Stuart Hall was a leading intellectual of the Black experience in Britain, but also of the Caribbean. This talk will reflect on the particular distinctiveness that Hall’s biography brings to his work as an intellectual. Specifically the talk aims to think of him as a practitioner of an "art of living" animated by the idiom of "displacement," and asks how one might usefully think of his personal and intellectual formation in relation to Jamaica.
The talk will be followed by a Q&A and drinks reception.
David Scott is the Ruth and William Lubic Professor and chair of the Department of Anthropology at Columbia University.
He is currently completing a book tentatively titled “Irreparable Evil: New World Slavery in Moral History,” and working on a biography of Stuart Hall.
Scott is the founder and editor of the journal Small Axe, and director of the Small Axe Project. In this context he is also the curatorial director of the exhibitions, Caribbean Queer Visualities (Belfast, Glasgow, 2016, 2017), and Visual Life of Social Affliction (Nassau, Miami, Rotterdam, 2019, 2020), director of the Caribbean Modernisms project, and was the curatorial director of the Kingston Biennial, 2022, Pressure.
About the Arthur Lewis Lecture: The series of annual Arthur Lewis Lectures, in the School of Social Sciences, started in 2015 to mark the 100th anniversary of the birth of the economist Arthur Lewis, who became Britain's first black professor when he was appointed to a Chair at Manchester in 1948.
E?vent organised by the School of Social Sciences in partnership with Centre on the Dynamics of Ethnicity (CoDE).
Attendance is free but booking is essential: