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Policing the Crises: Stuart Hall and the Practice of Critique

General Programming

dateSeptember 24–26, 2015 location The Diana Center, Event Oval, Barnard College
Cosponsors
  • The Humanities Institute at Stony Brook (HISB), Stony Brook University
  • Barnard College
  • Columbia School of the Arts
  • Institute for Research on Women, Gender and Sexuality
  • Institute for Comparative Literature and Society
Notes
  • Image Credit/Caption: IJanet Mendelsohn (1967-69). Property of Cadbury Research Library Special Collections

The Jamaican-born Stuart Hall was the leading post-colonial intellectual of Great Britain from the 1960s until his death in 2014 at 82. He was one of the founders, along with Richard Hoggart, of cultural studies, pioneered in the mid-1960s at the Birmingham Centre for Contemporary Cultural Studies. Hall later moved to the Open University as Professor of Sociology in 1979 where he remained until he retired in 1997. Described by Henry Louis Gates of Harvard University as “Black Britain’s leading theorist of black Britain,” Hall’s influence extended across all intellectuals on the New Left. His theorizations of race, ethnicity, feminism, and nationality as well as his diagnoses of the strategies and discontents generated by “Thatcherism” rocked political and academic worlds, shaping their discourse for the rest of the 20th and into the 21st century. The conference is called “Policing the Crises” after Hall’s seminal work on race relations in Britain and the ways in which his ideas continue to address political as well as academic concerns in our time.

Please note this conference will take place at the following locations:

- Tuesday, Sept 24: Diana Center Event Oval, Barnard College.
- Wednesday, Sept 25: Stony Brook Manhattan Campus (387 Park Avenue South).
- Thursday Sept 26: Diana Center Event Oval, Barnard College.

Registration Details

This event is free and open to the public. Registration is preferred but not required; you can register through Eventbrite here.

Livetweeting

We encourage all attendees to livetweet the event using the hashtag #PolicingTheCrises.

Program

time4:45pm - 5:00pm EDT

Welcome and Introductions

time5:00pm - 6:30pm EDT

Roundtable, "Reconstructing the Popular"
Chair

E. Ann Kaplan

Distinguished Professor of English and Cultural Analysis and Theory

Stony Brook, State University of New York

Rob King

Associate Professor of Film

Columbia University

Bruce Robbins

Old Dominion Foundation Professor in the Humanities

Columbia University

Jane Gaines

Professor of Film

Columbia University

time6:30pm - 7:30pm EDT

Reception

time8:30am - 9:00am EDT

Coffee

time9:00am - 10:30am EDT

Keynote

David Scott

Professor of Anthropology

Columbia University

Introduction

Tina Campt

Professor of Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies

Barnard College

time10:45am - 12:30pm EDT

"History of the Present: Race, Nation, Empire"
Chair

Kathleen Wilson

Professor of History

State University of New York, Stony Brook

Antoinette Burton

Professor of History

University of Illinois

Bill Schwarz

Professor

Queen Mary University of London

Geoff Eley

Karl Pohrt Distinguished University Professor of Contemporary History

University of Michigan

time12:30pm - 2:00pm EDT

Lunch (on your own)

time2:00pm - 3:45pm EDT

"Where is the Black?: Revisiting the Black Popular Culture Conference (1991)"
Chair

Jane Gaines

Professor of Film

Columbia University

Kellie Jones

Associate Professor in Art History and Archaeology

Columbia University

Racquel Gates

Assistant Professor of Media Culture

College of Staten Island, City University of New York

Gina Dent

Associate Professor of Feminist Studies

University of California, Santa Cruz

time3:45pm - 4:00pm EDT

Coffee Break

time4:00pm - 5:45pm EDT

"Practice of the Critique: Race, Gender, Sexuality"
Chair

Tina Campt

Professor of Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies

Barnard College

Terri Francis

Associate Professor of Communication and Culture

Indiana University, Bloomington

Rinaldo Walcott

Director, Women and Gender Studies Institute

The University of Toronto

Jacqueline N. Brown

Associate Professor of Anthropology

Graduate Center, City University of New York

time9:30am - 10:00am EDT

Coffee

time10:00am - 11:45am EDT

New Media: Encoding, Decoding, Coding
Chair

Rob King

Associate Professor of Film

Columbia University

Henry Jenkins

Provost Professor of Communication, Journalism, Cinematic Arts

University of Southern California Annenburg

Nicholas Mirzoeff

Professor of Media, Culture and Communication

New York University

time11:45am - 12:00pm EDT

Coffee

time12:00pm - 2:00pm EDT

Policing the Crises: Thinking it Forward

Tina Campt

Professor of Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies

Barnard College

Barnor Hesse

Associate Professor of African American Studies, Political Science, and Sociology

Northwestern University

Ben Carrington

Associate Professor of Sociologist

University of Texas at Austin

Karla Holloway

James B.Duke Professor of English

Duke University

Participants
  • Jacqueline N. Brown Associate Professor of Anthropology Graduate Center, City University of New York
  • Antoinette Burton Professor of History University of Illinois
  • Tina Campt Professor of Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies Barnard College
  • Ben Carrington Associate Professor of Sociologist University of Texas at Austin
  • Gina Dent Associate Professor of Feminist Studies University of California, Santa Cruz
  • Geoff Eley Karl Pohrt Distinguished University Professor of Contemporary History University of Michigan
  • Terri Francis Associate Professor of Communication and Culture Indiana University, Bloomington
  • Jane Gaines Professor of Film Columbia University
  • Racquel Gates Assistant Professor of Media Culture College of Staten Island, City University of New York
  • Barnor Hesse Associate Professor of African American Studies, Political Science, and Sociology Northwestern University
  • Karla Holloway James B.Duke Professor of English Duke University
  • Henry Jenkins Provost Professor of Communication, Journalism, Cinematic Arts University of Southern California Annenberg
  • Kellie Jones Associate Professor in Art History and Archaeology Columbia University
  • E. Ann Kaplan Distinguished Professor of English and Cultural Analysis and Theory Stony Brook, State University of New York
  • Rob King Associate Professor of Film Columbia University
  • Nicholas Mirzoeff Professor of Media, Culture and Communication New York University
  • Bruce Robbins Old Dominion Foundation Professor in the Humanities Columbia University
  • Bill Schwarz Professor Queen Mary University of London
  • David Scott Professor of Anthropology Columbia University
  • Rinaldo Walcott Director, Women and Gender Studies Institute The University of Toronto
  • Kathleen Wilson Professor of History State University of New York, Stony Brook