Cultural studies then

Posted on | March 17, 2008 | 1 Comment

Looking through my trash folder I just found an email that links to video of the keynotes from last year’s Cultural Studies Now conference at the University of East London. Among others, you’ll find Kuan-Hsing Chen, Dick Hebdige, Ien Ang, Doreen Massey, Judith Halberstam, Rosi Braidotti, and of course, that significant moment featuring Stuart Hall.

When I wrote about the conference last year, one of the main organisers Ashwani Sharma claimed I offered ‘a rather comfortable, privileged, bourgeois, apolitical and somewhat ahistorical view of academic life.’ So now, just to prove him right, it looks like I’m going to have to increase my broadband quota if I want to relive some of these inspiring speeches from the comfort of my Ikea sofa.


One Response to “Cultural studies then”

  1. kiley gaffney
    March 19th, 2008 @ 10:10 pm

    I love it!

    Alternatively, they offered a rather uncomfortable reflection on their own privileged, bourgeois, reactionary, Anglocentric academic life. Watching people being openly melancholic AND embarrassed and angry about their own privileged position hurts when you are obviously situated outside of it. I think the Columbian group should have risen up and taken over the whole conference.

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