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It’s hard to think of one person who has had a bigger impact on cultural studies. Very few thinkers have had as big an impact on me.

Here is part of a wonderful tribute from Lawrence Grossberg, Professor of Media and Cultural Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, published by Truthout:

He loved theory, but his work was never about theory; it was always about trying to understand and change the realities and possibilities of how people might live together in the world. He constantly distanced himself from the attempt to substitute theory for the more difficult work of cultural studies, and he was explicitly critical of the tendency (decidedly strong in the U.S. academy) to fetishize theory—theory gone mad in a world of capitalism gone mad. He did not offer abstract theories that could travel anywhere, for while he thought that theories were absolutely vital, they had to be held to what he once called “the discipline of the conjuncture.” He was too concerned with using theory strategically to understand and intervene into conjunctures that seemed to be pushing the possibility of a more humane world further and further away.

You can read the rest here.

And you can watch the trailer below of a forthcoming documentary entitled The Stuart Hall Project by John Akomfrah.

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I can’t wait to see this new documentary by John Akomfrah on Stuart Hall.

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For nothing is fixed, forever and forever and forever, it is not fixed; the earth is always shifting, the light is always changing, the sea does not cease to grind down rock. Generations do not cease to be born, and we are responsible to them because we are the only witnesses they have.

The sea rises, the light fails, lovers cling to each other, and children cling to us.The moment we cease to hold each other, the moment we break faith with one another, the sea engulfs us and the light goes out.

Read the full essay here.

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