Stuart Hall passed away on February 10, 2014 at the age of 81. Hall was one of the first theorists to understand the neoliberal turn, bearing witness to Margaret Thatcher’s brutal rule as well as the Left’s accommodation to that rule in the seventies. He was one of the first theorists to think about the role culture played in domination and resistance. And he was one of the first and best to understand the role race played in both. For those unfamiliar with Hall I include a short clip revealing his insights about Obama.
For those familiar with Hall I include a longer conversation between Hall and CLR James.
Finally, John Akomfrah’s directed a documentary of Hall’s life. Entitled The Stuart Hall Project, it cannot get to American shores soon enough.