Meet our PhD Graduates


See the profiles of our PhD graduates of the department of Visual Cultures.


Dr Giovanni Aloi

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Lecturer at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Sotheby's Institute of Art London and New York, Tate Galleries, Editor in Chief of Antennae: The Journal of Nature in Visual Culture.

In 1995, Giovanni obtained his first degree in Fine Art Theory and Practice and subsequently moved to London in order to further his education with a focus on international contemporary theory and art practice. He found fertile ground in the unconventional and radical approaches to art theory of Goldsmiths University and proceeded to gain a Post Graduate Diploma in History of Art, a Master in Visual Cultures, and a PhD on the subject of animals and natural history in contemporary art.

Whilst studying in London, Giovanni worked as a Gallery Manager and Education Officer at Whitechapel Art Gallery and curated film programs at Prince Charles Cinema. He has an extensive publishing profile including essays in English, French, Italian, Romanian, and Polish. 

His first book 'Art and Animals' was published by I.B. Tauris in 2011


Dr Maayan Amir

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Co-founder of the art project Extraterritory, lecturer at the MFA Program in Fine Arts at Haifa University

She holds a PhD from the Centre for Research Architecture at Goldsmiths, University of London. She is the editor of Documentally (2008), an anthology of essays on Israeli documentary cinema. Her collaborative works with Ruti Sela have been shown internationally in exhibitions, including the Biennale of Sydney (2006), the Istanbul Biennale (2009), the Berlin Biennale (2010), the New Museum Triennial (2015), Centre Pompidou, Art in General (NY), Tate Modern, Jeu de Paume, Ludwig Museum, HKW, and Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo. 

Dr Alice Andrews

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Visiting Tutor, Visual Cultures, Goldsmiths and Lecturer in Humanities at City and Guilds of London Art School

Her research considers the role of representations of biology, illness and suffering in various visual, literary and scientific narratives.  I am concerned with the question of the authorial voice, the relation of the self to its others - particularly non-human animals - and the problematics of responsibility.

Her thesis: Autoimmunity: Deconstructing Fictions of Illness and the Terrible Future to Come Andrews, Alice. 2011.

Dr Andrew Birtwistle

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Reader in Film and Video, Canterbury Christ Church University

While specialising in film sound, his research engages with a range of subjects, including avant-garde film, video art, sonic arts and culture, and Taiwan cinema. My book Cinesonica: Sounding film and video (Manchester University Press, 2010) explores previously neglected and under-theorised aspects of film and video sound, drawing on detailed case study analyses of Hollywood cinema, art cinema, animated cartoons and artists' film and video.

Dr Jolan Bogdan

Founding member of InC Continental Philosophy Research Group, The Graduate School, Goldsmiths

Her work addresses performative contradiction and its role in critiques of revolution, with special emphasis on Eastern European visual cultures of the twentieth century. Her current areas of interest are the Romanian Revolution of 1989, and its relation to technology, subjection, and the maternal.

Dr Roberto Cavallini

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Roberto is Assistant Professor in the Radio, TV and Cinema Department (Faculty of Communication) at Yaşar University (Izmir, Turkey) where he teaches theoretical courses (Art History/Visual Culture, Auteur Cinema, Documentary cinema), supervises practical modules in film production (Short Film Lab and Documentary practices) and he is the coordinator of Contact - International Student Film Festival. After studying Art History and Aesthetics at Cà Foscari University of Venice, Roberto was awarded a PhD in Visual Culture in 2010 from Goldsmiths, University of London. Roberto writes about Italian and European Cinema, documentary cinema and the essay film, World Cinema and visual cultures. He is a member of the editorial board of ‘Italian Frame’, a new book series on Italian Studies published by Mimesis International for which he is currently editing an anthology that traces the relationship between Italian Cinema and religion titled “Requiem for a Nation: religion and politics in post-war Italian Cinema” (forthcoming 2016).  Beside his academic interests and commitments, Roberto works as a film director and producer for Cinema Key (Italy), with a focus on reality-based cinema.

