EMC CPD Online: Stuart Hall, ‘New Ethnicities’ and Why Race and the Media Matters

In this presentation I revisit one of Stuart Hall’s most important essays ’New Ethnicities’, originally given as a conference paper at the Institute of Contemporary Arts in 1987. While Hall had tackled the question of race prior to this talk, ’New Ethnicities' marked a turning point for the way it began to centralise questions of cultural identity, race and popular culture. However, despite the impact of this paper on the study of race, representation and media and British media studies more broadly, this approach has fallen out of favour in recent times. Or at least it has not lived up to its original promise. In this presentation I argue that 'New Ethnicities' still matters and explore what it can bring to the study of race and ethnicity in contemporary media culture.

Course tutor: Anamik Saha

Anamik Saha is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Media, Communications and Cultural Studies at Goldsmiths, University of London. His research interests are in race and the media, with a particular focus on cultural production and the cultural industries, including issues of ‘diversity’. He is the author of Race and the Cultural Industries, published by Polity in 2018. In 2019 he received an Arts and Humanities Research Council Leadership Fellow grant for a project entitled ‘Rethinking Diversity in Publishing’. Anamik is an editor of European Journal of Cultural Studies. His new book entitled Race, Culture and Media will be published in early 2021 (Sage).

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