Date and Time

23rd July, 5:30pm - 7:00pm



  • Gail Lewis
  • Roderick Ferguson
  • Aasiya Lodhi

Our new Reading the Crisis series asks: what kinds of tools and strategies are needed to address this conjuncture? This online conversation series will seek to advance Stuart Hall’s thinking by analysing a curated selection of three of Hall’s essays in relation to present-day political formations. Each conversation, chaired by Aasiya Lodhi, will form an online teach-in space dedicated to demonstrating how engaging in a conjunctural analysis can enrich artistic practice, deepen organising work, and academic study.

The third event in the online series takes place on Tuesday 23rd July 2024, 5.30pm – 7pm BST, and will feature Gail Lewis and Roderick Ferguson responding to ‘Cultural Identity and Diaspora’ (Hall, 1990).

‘Cultural Identity and Diaspora’ is available to read for free from 2nd July – 30th July here.

This event will take place online.

Live closed captions will be provided.

Reading the Crisis is part of the Stuart Hall Foundation’s Catastrophe and Emergence programme. Learn more about Catastrophe and Emergence here.

In partnership with Duke University Press supported by Esmée Fairbairn Foundation and Barry Amiel and Norman Melburn Trust.


Gail Lewis

Gail has written, but is trying to become a writer; Gail likes to speak, but is still seeking her tonalities; Gail sometimes feels lonely, inept and scared; but Gail is brought into being in and by the company, care and joy of black/women of colour feminisms and queer knowings and livings. 

Roderick Ferguson

Roderick A. Ferguson is the William Robertson Coe Professor of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and American Studies at Yale University. He is the author of One-Dimensional Queer (Polity, 2019), We Demand: The University and Student Protests (University of California, 2017), The Reorder of Things: The University and Its Pedagogies of Minority Difference(University of Minnesota, 2012), and Aberrations in Black: Toward a Queer of Color Critique (University of Minnesota, 2004). He is the co-editor with Grace Hong of the anthology Strange Affinities: The Gender and Sexual Politics of Comparative Racialization (Duke University, 2011). He is also co-editor with Erica Edwards and Jeffrey Ogbar of Keywords of African American Studies (NYU, 2018). He is the 2020 recipient of the Kessler Award from the Center for LGBTQ Studies (CLAGS). 

Aasiya Lodhi

Aasiya Lodhi is a Senior Lecturer in Media at the University of Westminster. She’s a former BBC journalist and radio producer.