Art Review reports: Stuart Hall, 1932–2014 Champion of cultural studies and leading intellectual dies

By ARC Magazine Monday, February 10th, 2014 Categories: Tributes, Updates
 

Stuart Hall, the Jamaican-born British academic and champion of cultural studies, has died, it has been reported. He was a founding editor of New Left Review in 1958 and, at Birmingham University in 1964, the co-creator of the first cultural studies programme.

Stuart Hall (born February 3, 1932 in Kingston, Jamaica) works as a cultural theorist and sociologist in the United Kingdom. He has contributed to key works on culture and media studies, as well as to political debate. In 1968 Hall became director of the unit at Birmingham University. He wrote a number of influential articles in the years that followed, including: Situating Marx: Evaluations and Departures (1972), Encoding and Decoding in the Television Discourse (1973). He also contributed to the book Policing the Crisis (1978).After his appointment as a professor of sociology at the Open University in 1979, Hall published further influential books, including: The Hard Road to Renewal (1988), Resistance Through Rituals (1989), Formations of Modernity (1992), Questions of Cultural Identity (1996) and Cultural Representations and Signifying Practices (1997). He retired from the Open University in 1997. Image by Antonio Olmos.

Portrait of Stuart Hall by Antonio Olmos.

His writing discussed hegemony and language-use as operating within a framework of power, institutions and politics/economics. For Hall, culture was a ‘critical site of social action and intervention, where power relations are both established and potentially unsettled’. In 2013 Hall was the subject of John Akomfrah’s critically lauded documentary The Stuart Hall Project.

See original report on Art Review.

Biography:

Stuart Hall (born February 3, 1932 in Kingston, Jamaica) works as a cultural theorist and sociologist in the United Kingdom. He has contributed to key works on culture and media studies, as well as to political debate. In 1968 Hall became director of the unit at Birmingham University. He wrote a number of influential articles in the years that followed, including: Situating Marx: Evaluations and Departures (1972), Encoding and Decoding in the Television Discourse (1973). He also contributed to the book Policing the Crisis (1978).

After his appointment as a professor of sociology at the Open University in 1979, Hall published further influential books, including: The Hard Road to Renewal (1988), Resistance Through Rituals (1989), Formations of Modernity (1992), Questions of Cultural Identity (1996) and Cultural Representations and Signifying Practices (1997). He retired from the Open University in 1997.

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