incomes. Lunch is provided.

Bookings for the evening film screening and discussion at the Ikon Gallery are available here.

Please check back here, or follow @rob__waters on Twitter, for updates.

These events are supported by the Birmingham Research Institute for History and Cultures, the Centre for Contemporary Literature and Culture, the Centre for Digital Cultures, the Centre for Modern and Contemporary History, the School of English, Drama and American and Canadian Studies, and New York University.

The conference organisers are Nick Beech, Michell Chresfield, Helen Fisher, Matthew Hilton,  Alex Mormorris, Sadiah Qureshi, Asha Rogers, Bill Schwarz and Rob Waters.


Those attending this symposium on Stuart Hall might also wish to attend the Modern British Studies biannual conference ‘British Studies Beyond Borders‘, which begins the following day (3-5 July 2019).




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