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Stuart Hall Foundation Award

About the prize

This award, a collaboration between the Stuart Hall Foundation and the Routledge, Taylor & Francis journal Cultural Studies, seeks to recognize the article by an early career scholar that best captures, and/or makes the most significant contribution to, cultural studies as Stuart Hall envisioned it:

  • a rigorous intellectual investigation in the service of political struggle and transformation
  • that engages in a self–reflective conversation between theory and empirical realities 
  • that starts with the contingency of actually existing relations and structures to ask how they were made and whether and how they could be made differently
  • that accepts the complexity of any context or phenomenon, and refuses any form of reductionism
  • that thinks contextually about the contexts of lived realities

Cultural Studies

Cultural Studies is an international journal which explores the relation between cultural practices, everyday life, material, economic, political, geographical and historical contexts. It fosters more open analytic, critical and political conversations by encouraging people to push the dialogue into fresh, uncharted territory.

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2019 Winner

The 2019 Stuart Hall Foundation prize has been announced and the winner is:

Eduardo Restrepo for "Talks and Disputes of Racism in Colombia after Multiculturalism,” published in Cultural Studies 32.3 (July 2018).

The award panel's statement on the winning article:

Eduardo Restrepo's article in Cultural Studies is a forceful study of the continued salience of race, racism and racialization beyond the shift towards multiculturalism in Colombia. Contextually grounded in the cultural politics of that country, and working closely with the ideas of Stuart Hall and others at a more general level, Restrepo analyses media, academic and governmental discourses to challenge any assumption that the ostensible recognition of ethno-cultural difference marks the onset of a post-racial society in Colombia (and possibly elsewhere). It is a cogently developed and politically charged piece, and as such is very worthy of this award.

Submission Instructions

While it could be an advantage if essays show some familiarity with Stuart Hall’s work and writings, this is not a necessary condition for the award. The award seeks to further Stuart’s interests, commitments and spirit as a political intellectual. 

In order to qualify for this award, eligible candidates must be undergraduate or graduate students or scholars who received their PhD fewer than seven years prior to submission. In some years, the award may not be presented.   

Articles will be shortlisted by the Journal’s Editors from papers published in the annual volume of the journal. The shortlist will then be evaluated by a panel comprising members of the Stuart Hall Foundation’s Scholarship & Fellowships Sub-Committee, and the Cultural Studies Editors-in-Chief.

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