[Blackstudies-l] CfP (Conference): Wrestling with the Angels: Exploring Stuart Hall’s Theoretical Legacy

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Wrestling with the Angels: Exploring Stuart Hall’s Theoretical Legacy
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[image: Stuart Hall]

*A post by Peter Jordens.*

*Call for Papers*

*Conference: ‘Wrestling with the Angels: Exploring Stuart Hall’s
Theoretical Legacy’*

TU (Technische Universität) Dortmund, IBZ (Internationales
Begegnungszentrum), Germany

February 25-27, 2016

Stuart Hall, who passed away in February 2014, was one of the founding
figures of what is known today as ‘Cultural Studies’ and long-time director
of the renowned Centre for Contemporary Cultural Studies at the University
of Birmingham. Besides that, he was a central figure of the British New
Left, founding editor of the journal *New Left Review*, and one of
England's most charismatic public intellectuals.

Crucially, for Hall, intellectual practice was a politics, and questions of
culture were political questions. His was a thinking that was questioning,
flexible and open-ended, regularly moving across disciplinary boundaries
and synthesizing different theoretical outlooks. It was rigorously
contextual, extremely attentive to complexity, dedicated to the concrete,
activist, committed and practical, and driven by a curiosity that
constantly led unto new (and frequently largely uncharted) theoretical
terrain. The subjects covered by Hall's work include topics as diverse as
popular culture and mass media, representation and signifying practices,
subcultures, questions of power, ideology and resistance, ‘race’ and
ethnicity, globalisation, multiculturalism and diaspora, cultural and
personal identity, Thatcherism, New Labour, and neoliberalism.

This conference takes Hall’s recent death as an occasion to explore the
legacy of his highly influential and multi-faceted work. For this, it takes
its cue from Hall himself, who once said that theoretical work meant
‘wrestling with the angels’ and that the only theory worth having was the
one one had to fight and struggle with. This, precisely, is what this
conference aims to do: to engage with, examine, use, question, criticise,
develop and transform Hall's many concepts and ideas. We thus invite
contributions that:

   - reread his texts in innovative ways, pursue hitherto overlooked or
   neglected aspects and dimensions, open up entirely new lines of inquiry,
   - utilise Hall’s work for the analysis of contemporary cultural and
   political phenomena;
   - investigate the range, and, possibly, the limits, of his thought,
   particularly with regards to more recent developments such as the rise of
   new technologies, emerging or shifting forms of power, new discourses and
   movements, etc.;
   - read Hall’s work in relation to other thinkers and theories;
   - discuss the implications of his thinking – both in terms of its
   content and its distinct form or ‘mode’ – (as well as his
   teaching/pedagogy) for the future of Cultural Studies as an academic
   discipline and political project.

Abstracts of 300 words for 30-minute papers should be submitted by *July
31, 2015* to:

Gerold Sedlmayr, gerold.sedlmayr at tu-dortmund.de

Florian Cord, florian.cord at uni-wuerzburg.de

Marie Hologa, marie.hologa at tu-dortmund.de

Source: https://call-for-papers.sas.upenn.edu/node/62223
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