Dr Zoe Hatziyannaki

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artist, freelance photographer

Zoe Hatziyannaki is a visual artist based in Athens, Greece. She studied photography at Kent Institute of Art & Design and completed MA and PhD at Goldsmiths College, University of London with funding from the Greek State Scholarships Foundation. Her work has been awarded with a Jerwood Photography Award, exhibited and published in Greece and abroad. She is a member of the Depression Era collective.

Dr Eddie Chambers

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Professor, Art History, University of Texas at Austin

Since the early 1980s he has been involved in organizing and curating a considerable number of artists' exhibitions. In addition to his exhibition work, he has written extensively about the work of artists in the United Kingdom and other countries, including Australia, Jamaica and the US. His articles and other texts have been published in magazines and journals such as Third Text (London) and Art Papers (Atlanta), and a number of peer-review journals. He has guest-edited issues of Critical Interventions and NKA journal of Contemporary African Art, and authored a number of book chapters. He was for nearly two decades a regular contributor to Art Monthly (London). A collection of his articles and essays, titled Run Through the Jungle was published by the Institute of International Visual Arts (London) as part of its 'Annotations' series in 1999. His book Things Done Change: The Cultural Politics of Recent Black Artists in Britain was published by Rodopi Editions, Amsterdam and New York, 2012, as part of its Cross/Cultures – Readings in the Post/Colonial Literatures in English series. His book,  Black Artists in British Art: A History Since the 1950s, was published in 2014 by I. B. Tauris, London and New York, and is now in its second printing.

His current book project is Roots and Culture: Cultural Politics in the Making of Black Britain, to be published in 2016 by I B Tauris

Dr Celine Condorelli

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Artist, London, Professor, Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti (NABA) Milan, Italy, Founding Director, Eastside Projects, Birmingham, UK.


Dr Gabrielle Decamous

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Lecturer in Intercultural Studies, Kyushu University, Japan

Gabrielle Decamous is Lecturer at Kyushu University, Japan. Her research focuses on the interaction between modern science and the arts, with a special interest in nuclear and space technology. Decamous was a Visiting Tutor at Goldsmiths, University of London, where she completed her PhD. She also gave papers on the impact of advanced technology onto the arts at Cardiff and Aberdeen Universities, and at the 99th Annual College of Art Association in New York in 2011. In 2005, she has been the recipient of the International Hilla Rebay Fellowship and worked within the curatorial departments of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museums of New York, Bilbao and Venice. Decamous lectured in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern art and worked for PS1 contemporary Art Center for the exhibition Greater New York 2005. 

Dr David Dibosa

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Joint Course Director, MA Curating and MA Art Theory, Chelsea College of Arts

David Dibosa trained as a curator after receiving his first degree from Girton College, University of Cambridge. He was awarded his PhD in Art History from Goldsmiths College, University of London. During the 1990s, he curated public art projects. He is currently Course Leader for MA Art Theory at Chelsea College of Arts at University of the Arts London. He is also a Researcher in University of the Arts London's Research Centre for Transnational Art, Identity and Nation (TrAIN).

He is co-author of Post-Critical Museology (Routledge, 2013). Most recently, he has been acting as Co-Investigator for the AHRC Research Project, Black Artists and Modernism

Dr Jenny Doussan

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Visiting Tutor, Visual Cultures, Goldsmiths, and Curator Goldsmiths Collection

Her interests reside in classificatory systems in museological and curatorial contexts. The research involves identifying the points of convergence between (and the exhaustion of) post-structuralist critiques of taxonomy and the Spectacular, and excavating the relationship between ocularcentrism and logocentrism.

Her thesis: Intention and Exception: A Critique of the Work of Giorgio Agamben Doussan, Jenny. 2011

Dr Taru Elfving

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Programme Director, HIAP – Helsinki International Artist Programme.

Taru Elfving has more than 10 years of international experience as curator of contemporary art, tutor and freelance writer. In 2009–2011 she was artistic director and curator of the CAA Contemporary Art Archipelago project, which was part of the Turku 2011 European Capital of Culture programme. Elfving holds an MA in art history from Turku University and a PhD in visual culture from Goldsmiths College (University of London).

