Stuart Hall is one of the inspirations behind our Taking Soundings group – along with many other important contributions, he is one of the founding editors of the journal Soundings. In other posts we have referred to his work in The Kilburn Manifesto. This article tells you more about him.
A new 90 minute documentary film about his life and work is being shown across the England – and Taking Soundings is delighted to be working with the Leeds International Film Festival on a screening in Leeds on 12th November (details below).
This review in Sight and Sound by Ashley Clark explains the complex structure of the film and will inspire you to want to see it (and to listen to the Miles Davis soundtrack).
To get a flavour of Stuart Hall the man, the ‘colonial subject’ who left Jamaica for Britain 12 years before independence, the thinker who felt ‘permanently out of place’, with a lifetime of radical explanations of global and local systems, watch this video of a talk he gave a year ago at the University of the West Indies. It’s a one hour gem. (It ends rather abruptly!)
The Leeds screening of The Stuart Hall Project is on Tuesday 12th November 2013 at 2030 at the Everyman cinema in the Trinity shopping mall in the city centre of Leeds. Taking Soundings is convening a panel discussion for about 40 minutes after the screening. The film’s director, John Akomrah, a long-time collaborator with Stuart Hall, will be joined on the panel by Dr Emily Marshall (Cultural Studies, Leeds Met Uni) and Dr Max Farrar (Emeritus Professor, sociologist, Leeds Met Uni) . Click here for more information and ticket booking.