“How can we organise these huge, randomly varied, and diverse things we call human subjects into positions where they can recognise one another for long enough to act together, and thus to take up a position that one of these days might live out and act through as an identity? Identity is at the end, not the beginning, of the paradigm. Identity is what is at stake in political organisation. It isn’t that subjects are there and we just can’t get to them. It is that they don’t know yet that they are subjects of a possible discourse. And that always in every political struggle, since every political struggle is always open, is possible either to win their identification or lose it.”
– ‘Subjects in History: Making Diasporic Identities’ (1998) from ‘Selected Writings on Race and Difference’ published by Duke University Press, 2021
Join us online on 3rd February as we welcome artists, writers and cultural activists to reflect on the role of solidarity in building sustained political movements for our 5th Annual Stuart Hall Public Conversation.
Chaired by Gary Younge, the event will focus on the relationship between political organising and alliance-building between different groups of people. Together we will explore ways to build and sustain collective struggles for a better world.
A year on from the global political protests for racial equality, and through a period marked by growing inequality, intolerance and authoritarianism in Britain and across the globe, we’re asking:
Is there a discourse capable of speaking to a wide range of people from different backgrounds? What social, cultural, political, and economic differences can coalitions transcend? How can difference be expressed within a collective whilst maintaining cohesion? How can we move from forming coalitions/alliances towards a more unified and transformative politics fit for our times?
Our Public Conversation event has been our yearly moment to pause and reflect, inviting an audience to engage with the work of artists and thinkers on a chosen theme that responds to recent political, cultural and social changes. Previous years have pursued themes through multiple lenses, providing a chance for questions and discussion, and punctuated with interventions by poets, artists and musicians that open up a different space for thinking.
The event takes place online again this year, and will include:
- A performance from poet Raymond Antrobus.
- A discussion exploring the historical context of alliance building in the UK and beyond, with Farzana Khan and Pragna Patel.
- Short reflections on moments of solidarity, delivered by Liz Fekete, Sado Jirde, Fatima Rajina, and Joshua Virasami.
For more information about the speakers, see below.