Dr Jonathan Faiers

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Reader in Fashion Theory,  Winchester School of Art , University of Southampton

Jonathan’s research examines the interface between popular culture, textiles and dress. He has published widely on the relationship between film, fashion and textiles culminating in his book Dressing Dangerously: Dysfunctional Fashion in Film (Yale University Press, 2013). His critically acclaimed work Tartan (Berg, 2008) interrogated the myth of clanship and established tartan as a ‘textile transporter'. Recently he has written essays for Alexander McQueen (V&A. 2015), Developing Dress History: New Directions in Method and Practice (Bloomsbury. 2015), London Couture 1923-1975: British Luxury (V&A. 2015) and Critical Luxury Studies: Art, Design and Media (Edinburgh University Press. 2016).

Dr Joao Florencio

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Lecturer, History of Modern and Contemporary Art and Visual Culture, University of Exeter

His research navigates the intersections of visual culture and performance with queer theory, philosophy, and the posthumanities in an attempt to rethink visuality and embodiment vis-à-vis the philosophical, ethical, and political challenges raised by the Anthropocene and its blurring of the 'human'/'nonhuman' divide.

Currently he is Principal Investigator in the AHRC-funded project "Rock/Body", which brings together various researchers from across the arts, humanities, social sciences, health, and earth sciences to investigate the interfacial zones between the geologic and the body, to think the geo-logics of our bodies.

He is an Affiliate Member of the Centre for Environmental Arts and Humanities, and hold Fellowships of the Higher Education Academy and the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce.

He is also a founding member of the Performance Studies International Advisory Board for the Future of Performance Studies, and a series editor for Cultural Studies & Critical Theory at the Open Library of Humanities.

Dr Beatrice Gibson

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Artist, London. Laura Bartlett Gallery, films distributed by LUX

Her recent solo screenings and exhibitions include, Collective Gallery, Edinburgh (2015) Statements, Art Basel, (2015 )Beatrice Gibson, Laura Bartlett Gallery, (2014 ) Beatrice Gibson, Wilfried Lenz, (2014) CAC Bretigny (2013), Index, The Swedish Contemporary Art Foundation, Stockholm; The Showroom, London (2012); Kunstlerhaus Stuttgart (2010), The Serpentine Gallery (Sackler Center) (2010). Gibson's films have screened at numerous experimental film venues and film festivals nationally and internationally including The Rotterdam International Film Festival; Experimenta, The London Film Festival;  Wavelengths The Toronto Film Festival, Projections The New York Film Festival, Light Industry, NY, Anthology Film Archives NY and LA Film Forum;  Gibson’s work was recently included in Assembly, A Recent Survey of Artist's Film and Video in Britain, 2008-2013, Tate Britain (2014)  Gibson has twice won the Rotterdam International Film Festival Tiger Award for short film. In 2013 she was shortlisted for the 2013-15 Max Mara Art Prize for Women and in 2015 won the 17th Baloise Art Prize, Art Basel. Forthcoming solo exhibitions include Grazer Kunstverein and Mudam Luxembourg  (2016).

Dr Simon Harvey

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Visiting Tutor, Visual Cultures, Goldsmiths, and Associate Professor, Trondheim Art Academy (NTNU)

His research interests include: mapping in artistic practices; counter-cartographies; alternative tourisms; smuggling and visual culture; rhythm and contemporary art; and art and public space.

His most recent publication is: Smuggling: Seven Centuries of Contraband (Reaktion Books, London) March 2016

Dr James Hellings

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Lecturer in Art, University of Reading

James has research interests in Marxian-inflected histories and theories of modern and contemporary art, focussing on the work of Theodor W. Adorno, Walter Benjamin, and Jacques Rancière. Other research interests include the politics/poetics of aesthetics, the Frankfurt School, psychoanalytic, queer, and feminist theories of art, European and North American modernism, theories of the avant-garde and the neo-avant-garde, social practice, thinking newness and contemporaneity in the arts. James's first solo-authored book, Adorno and Art: Aesthetic Theory Contra Critical Theory, was recently published by Palgrave Macmillan.

