This article introduces a roundtable that consists of short reflections on Stuart Hall's posthumously published memoir, Familiar Stranger: A Life between Two Islands. Written in collaboration with Bill Schwarz and completed after his death, the genre-defying text recounts aspects of a diasporic life lived "between two islands." The essays take inbetweenness in Familiar Stranger seriously, treating it as symptomatic of Hall's locative position and as an indispensable feature of his thought. Approaching the book from the perspective of varying fields and concerns, the authors draw attention to how it opens a space between past and present; metropole and colony; high and low cultural forms; Jamaica and Britain; history and memory; seeing and knowing.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)117-121
Number of pages5
JournalHistory of the Present
Issue number1
StatePublished - Apr 2020


  • Black Britain
  • Cultural studies
  • Decolonization
  • Diaspora
  • Postcolonialism

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • History


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