January Wrap-Up: Race, Nation and the Black Atlantic

Here’s what I read this January; Dandelion Wine by Ray Bradbury, The Fateful Triangle by Stuart Hall, Just Us by Claudia Rankine, Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi.

Against the urgency of people dying in the streets, what in God’s name is the point of cultural studies?…At that point, I think anybody who is into cultural studies seriously as an intellectual practice, must feel, on their pulse, its ephemerality, its insubstantiality, how little it registers, how little we’ve been able to change anything …

I speak and talk to the radio and the TV all the time. I say ‘that is not true’ and ‘you are lying through your teeth’ and ‘that cannot be so’. I keep up a running dialogue. Stuart Hall 2006. Reblogging this great Stuart Hall quote that shows who we have lost today.

Stuart Hall Has Died

Stuart Hall, the  great Jamaican sociologist and cultural theorist, has passed away aged 82, after long illness.  Hall’s writing has greatly influenced my own not only academic thought and development. His work was one of the reasons why I decided to go into a more Cultural Studies focused M.A. program rather than an even more …

Stuart Hall, Hegemonic Ideology, Media and the Age of FOX News.

I recently reread Stuart Hall’s 1982 article “The Rediscovery of ‘Ideology’: Return of the Repressed in Media Studies.” In it, he describes the role of the media in the re/production of dominant, hegemonic ideologies.  When reading the following passage I had to think about how much the media landscape has changed in the last 30 …