Dr Susan Kelly

Course Leader BA Fine Art and History of Art, Goldsmiths

Micropolitics and Transversality: Language, Subjectivity, Organisation and Contemporary Arts Practice 

Kelly, Susan. 2009. Micropolitics and Transversality: Language, Subjectivity, Organisation and Contemporary Arts Practice. Doctoral thesis, Goldsmiths, University of London

Dr Emanuel Licha

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Emanuel Licha is an artist and filmmaker. Initially trained in geography he later studied in visual arts. He holds a PhD from the Centre for Research Architecture, department of Visual Cultures, Goldsmiths, University of London. He is Associate Professor in visual arts and film production at the École nationale supérieure d’architecture de Paris-La Villette. He obtained the Joseph S. Stauffer prize from the Canada Council for the Arts and was nominated for the Sobey Art Award and for the AIMIA | AGO Photography Prize. His film projects have been awarded prizes at DOK Leipzig and at FIDLab.

His work has been exhibited internationally in various events of distinction, in institutions such as Parsons The New School for Design, New York; Musée d’art contemporain de Montreal;  NGBK, Berlin; Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto; ; Israeli Center for Digital Art, Holon; MACBA, Barcelona. His films have been shown in various international festivals, such as the International Film Festival of Rotterdam, Indielisboa, Hamburg International Short Film Festival or Cinéma du Réel / Centre Pompidou. 

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Dr Ruth Lipschitz

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Independent researcher 

I have recently completed my PhD, "Animality and Alterity: Species Discourse and the Limits of 'the Human' in Contemporary South African Art" in the Visual Cultures department at Goldsmiths, University of London (2014), under the supervision of Dr Lynn Turner and Astrid Schmetterling.  My current research continues to explore the operational intersections of species, race, sex and gender in contemporary South Africa art and culture through deconstruction and psychoanalysis, and poses ethico-political questions of sovereignty and the living.

Dr Timothy Martin

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Reader in Architecture, Leiceter School of Architecture , De Montfort University

Dr Doreen Mende

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independent curator, author and theorist, faculty member of the Dutch Art Institute

In collaboration with the architect Wilfried Kuehn, between 2006–09 she co-conceived the study programme in Exhibition Design and Curatorial Practice, founded in 2006 at the University of Arts and Design in Karlsruhe. As part of her teaching position there, she is co-founder and chief-editor of the publication series Displayer, which investigates the politics of exhibiting in particular spaces. The annual publication evolves from seminars, projects and workshops by international artists, such as Adrian Piper, Milica Tomic, Omer Fast, Harun Farocki, Antje Ehmann, and Armin Linke. She has been curating exhibitions at the independenent space JET in Berlin, Kunsthalle Exnergasse in Vienna, and the ZKM in Karlsruhe.

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Dr Suzana Milevska

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Visiting Professor at Gender Studies Institute, University Ss. Cyril and Methodius, Skopje, Macedonia

Her theoretical and curatorial interests include postcolonial critique of hegemonic power regimes of representation, feminist art and gender theory, participatory and collaborative art practices. From 2013-2015 she was the first Endowed Professor for Central and South European Art Histories at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna and was a Fulbright Senior Research Scholar. She holds a PhD in visual culture from Goldsmiths College-London. She taught at the Gender Studies Institute, at the Faculty of Fine Arts and was the director of the Centre for Visual and Cultural Research in Skopje. She also lectured at many academic and art institutions worldwide (Columbia University-New York, Oxford University-Oxford, Alvar Aalto University-Helsinki, IUAV –Venice, The School of Art Institute - Chicago, TATE Modern, KIASMA-Helsinki, MUMOK Vienna, Moderna Museet-Stockholm, etc.)

Dr Ines Moreira

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freelance curator and Lecturer Contemporary Culture, University of Porto

In 2014, Ines was awarded a PhD degree in Curatorial Knowledge from Goldsmiths College, University of London. She completed a Master’s degree in Architecture and Urban Culture [Metropolis, UPC Barcelona, 2003] and graduated in Architecture [FAUP, Porto, 2001]. Ines´ research and practice experiment collaborations between architecture, contemporary art and the humanities, with a focus on post-industrial spaces and on exhibition display. Guest Professor at the Fine Art Faculty of Universidade do Porto, lecturing on Contemporary Culture and on Curatorial Studies.

