Policing the Crises: Stuart Hall and the Practice of Critique

Stuart Hall policing the crises

Thursday, 24 September  – Saturday, 25 September 2015

Diana Center Event Oval, Barnard College & SUNY Stony Brook, Manhattan Campus

Described by Henry Louis Gates as ‘Black Britain’s leading theorist of Black Britain,’ Stuart Hall was the preeminent post-colonial intellectual of Great Britain from the 1960s until his death in 2014. One of the founders of ‘cultural studies,’ Hall’s influence extended across the intellectual spectrum of the Left, rocking political and academic worlds with his theorizations of race, ethnicity, feminism, nationality, and politics, shaping their discourse for the rest of the twentieth century into the twenty-first. Using Hall’s key essays and books as touchstones, the conference will examine how his ideas can help us to think through some of the most urgent problems of the contemporary moment. With ongoing crises of authority caused by police violence, mass and racialized incarceration across the United States, as well as concerns around economic, environmental, social and religious justice across the world, Hall’s bold and prescient theorizations of neoliberalism and its operations remain intensely relevant.

Conference Program

Thursday, 24 September
Diana Center, Barnard College, 3009 Broadway

5:00 PM – 6:30 PM
Roundtable: Reconstructing the Popular
Chair, E. Ann Kaplan (Stony Brook University)
Susan Willis (Duke University)
Rob King (Columbia University)
Bruce Robbins (Columbia University)
Jane Gaines (Columbia University)

6:30 PM – 7:30 PM


Friday, 25 September
The Humanities Institute at Stony Brook (HISB)
Stony Brook University Manhattan Campus, 387 Park Ave South

8:30 AM – 9:00 AM

9:00 AM – 10:30 AM
Introduction and Keynote
Keynote by David Scott (Columbia University)
Introduced by Tina Campt (Barnard College)

10:30 AM – 10:45 AM

10:45 AM – 12:30 PM
History of the Present: Race, Nation, Empire
Chair, Kathleen Wilson (Stony Brook University)
Antoinette Burton (University of Illinois)
Bill Schwarz (Queen Mary University of London)
Geoff Eley (University of Michigan)

12:30 PM – 2:00 PM

2:00 PM – 3:45 PM
Where is the Black?: Revisiting the Black Popular Culture Conference (1991)
Chair, Jane Gaines (Columbia University)
Kellie Jones (Columbia University)
Racquel Gates (CUNY, Staten Island)
Gina Dent (University of California Santa Cruz)

3:45 – 4:00 PM
Coffee Break

4:00 PM – 5:45 PM
Practice of Critique: Race, Gender, Sexuality
Chair, Tina Campt (Barnard College)
Terri Francis (Indiana University)
Rinaldo Walcott ( University of Toronto)
Jacqueline N. Brown (CUNY, Hunter College)


Saturday, 26 September 
Event Oval, Diana Center, Barnard College, 3009 Broadway

9:00 AM – 9:30 AM

9:30 AM – 11:15 AM
New Media: Encoding, Decoding, Coding
Chair, Rob King (Columbia University)
Henry Jenkins (University of Southern California)
David Morley (Goldsmith’s College, University of London)
Nicholas Mirzoeff (Culture, and Communications, NYU)

11:15 AM – 11:30 AM
Coffee Break

11:30 AM – 1:30 PM
Policing the Crises: Thinking It Forward
Chair, Tina Campt (Barnard College)
Barnor Hesse (Northwestern University)
Ben Carrington (University of Texas, Austin)
Karla Holloway (Duke University)

Venues are accessible to people with mobility disabilities.

This event is free and open to the public. Preregistration is strongly encouraged.
Register here.

Above adapted from emailed announcement.

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