Using the papers of Stuart Hall, deposited at the Cadbury Research Library, University of Birmingham, the Stuart Hall Archive Project has two inter-related research aims:
- to forge a new space for dialogue between Hall’s intellectual and political legacy and contemporary questions arising from present constituencies and communities using the archive as a catalyst;
- to explore the history of his intellectual and political formation and development at specific conjunctures as that is evident in the archive.
These aims are supported by the following objectives:
1) Conjunctures: To develop a programme of engagement with the ‘extended Caribbean’, cultural and social diasporas, and minoritized communities, that platforms new questions, knowledges, practices, and pedagogies. Led by Prof Pat Noxolo with Rita Gayle.
2) Dialogues: To digitise the archive and to develop new methods of engagement with the materials to make those more accessible and to introduce new questions of historical and contemporary relevance. Led by Rebecca Roach with Katy Parsons.
3) Readings: To recover previously unpublished or under-appreciated work by Stuart Hall and situate that work in his intellectual and political formation and development. Led by Nick Beech.
A key outcome of the research is to establish a permanent platform for further research and public outreach that extends Stuart Hall’s legacy in Birmingham and beyond.