Dr Owen Glyndwr Parry

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artist and researcher working across performance cultures including live art, installation, video and writing.

He completed a PhD at Goldsmiths on the subject of Trashy Tendencies in Contemporary Art and Performance (2013).

His interests are in minor processes, communities and colloquial languages. This is exemplified in his current project Fan Riot, which explores the contemporary phenomenon of online fandom and participatory fan cultures.

His work has been included in shows and programmes at Jerwood Visual Arts (2016); The Show Room; Artsadmin; Latitude Festival (2015); Wellcome Collection; South London Gallery (2014); ANTI Festival, Finland; National Portrait Gallery; Reactor Halls (2013); Hayward Gallery; Duckie; Trouble Festival, Belgium (2012).

His publications include articles in General Fine Arts (2016); Performance Research (2015); The New Inquiry (2015); Live Art Almanac 3 (2013); Performing Ethos (2012); and co-editorial of Dance Theatre Journal (2011).

Dr Godofredo Pereira

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Architect, Teaching Fellow in the M.Arch in Urban Design, Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL

Godofredo received his PhD from the Centre for Research Architecture (CRA), Goldsmiths University London. His doctoral research was entitled ‘The Underground Frontier: Technoscience and Collective Politics’ and investigated political and territorial conflicts within the planetary race for underground resources.

Since 2010, Godofredo has taught on the M.Arch Urban Design and GAD programmes at the Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL, where he was the leader of the Axiomatic Earth design studio and is currently History and Theory coordinator.  

After graduating as an architect Godofredo worked for the renowned practices of Zvi Hecker in Berlin and Ian Ritchie Architects in London. Between 2007 and 2011, he was editor of Revista Detritos, a Portuguese journal of critical theory. In 2012, he edited the book Savage Objects (INCM) with contributions from Eyal Weizman, Reza Negarestani, Michael Taussig and Graham Harman, amongst others. More recently, his essays have been published internationally, including publications such as Open Democracy (UK), Continent (AU), ORIS (HR), Lugar Comum (BR), Cabinet (US), or ArqA (PT)

Dr Lorenzo Pezzani

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Teaching Fellow,Bartlett School of Architecture (UCL), London and co-Director of Forensic Oceanography

Lorenzo is part of the research team at Forensic Oceanography, an initiative with Charles Heller, produced in the frame of the ERC funded project “Forensic Architecture – Goldsmiths, Centre for Research Architecture". Forensic Oceanography critically investigates the militarised border regime in the Mediterranean Sea, mapping the liquid geographies of maritime jurisdictions in order to document the violence perpetrated against migrants at sea. By producing maps, visualisations, human right reports, videos, articles, exhibitions and websites, Forensic Oceanography interrogates this maritime sensorium in the attempt to challenge the regime of visibility imposed by surveillance means and become a tool in the struggle for freedom of movement. 

Lorenzo was a joint resident with Delfina Foundation and Decolonizing Architecture Art Residency in 2010 in Beit Sahour, Palestine.

Dr Sarah Pierce

artist and Lecturer on the School of Missing Studies MA Sandberg Instituut, NL

Dr Clare Pritchard

Associate Tutor Visual Cultures, Goldsmiths and School of Art and Design Cardiff Metropolitan University

Dr Peg Rawes

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Associate Director of Research, The Bartlett School of Architecture

Her research and teaching focus on how aesthetic, material, technological, biopolitical and ecological histories and theories inform contemporary architectural thinking and practice, and reflect my training in art history, philosophy and fine art. 

Recent publications include: Poetic Biopolitics: Practices of Relation in Architecture and the Arts (co-ed., 2015 forthcoming); Relational Architectural Ecologies: Architecture, Nature and Subjectivity (ed., 2013); and 'Spinoza's Geometric and Ecological Ratios' in The Politics of Parametricism, ed. Manuel Shvartzberg and Matthew Poole (2015). Previous publications include, Space, Geometry and Aesthetics: Through Kant and Towards Deleuze (2008) and Irigaray for Architects (2007).  

