The University Archives joins with the world’s academic community in remembering the life’s work and contributions of Dr Stuart Hall, the ‘father of multiculturalism’.
Hall, a Jamaican, laid the foundation for the study of culture, especially popular culture, with its identities, expressions, nuances and complexities. His focus on Caribbean identities, in particular, influenced many Caribbean scholarly works. Hall was able to pinpoint the roots and routes of Caribbean identity/ies from the complex and multi-layered travails of our history/ies. Stuart Hall, in his 2008 work on “Caribbean Identity and Diaspora” noted, “Cultural identities come from somewhere, have histories… It is always constructed through memory, fantasy, narrative and myth. Cultural identities are the points of identification, the unstable points of identification or suture, which are made, within the discourse of history and culture.”
In 1999, The UWI saluted Hall’s huge contribution to academia with the conferment of the honorary degree of Doctor of Letters.
We feature in full, the Citation read and presented on the occasion at the Mona Campus.