Dr. Adnan Madani

Staff details

Dr. Adnan Madani


Lecturer in Visual Cultures


Visual Cultures


a.madani (@gold.ac.uk)

Goldsmiths Research Centres/Groups

Contemporary South Asia and its diaspora, Islamic philosophy, race, curating, theories of justice, globalisation

Adnan Madani is an artist, curator and theorist, working on issues in contemporary South Asian and Muslim global and diasporic cultures, as well as on philosophies of globalisation, race, and intercultural encounter.

Academic qualifications

  • PhD, Goldsmiths, University of London 2016
  • MA Contemporary Art Theory, Goldsmiths, University of London 2006

Teaching and supervision

I am currently a co-convenor of Advanced Practices, an interdisciplinary postgraduate programme within Visual Cultures. I also teach "Curating and Justice: Race, Representation, Reparation" on the MA Contemporary Art Theory, as well as teaching across several modules on the BA History of Art, including "Contemporaneities" and "Space and Time".

My current PhD supervision topics include "The Post-photographic Image", "Images of Violence in Mexico's Visual Culture", "Evangelical Christianity, Art Activism and Political Care in Brazil", "The Leisure Archives of British-Indian Soldiers in the Second World War", and "Hysteria, Possession and Women's Bodies in Brunei".

Research interests

As part of the research cluster in Philosophy, Critical and Visual Theory, I work in the areas of continental philosophy, as well as in ordinary language analytic philosophy and non-Western (specifically Islamic and Indian) philosophy. A significant part of my research has drawn on Wittgenstein's later work, especially in relation to issues of incommensurability, culture, value and forms of life. I have also written on Jean-Luc Nancy, Talal Asad and on the philosophy and anthropology of religion more broadly. My current research explores the relation between the curatorial and ideas of justice, from spaces of transitional justice in conflict zones to contemporary exhibition making and forensic practices.

Publications and research outputs


Martinon, Jean-Paul and Madani, Adnan. 2024. Visual Cultures as World-Forming. Berlin: Sternberg Press. ISBN 9783956795374

Book Section

Madani, Adnan. 2022. The Frame as Borderland: Islam, Allegory and the DIstance from Here. In: Saira Ansari, ed. Bani Abidi: The Artist Who. Berlin: Hatje Cantz Verlag, pp. 134-149. ISBN 9783775752886

Madani, Adnan. 2021. Rana Begum's Abstraction. In: Anita Dawood, ed. Rana Begum: Space, Light, Colour. London: Lund Humphries, pp. 163-167. ISBN 9781848225329

Gaur, Meenu and Madani, Adnan. 2020. The Ghost in the Projector: New Pakistani Cinema & its Hauntings. In: Vazira Zamindar and Asad Ali, eds. Love, War & Other Longings: Essays on Cinema in Pakistan. Karachi, Pakistan: Oxford University Press Pakistan, pp. 48-72. ISBN 9780190701857


Madani, Adnan. 2020. On Reman Sadani's "Walkout 1". Jerwood/FVU Awards 2020: Hindsight,

Madani, Adnan. 2018. The frame as borderland: Secular gazes and believing bodies in Bani Abidi’s The Distance From Here (2010). Moving Image Review & Art Journal, 7(2), pp. 236-250. ISSN 2045-6298

Madani, Adnan. 2018. Cloud Memories, Desert Dreams. Hybrid, Journal of Visual Culture, 1(1),

Art Object

Madani, Adnan. 2023. The Gardener and the Terrorist.

Madani, Adnan and Alesworth, David. 2019. Phasmid Project, Fig.1 and Fig.2.

Printed Ephemera

Madani, Adnan. 2020. Terra Nullius.

Professional Activity

Madani, Adnan. 2024. Advisory Board Member, Suleman Annual Grant for Arts (SAGA).

Madani, Adnan. 2023. Member, Board of Studies of the Graduate Programme (MPhil in Art and Design), Indus Valley School of Art and Architecture, Karachi.

Madani, Adnan. 2022. CHASE selection panel 2022.


Rana, Rashid. 2021. Eart: A Manifesto of Possibilities. In: "Eart: A Manifesto of Possibilities", Manchester, United Kingdom, 1 - 18 July 2021.

Madani, Adnan; Abidi, Bani; Dadi, Iftikhar and Talpur, Mohammad Ali. 2016. Art Sabka?: Pakistani Cinema Reflected. In: "Art Sabka?: Pakistani Cinema Reflected", Foundation for the Museum of Modern Art, Karachi, Pakistan.


Madani, Adnan. 2016. Formations of the Contemporary : Islam, Globalization and Art. Doctoral thesis, Goldsmiths, University of London

Professional projects

I am an Academic Board Member for the Postgraduate Programme at Indus Valley School of Art and Architecture, and an Advisory Board member for the Suleman Annual Grant for Arts. I am also a regular visiting lecturer and examiner/juror at Beaconhouse National University, Lahore, Indus Valley School of Art and Architecture, Karachi and National College of Arts, Lahore.