Dr Manuel Ramos

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Visiting Tutor, Goldsmiths and City and Guilds.  Continuing research on militant cinema, currently working on his first book and film.

His research engages with contemporary attempts to rethink the political in order to challenge our understanding of the pair image/sound. My research explores the tensions that animate the technologies of the image, including film, video, television and the internet. He is currently working on two books (Images in Dispute and How to Make Films with Peter Nestler).

His Thesis:Cinema In Dispute: Audiovisual Adventures of the Political Names ‘Worker’, ‘Factory’, ‘People’ 

Ramos Martinez, Manuel. 2013. Cinema In Dispute: Audiovisual Adventures of the Political Names ‘Worker’, ‘Factory’, ‘People’. Doctoral thesis, Goldsmiths, University of London.

Dr Wood Roberdeau

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Lecturer in Visual Cultures, Goldsmiths

By investigating the tenets of the European neo-avant-garde, his research has explored contemporary art's remobilization of everyday poetics by locating corresponding tensions within sociology, phenomenology and metaphysics. Questions concerning human subjectivity and agency, as well as the ontology of objects have led to a focus on predetermined limits of the poetic as it pertains to the activation of visual art within the unavoidable and indistinguishable discourses of eco-criticism and philosophical post-humanism. His current teaching and research centres on art theory and philosophy informed by the spatial theme of dwelling and new concepts of political ecology after historical environmentalisms

Dr Lee Rodney

Associate Professor, Media Art Histories and Visual Culture,  School of Visual Arts,  University of Windsor, Ontario, Canada

Lee Rodney is Associate Professor of Art History and Visual Culture. She holds a PhD in Visual Culture from Goldsmiths College (University of London), an MA in Art History (York University) and a BFA (Nova Scotia College of Art and Design).  As an interdisciplinary writer/curator interested in mobile spaces, transnationalism and alternative economies, she has has written on contemporary art, cultural theory, and visual culture in a range of books and publications including: Space and Culture, Parallax, Prefix Photo and PAJ: Performance Art Journal. In 2008 she was a visiting Fulbright Research Fellow at Arizona State University where she began a project investigating the fragmented cultural geography of border regions in North America. 

Dr Daniele Rugo

Visiting Tutor, Visual Cultures, Goldsmiths

After completing a PhD at Goldsmiths (University of London) he has published on film and philosophy in various journals. His book ‘Jean-Luc Nancy and The Thinking of Otherness’ was published by Bloomsbury in May 2013. He has worked on several film productions and directed the feature length documentary ‘The Olympic Side of London’ (2012), narrated by Iain Sinclair.

Dr Nermin Saybaşılı

Assistant Professor in Art History, Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University, Istanbul

Dr Edgar Schmitz

Artist, Senior Lecturer, Fine Art, Goldsmiths

Edgar is an artist and a lecturer in Critical Studies at Goldsmiths. He serves as the co-director of A Conversation in Many Parts, an international discursive platform for contemporary art and concepts. Recent exhibitions include British Art Show 7 – In The Days of the Comet at Hayward Gallery and touring (2010/11), extra added bonus material, FormContent (2010), Dictionary of War, Steirischer Herbst Graz (2006); A-C-A-D-E-M-Y, Vanabbemuseum Eindhoven (2006); and Liam Gillick: ‘Edgar Schmitz’, ICA London (2005).

Dr Ines Schaber

artist, photographer, and author

In the last couple of years her work was shown at dOCUMENTA (13) in Kassel (in collaboration with the sociologist Avery Gordon), 2012; kw–Institute of Contemporary Art in Berlin (in collaboration with the filmmaker Madhusree Dutta), 2013; the 2014 Steirischer Herbst–Festival of New Art in Graz; the Bundeskunsthalle in Bonn (in collaboration with the artist Stefan Pente), 2013; and the Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor (in collaboration with the architect Mathias Heyden), 2014.

