Policing the Crises: Stuart Hall and the Practice of Critique

Gina Dent, Karla Holloway, David Scott, and more
September 24-26, 2015
Barnard College and SUNY Stony Brook, Manhattan Campus
Co-Sponsors: The Humanities Institute at Stony Brook, Stony Brook University; Columbia University's Heyman Center for the Humanities; School of the Arts - Film and Media Studies; Institute for Research on Women, Gender, and Sexuality; School of the Arts - Office of the Dean; Department of Anthropology; Office of the Dean of Humanities; Department of English and Comparative Literature; Institute for Comparative Literature and Society

Stuart Hall


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.


  • 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 Sociology, 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
  • Crystal Fleming, Assistant Professor of Sociology and Africana Studies, Stony Brook University
  • 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
  • Nick Mirzoeff, Professor of Media, Culture and Communication, New York University
  • David Morley, Professor of Communications, Goldsmith’s College, University College London
  • 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, Associate Professor and Chair, Department of Sociology and Equity Studies, The University of Toronto
  • Susan Willis, Associate Professor of English, Duke University
  • Kathleen Wilson, Professor of History, State University of New York, Stony Brook

PROGRAM (subject to change)

Diana Center, Barnard College, 3009 Broadway


5:00 PM – 6:30 PM
Round Table: “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


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, September 26
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 preferred but not required.

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