From girls’ magazines and soap operas to pop music, advertisements and fashions, the Birmingham Centre for Contemporary Cultural Studies pioneered the academic study of popular culture. This exhibition – part of a programme of events to mark the 50th anniversary of the Centre’s establishment – showcases material from the newly-established archive of Centre material. It offers an insight into the changing subjects of the Centre’s research from 1964 up until its controversial closure in 2002.
Here is the sociologist Laurie Taylor’s tribute to the life and work of the late Stuart Hall: http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b03tt50m/Thinking_Allowed_Stuart_Hall_(19322014)/
The sad death of Stuart Hall last week has come as a great shock to anyone working in the fields of cultural studies, Sociology and far beyond. Here is a collection of tributes to a figure who will be much missed by many: http://www.lwbooks.co.uk/stuarthall.html
‘Birmingham Centre for Contemporary Cultural Studies 50 Years On’
University of Birmingham, 24-25 June
From girls’ magazines and soap operas to pop music, advertisements and fashions, the Birmingham Centre for Contemporary Cultural Studies pioneered the academic study of popular culture. To mark the 50th anniversary of its establishment, this exhibition examines the legacies of the institutional origin of cultural studies. Featuring the work of artists including Trevor Appleson, David Batchelor, Mahtab Hussain, Sarah Maple, Sarah Silverwood and Nick Waplington, the exhibition explores how – in spite of its closure in 2002 – the Centre’s work continues to be relevant today.