Monthly Archives: February 2014

The Archive Exhibition

MuirheadSmallThe Centre for Contemporary Cultural Studies, 1964-2002

Muirhead Tower, University of Birmingham, 10-29 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.  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.

Laurie Taylor on Stuart Hall

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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)/

Stuart Hall, 1932-2014

Stuart-HallThe 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

CCCS conference

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‘Birmingham Centre for Contemporary Cultural Studies 50 Years On’

University of Birmingham, 24-25 June

To mark the launch of an archive of the Centre for Contemporary Cultural Studies at the University of Birmingham, this conference will reflect on the influence and legacies of the CCCS, both inside the academy and beyond.
Following Richard Hoggart’s pioneering decision to embark on the research of popular culture, and the subsequent appointment of Stuart Hall, the Centre became one of the biggest influences on the development of cultural and media studies around the world. The aim of the conference is to bring together former members of staff with all those interested in its work and influence, both inside and outside universities. It will examine the global reach of the Centre, the teaching and research methods that were employed and the lessons the Centre can provide in the current political and cultural contexts. 
Confirmed speakers include Geoff Eley, Lawrence Grossberg, Richard Johnson, Jo Littler and Jackie Stacey, and there will be a previously unseen video interview with the late Stuart Hall.  The conference will take place at the University of Birmingham on the 24 and 25 June 2014. To buy tickets, click here.

50 Years On Exhibition

CCC5layout50 Years On: The Centre for Contemporary Cultural Studies

mac birmingham, Cannon Hill Park, 10 May -27 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.