“Start ‘from that full insertion in the present – in its struggles, its challenges, its dangers – to interrogate the past and to search within it for the genealogy of the present situation’. And from that starting point, begin to construct a possible alternative scenario, an alternative conception of ‘modernity’, an alternative future.”

Stuart Hall, ‘Thatcherism and the Crisis of the Left’ (1988) quoting E. Laclau and C. Mouffe, ‘Post-Marxism without Apologies’ (1987)

Catastrophes signal a crisis of survival, knowledge, and power. They simultaneously herald destruction and renewal, political closures and openings, the demise of old ways of knowing and the emergence of new ways to relate to our ever-changing world.

The Stuart Hall Foundation’s first full-length annual programme, Catastrophe and Emergence, draws from these ideas to invite artists, academics and organisers to examine this conjuncture, trace the histories constituting it, and consider the political and creative possibilities that might emerge from what was.

There is no shortage of prescient political questions to consider in 2024. Programme contributors have expressed a desire to think through a handful of those questions: what might it mean for British party politics if Labour win the next general election, breaking fourteen years of Conservative rule, without mass support? How can we make sense of the contradictions between mainstream mediations of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and Israel’s totalising destruction of the besieged Gaza Strip? What can the current political landscape tell us about the linkages between domestic and foreign affairs more broadly, about how the boundaries separating identities, histories, political realities and imaginaries are constructed and enforced? How are creative practitioners responding to this moment? Can the groundswell of political struggles against the privatisation of public infrastructure, increased police powers, gender discrimination, imperialism and climate change coalesce to articulate a project for societal renewal? Where will the right claim discursive victories in the development of a new common sense?

The Stuart Hall Foundation is dedicating the 2024 programme to nurturing a variety of online and in-person spaces for confronting the present, sharing insights through free and open dialogue, and honing the discursive tools to imagine and articulate alternatives together.

7th Annual Stuart Hall Public Conversation with Isaac Julien

Saturday 23rd March 2024, 2pm – 5pm GMT
Conway Hall, London & Online

The Stuart Hall Foundation is delighted to welcome acclaimed filmmaker and installation artist Isaac Julien for our 7th Annual Stuart Hall Public Conversation at Conway Hall, London, on Saturday 23rd March. He will respond to the theme of our 2024 programme, Catastrophe and Emergence.

Full details of the event will be announced in the coming weeks. Tickets for the event are on sale now.

In partnership with Conway Hall supported by Esmée Fairbairn Foundation and Cockayne Grants for the Arts, a donor-advised fund held at the London Community Foundation

Reading the Crisis

May – July 2024

The Reading the Crisis series asks: what kinds of tools and strategies are needed to confront this conjuncture? The series will seek to advance Stuart Hall’s thinking by analysing a curated selection of three essays in relation to present-day political formations.

Ilan Pappé & Priyamvada Gopal
Tuesday 7th May, 5.30pm – 7pm BST
‘The West and the Rest: Discourse and Power’ (1992)

Aditya Chakrabortty & Moya Lothian-McLean
Monday 24th June, 5.30pm – 7pm BST
‘The Neoliberal Revolution’ (2011)

Gail Lewis & Roderick Ferguson
Tuesday 23rd July, 5.30pm – 7pm BST
‘Cultural Identity and Diaspora’ (1990)

The conversations will be chaired by Senior Lecturer and former BBC Radio Senior Producer, Aasiya Lodhi. Each conversation 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. 

In partnership with Duke University Press supported by Esmée Fairbairn Foundation

Stuart Hall in Translation

April – Autumn 2024

Stuart Hall in Translation considers the ways in which ideas move between borders, languages, and political and historical contexts. Co-author of Familiar Stranger, Bill Schwarz will engage in a discussion with Liv Sovik about the nuances of translating Familiar Stranger and Stuart Hall’s ideas into Brazilian Portuguese.

Following on from this, translators have been invited to write about their experiences translating Hall’s works into contexts he may have not directly considered or discussed. These writings will be published on the Stuart Hall Foundation website later this year.

In partnership with Cultural Studies Journal supported by Taylor & Francis Group and Esmée Fairbairn Foundation

Autumn Keynote with Robin D. G. Kelley

Autumn 2024
Conway Hall, London & Online

The Stuart Hall Foundation is thrilled to welcome internationally renowned thinker and activist Robin D. G. Kelley to our third Autumn Keynote at Conway Hall, London, later this year.

Closing out this season of programming, Robin will deliver an address responding to and reflecting on themes and ideas pertaining to Catastrophe and Emergence, followed by an in-depth discussion and audience Q&A.

In partnership with Conway Hall supported by Esmée Fairbairn Foundation and Cockayne Grants for the Arts, a donor-advised fund held at the London Community Foundation


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