Dr Ros Gray

Staff details

Position Senior Lecturer in Fine Art Practice (Critical Studies)
Department Art
Email r.gray (@gold.ac.uk)
Phone +44 (0)20 7919 7677
Dr Ros Gray

Ros Gray is Senior Lecturer in Fine Art, Critical Studies in the Art Department at Goldsmiths. 

Her research explores the trajectories of militant filmmaking, particularly in relation to liberation struggles and revolutionary movements in Mozambique, Angola, Portugal, Guinea-Bissau and Burkina Faso, and more recently with the intersections between artistic practices and decolonial environmentalism. 

She is the author of numerous articles in journals including ARTMargins, The Journal of Visual Cultures, The Journal of African Cinemas and Textile: Journal of Cloth and Culture. 

Ros has contributed to books such as Lars Kristensen (ed), Postcommunist Film: Russian, Eastern European and World Culture; the Encyclopedia of Postcolonial Studies; Renée Green, Endless Dreams and Time-Based Streams and a three volume book published in Portuguese on the history of filmmaking in Angola, Maria do Carmo Piçarra and Jorge Antonio (eds), Angola - O Nascimento de uma Nação. Ros was co-editor with Kodwo Eshun of a special issue of Third Text entitled The Militant Image: A Ciné-Geography, and co-curated a number of related film programmes at Iniva in London and at Musée Quai de Branly in Paris. 

She is on the Editorial Board of Third Text, and is currently preparing two publications - a monograph entitled The Cinemas of the Mozambican Revolution (forthcoming 2017, Boyer & Brewer) and a special issue of Third Text on the topic of Botanical Conflicts: Contemporary Art and the Politics of Soil and Planting.

Academic qualifications

  • BA, English Language and Literature, St. Anne's College, University of Oxford
  • MA with Distinction, Cultural Studies, Centre for Cultural Studies, Goldsmiths, University of London
  • PhD, Visual Cultures, Goldsmiths, University of London


Ros primarily teaches on the BA and MFA Fine Art programmes at Goldsmiths. She also occasionally lectures for the Extension Degree and the MFA Curating programmes.

She contributes more widely to the department through PhD supervision. In addition to working with Goldsmiths students, she also supervises a number of PhD candidates on the Curating Contemporary Art programme at the Royal College of Art, where she previously worked as a research tutor. 

Professional projects

Ros has co-organized a number of conferences, including the 'Planetarities' symposium and 'Botanical Conflicts' workshop at Goldsmiths College, the 'Filming Revolution: History and Memory' fim programme and Pedro Costa Masterclass at Birbeck College, and programmes at Calvert22 and South London Gallery in London. With the Otolith Group, she co-curated 'The Militant Image' programme of film screenings at Iniva, London in 2011.

She most recently served on the Scientific Committee of the conference ‘Ruy Guerra et la pensée critique des images’ at the Sorbonne, Paris, in October 2015. 

Research Interests

Cinemas of African liberation struggle and decolonisation, with particular interest in Mozambique, Angola, Guinea-Bissau and Burkina Faso; the militant image and its internationalist networks and trajectories; Third Cinema; socialist friendship; decolonial aesthetics and thought; lusophone postcoloniality in contemporary art; colonial modernism in architecture; artistic and critical engagements with urban space; speculative fiction; ecologies; planetarity; environmental crisis; botanical conflict in relation to contested spaces such as gardens, parks, conservation areas, plantations; autism and the moving image. I engage with multiple strands of theoretical work, including particularly the writings of: Amilcar Cabral, Nicole Brenez, Frantz Fanon, Felix Guattari, Jane Bennett, Leela Gandhi, Achille Mbembe, Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak, Dipesh Chakrabarty, Walter Mignolo, Vandana Shiva, Donna Haraway, Boaventura de Sousa Santos, Trinh H. Minh-Ha, Jean Fisher, Fernand Deligny. In recent years I have collaborated with many artists and filmmakers, including: John Akomfrah, Filipa Cesar, Pedro Costa, Angela Ferreira, Renée Green, and on numerous occasions The Otolith Group. I have presented my research internationally in many academic and art contexts. 


Book Section

Sheikh, Shela; Gray, Ros; Wolf, Nicole; César, Filipa; Grisey, Raphaël and Touré, Bouba. 2018. Fugitive Remains: Soil, Celluloid and Resistant Collectivities. In: Cooking Sections, ed. The Empire Remains Shop. New York: Columbia Books on Architecture and the City, pp. 209-223. ISBN 978-1-941332-37-5

Gray, Ros. 2018. Vous n'avez jamais entendu parler d'internationalisme?: Les amitiés socialistes du cinéma mozambicain [translation]. In: Françoise Blum, ed. Socialismes africains / Socialismes en Afrique. Forthcoming.