She has contributed to numerous publications and exhibition catalogues, including Topos Raum – Die Aktualität des Raumes in den Künsten der Gegenwart (Berlin: Akademie der Künste, 2005) with the architect Jörg Stollmann, No Matter How Bright the Light, the Crossing Occurs at Night (Cologne: Walther König, 2006), Who says concrete doesn't burn, have you tried?, with Mathias Heyden (Berlin: b_books, 2008), Nancy Holt: Sightlines (Los Angeles: California University Press, 2010), and, with Avery Gordon, The Workhouse–Breitenau Room (Cologne: Walther König, 2014). She was a member of the Berlin artist initiative to have and to need, and is a co-founder of the Berlin Journals–On the History and Present State of the City (with Erik Göngrich, Heimo Lattner, Katja Reichard, and Florian Wüst).

Dr Manuel Singer

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architect and researcher, Post-Doc Senior Scientist, University of Innsbruck, Department of Design

Associate Lecturer, Vienna University of Technology, Department of Urban Design

In his research, Manuel questions what is traditionally deemed architecturally designable by investigating entanglements of spatial organisation, immaterial qualities, productions of subjectivity and regimes of self-government. His doctoral thesis ('Indefinite Workings') is a discussion of incorporeal processes to which architects refer to indirectly when designing dwellings - how they are recognised for their indefinite traits and programmed so as to serve a capitalisation of living. His study on the cleanliness of streets, offices and bodies in London's central financial district ('Clean City') shows to which extent trust in money depends on spatial and personal regimes of hygiene. Manuel participated in various international conferences (e.g. European Doctoral Seminar in Culture, Criticism and Creativity; Futures of Cities), contributed to several publications (e.g. Nowiswere Contemporary Art Magazine, Venturing Permanence) and co-edited a publication on how limits of design inspire a different kind of architectural practice ('Productive Limits', with Sophie Hochhäusl).

Dr Chris Thompson

Associate Professor of Art History,Maine College of Art, ME , and Associate Professor of Independent Research at the Institute for Doctoral Studies in the Visual Arts, Portland

Dr Filipa Lowndes Vicente

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Filipa Lowndes Vicente (Lisbon, 1972), a historian, is a researcher at the Institute of Social Sciences (ICS) of the University of Lisbon. In 2000 she completed her PhD at the University of London (Goldsmiths College, Department of Historical and Cultural Studies). Her PhD thesis was the origin for the book Travels and Exhibitions: D. Pedro V in Nineteenth-Century Europe (Lisbon: Gótica, 2003) which obtained the prize “Victor de Sá” in contemporary history in Portugal (2004). 

After her Goldsmiths PhD, she started working on Colonial India in the 19th and 20th century. Between 2003 and 2009 she was a post-doctoral researcher at the Institute of the History of Art of the Faculdade de Letras (University of Lisbon) and, in 2008-2009, at the Department of Art and Archaeology of the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS-University of London). 

Her Post-doctoral research resulted in a book – Other Orientalisms: India between Florence and Bombay (1860-1900) (Lisbon: ICS, 2009) – that has been published in India and Italy in 2012: Other Orientalisms. India between Florence and Bombay, 1860-1900 (New Delhi: Orient BlackSwan, 2012); Altri Orientalismi. L’India a Firenze (1860-1900) (Firenze: Florence University Press, 2012). 

Another book on Colonial India has been published recently in Lisbon, Between Two Empires: Britsh Travellers in Goa (1800-1940). This work reflects on colonial comparisons between British and Portuguese colonial experiences, and historical and ethnographic writing on Portuguese India written in English and published in the English-speaking world, India or England. 

Her work on women artists and feminist art history has resulted in a book published in Portugal untitled: A Arte sem História. Mulheres e cultura artística (séculos XVI-XX) (Lisbon: Athena, 2012) [Art without History. Women and artistic Culture (16th-20th century).

She coordinated a two-year funded research project Knowledge and Vision. Photography in the Portuguese Colonial Archive and Museum (1850-1950), and the result was an edited book with 30 authors - The Empire of Vision. Photography in the Portuguese Colonial Context (1860-1960), published in 2014.

