Filmclub Moderne Zeiten shows: A Movie Evening about Stuart Hall

Stuart Hall

Our next filmclub is an evening remembering Stuart Hall, who died on 10 February 2014.

This time the filmmaterial will be in English. The discussion will be in both languages.


Stuart Hall came from Jamaica to study in Oxford with a grant in 1951 and stayed in Britain. He was a teacher, activist and theoretician. He fell in love with Catherine, they had two children. From the experience of being Black and British he developed the concept of cultural hybridity asking what does 'identity' mean, and should we not speak of 'identities'?


In the English-speaking world, Stuart Hall's name stands for Cultural Studies today. Even before Margaret Thatcher was elected for prime-minister in the eighties, he understood how the specific form of neoliberalism which came thus to power would transform society by destroying structures of social solidarity and sharpen racist attitudes of exclusion. He fought this development with his texts, speeches and analyses.


He became professor at the Open University, an university open to those without formal qualifications. As an emeritus professor Stuart started to work with young Black people in the area of art, photography and film.


His analyses, which he liked best to develop together with others, always aimed at intervening in actual social processes. His introductions to Cultural Studies were sometimes shown on nightly tv-programmes because of the special ways in which the Open University worked. He loved it when a cashier at a supermarket addressed him because she recognized him from these.


Stuart was fascinated by the history of struggles on the squatting of the houses in Hafenstraße. Until the very end he used his capacity to critical analysis and reflection and was interested in everybody and everything around him. Last October, he was one of the first to sign a transnational appeal for the rights of the group 'Lampedusa in Hamburg'.


Freitag den 13.06.2014 um 20 Uhr, Volxküche, Hafenstraße 116, 20359 Hamburg. Eintritt frei, Spenden erwünscht !