Gray, Ros. 2017. Clear Lines of an Internationalist Map: Foreign Filmmakers in Angola at Independence [English translation]. In: Maria do Piçarra and Teresa Castro, eds. (Re)Imagining African Independence: Film, Visual Arts and the Fall of the Portuguese Empire. Oxford: Peter Lang. ISBN 9781787076396

Gray, Ros. 2016. Você já ouviu falar de internacionalismo? As amizades socialistas do cinema moçambicano [translation]. In: Lucia Monteiro, ed. África(s): Cinema e revolução: As Independências de Angola, Guiné-Bissau e Moçambique em filmes de luta e memória (catálogo de mostra de cinema, realizada no cinema Caixa Belas Artes, São Paulo, de 10 a 23 de novembro de 2016). São Paulo: Caixa Belas Artes.

Gray, Ros. 2016. Decolonisation. In: Sangeeta Ray and Harry Schwarz, eds. The Encyclopedia of Postcolonial Studies. Wiley-Blackwell. ISBN 978-1-4443-3498-2

Gray, Ros. 2015. Linhas Claras num Mapa Internacionalista: Cineastas Estrangeiros em Angola durante a Independência. In: Maria do Carmo Piçarra and Jorge Antonio, eds. Angola - O Nascimento de Uma Nação: O Cinema da Independência. 3 Lisbon: Guerra & Paz.

Gray, Ros. 2012. Haven’t you heard of internationalism?: The Socialist friendships of Mozambican cinema. In: Lars Lyngsgaard and Fjord Kristensen, eds. Postcommunist Film - Russia, Eastern Europe and World Culture: moving images of postcommunism. Abingdon: Routledge, pp. 53-74. ISBN 9780415671644

Gray, Ros. 2010. Dreaming of Islands. In: , ed. Renée Green: Endless Dreams and Time-Based Streams. San Francisco, CA: Yerba Buena Center for the Arts.


Sheikh, Shela and Gray, Ros. 2018. La terre damnée: conflits botaniques et interventions artistiques. Le journal des laboratoires (Cahier C), pp. 3-6.

Gray, Ros and Sheikh, Shela. 2018. Editor's Introduction: The Wretched Earth: Botanical Conflicts and Artistic Interventions. Third Text, 32(2-3), pp. 163-175. ISSN 0952-8822

Gray, Ros. 2014. A Lingering Lusotopia: Thinking the Planetary from Angola. Art Margins, 3(1), pp. 3-27. ISSN 2162-2574

Gray, Ros and Eshun, Kodwo. 2011. The Militant Image: A Ciné-Geography: Editors’ Introduction. Third Text, 25(1), pp. 1-12. ISSN 0952-8822

Gray, Ros. 2010. An Archive of Aspirations. Jornal do Atelier Real, pp. 11-12.

Gray, Ros. 2009. ‘Front of House’. Textile The Journal of Cloth and Culture, 7(2), ISSN 14759756

Gray, Ros. 2003. Chinese Whispers: Variations on Textile. Textile The Journal of Cloth and Culture, 1(2), pp. 158-173. ISSN 14759756

Gray, Ros. 2002. Lost and Found: A Modicum of Dignity. The Journal of Visual Culture, 1(1), pp. 131-134. ISSN 14704129

Conference or Workshop Item

Gray, Ros. 2014. 'The Socialist Friendships of Mozambican Cinema'. In: Red Africa. Calvert 22, United Kingdom.

Gray, Ros. 2014. 'O Anticolonialsimo da Imagen Militante in the Próximo Futuro series Novos Poderes'. In: A arte do comum e a produção da cultura: O Anticolonialismo da Imagem Militante à Guerra das Escritas. Gulbenkian Foundation, Portugal.

Gray, Ros. 2012. 'The Militant Image - A Ciné Geography lecture'. In: Cinematic Migrations lecture series, MIT programme in Art, Culture and Technology. MIT, United States.

Gray, Ros. 2010. 'Henrique Neves and Clément Darrasse’s ‘Made in.''. In: Henrique Neves and Clément Darrasse’s ‘Made in.'. British Council, Lisbon, Portugal.

Gray, Ros. 2007. 'Third Cinema: Filming the Revolution in Mozambique'. In: Curating the Postcolonial, conference organised by the Royal College of Art. Goethe Institute, London, United Kingdom.

Gray, Ros. 2005. '‘Algumas experimentações emergentes nas telas em Moçambique’'. In: Encontros – Maputo 2005, Festival of Documentary Films at the Centro Cultural Franco. Moçambicano, Maputo, Mozambique 27 September–4 October 2005.

Gray, Ros. 2003. '‘Momentary Stability’'. In: Warp:Woof – Aurality, Musicality, Textuality, Congress CATH 2003. University of Leeds, United Kingdom 10 – 12 July 2003.

Edited Journal

Gray, Ros and Sheikh, Shela, eds. 2018. The Wretched Earth: Botanical Conflicts and Artistic Interventions, Third Text, 32(2-3). 0952-8822

Eshun, Kodwo and Gray, Ros, eds. 2011. The Militant Image: A Ciné-Geography, Third Text, 25(1). 0952-8822

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