Her work has concentrated on different kinds of knowledge production in a specific colonial context and on the circulation of this knowledge within a global context, crossing national and colonial borders. Her approach is mainly historical, but her research work greatly benefits from other areas, from visual culture to anthropology. Apart from her most recent work on the history of the production of knowledge on the context of colonial India, both British and Portuguese, some of her other research interests centered mainly on the 19th and 20th centuries are: history of collections, museums and exhibitions, travelling of people and objects, history of photography, cultures of birth, women artists and gender studies. 


Entre dois Impérios: Viajantes Britânicos em Goa (1800-1940) (Lisboa: Tinta-da-China, 2015).

Ed., O Império da Visão. Fotografia no Contexto Colonial Português (1860-1960) (Lisboa: Edições 70, 2014).

Other Orientalisms. India between Florence and Bombay (1860-1900) (New Delhi: Orient BlackSwan, 2012); 

A Arte sem História. Mulheres e cultura artística (séculos XVI-XX) (Lisbon: Babel), 286 pp. [Art without History. Women and artistic Culture (16th-20th century].

Viagens e Exposições: D. Pedro V na Europa do Século XIX (Lisbon: Gótica, 2003 


“A Photograph of four orientalists (Bombay, 1855): knowledge production, religious identities and the negotiation of invisible conflicts”, in Journal of the Economic and Social History of the Orient, 55 (2/3), 2012, pp. 603-636.

“The thousand and one nights of Paris: an Indian traveler at the 1867 Universal Exhibition”, in Quaderns d’Història de l’Enginyeria, 13, 2012, pp. 133-151. 

“Orientalism in the margins: the interest in Indian Antiquity in nineteenth century Italy”, in Res Antiquitatis. Journal of Ancient History, Centro de História de Além-Mar, vol. 1, Lisbon, 2010, pp. 11-37.

“‘The future is a foreign country’”: the visit of the Portuguese King D. Pedro V to 

the Parisian Exposition Universelle of 1855”, Journal of Romance Studies [Institute of Romance Studies, University of London], 3.2 (Summer 2003), pp. 31-48.

“Travelling Objects: the story of two natural history collections in the 19th century”, Portuguese Studies [King’s College, University of London], vol. 19 (Autumn 2003), pp. 19-37.

“The colonies on display: representations of the Portuguese Estado da Índia in exhibitions abroad”, Estudos do Século XX, nº 3 (December 2003), pp. 37-55


Dr Mike Watson

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independent writer, critic for Frieze and Art Review and curator in residence with Nomas Foundation, Rome, managing the project 'Joan of Art: Towards a Free Education'. Visiting Tutor, RCA

His PhD thesis (Goldsmiths College department of Visual Cultures, supervised by Alex Duttmann, moderated by Howard Caygill and Peter Hallward) examined the relationship between Adorno's Shudder and conceptual art, in the interest of conceiving of an art form resistant to societal objectification, as embodied both by scientific pursuit and capitalist endeavour. 

He is currently working on a book for ZerO books, entitled 'JTowards a Conceptual Militancy'. 

He writes for Frieze, Art Review snd Rdicsl Philosophy. 

Dr Philippe Zourgane

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co-directing the firm RozO architectes, Assistant Professor in Theory and Practice of Architectural and Urban Design at the Paris Val de Seine Faculty of Architecture, Paris, France

Philippe Zourgane is an architect, researcher, assistant professor of Architecture and Theory in Paris (ENSAPVS) and director of RozO architecture landscape environment. Researcher in the Architecture Milieu Paysage lab in Paris. He is a co-founder with Severine Roussel of the firm RozO in 1998. He developed and realized architectural and landscape projects in different countries (including France, Reunion Island, Senegal, Italy).

He completed his PhD in the Centre for Research Architecture, Goldsmiths college (University of London) in 2013. He studied Architecture in ENSA Paris Versailles where he obtained his diploma. He is currently writing on different collective books in France, Canada and Austria.

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Radical Bodies in Music Video - Feminism, Queerness, and Subversive Performance of Gender 

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