Stuart Hall is often considered to be one of the founding fathers of British cultural studies. His work has been central to the formation and development of cultural studies as an academic 'discipline'. Yet, as will become clearer during this course, cultural studies is not an academic discipline quite like others. This course examines a representative selection of Hall's enormously influential, highly theoretical and intellectually demanding writings on cultural studies and its concerns. Thematically, these will include the uneasy relationship between cultural studies and Marxism; postmodernism and the concept of 'New Times' in cultural and political thought; the development of cultural studies as an international and postcolonial phenomenon; and Hall's engagement with urgent questions of 'race', ethnicity and identity.
A Reader with a selected bibliography and the list of topics for term papers will be provided at the beginning of the course.