Emeritus Professor Stuart Hall
Stuart Hall, the leading cultural theorist and sociologist, has passed away at the age of 82. Stuart Hall joined The Open University in 1979, and was Head of the Sociology Department for a decade before retiring as Emeritus Professor in 1997.
Martin Bean, Vice-Chancellor of The Open University said: “First and foremost our thoughts at The Open University are with Stuart’s family and friends. Quite apart from the mark he left on the OU, his loss will be felt right across the world of academia and sociology as a whole. Stuart was one of the intellectual founders of cultural studies, publishing many influential books and shaping the conversations of the time. It was a privilege to have Stuart at the heart of The Open University – touching and influencing so many lives through his courses and tutoring. He was a committed and influential public intellectual of the new left, who embodied the spirit of what the OU has always stood for; openness, accessibility, a champion for social justice and of the power of education to bring positive change in peoples’ lives.”
In tribute to Professor Stuart Hall The Open University will be flying its flag at half-mast.