Participants

Chris Berry is Professor of Film and Television Studies at Goldsmiths. His research is focused on Chinese screen-based media. His publications include  (with Mary Farquhar) Cinema and the National: China on Screen (Columbia University Press and Hong Kong University Press, 2006); Postsocialist Cinema in Post-Mao China: The Cultural Revolution after the Cultural Revolution (New York: Routledge, 2004); (edited with Ying Zhu) TV China (Indiana University Press, 2008); and (editor) Chinese Films in Focus II (British Film Institute, 2008).

Sonia Boyce works across media, from drawing to print, sound, photography and video installations, Sonia Boyce has a practice that is highly performative and involves the participation of other people in what she likes to call “improvised collaborations”¹. Since the 1980s she has exhibited widely in the UK and abroad.

Paramita Brahmachari is a PhD student in Cultural Studies at the Centre for Studies in Social Sciences, Calcutta also affiliated with Jadavpur University, Department of Film Studies. Her doctoral dissertation is on formal and ideological shifts in Hindi mainstream cinema in the period following the economic liberalization of India.

Bernadette Buckley is a Lecturer in International Politics at Goldsmiths, University of London.  Her research focuses on the shifting boundaries between ‘political’ and ‘creative’ practices.  She has published broadly on themes of art and terror(ism) and on the relationship between contemporary art practices and ‘heritage’.

Rangan Chakravarty is a film maker, television producer and editor of a Sunday supplement. He is 51 and based in Kolkata. Rangan worked in advertising for 15 years before leaving for New York, where he did an MA in Media Studies at the New School (University). He then did a D.Phil in Media studies at Sussex.

Andrew Cross‘ photographs and films reflect his interests in landscape, journeys, place and memory. His projects include An English Journey commissioned by the John Hansard Gallery, University of Southampton and Film & Video Umbrella. An exhibition of his railway related videos has just opened at George Eastman House Museum of Photography and Film, Rochester NY. Before he began practicing as an artist he worked as a curator of exhibitions including Asia City held at the Photographers’ Gallery, London in 1998.

Marko Daniel has been Curator of Public Programmes at Tate Modern since May 2006. Before then, he was Director of the Graduate School at Winchester School of Art, University of Southampton, where he was responsible for the School’s PhD students in art history and theory, fine art, design, museum studies and conservation. Between 2000 and 2003, he was a visiting lecturer at the Center for Art and Technology, Taipei National University of Arts, where he set up a critical theory programme for visual artists, musicians and computer programmers working across a wide range of electronic and multi-media arts.

Michael Dutton is Research Professor in Political Cultures at Griffith Asia Institute and a Professor of Politics at Goldsmiths, University of London. His research is characterized by a strong interest in contemporary social and cultural theory wed to a specific ‘archive’ called China. His current interests relate to gifts, the friend/enemy distinction, and everyday life in the flow of urban politics. Along with Sanjay Seth, he is a founding co-editor of the international journal Postcolonial Studies (1998-) and author of a number of books including Policing Chinese Politics: A History (Duke 2005) —which won the 2007 Joseph Levenson Award for the best book on contemporary China— and, most recent, the co-authored volume Beijing Time (Harvard UP).

Harriet Evans is Professor of Chinese Cultural Studies, and Co-ordinator of Asian Studies Research at the Centre for the Study of Democracy, University of Westminster. She has written extensively on the politics of gender and sexuality in China in journals and edited volumes, and is author of Women and Sexuality in China: Dominant Discourses of Female Sexuality and Gender since 1949 (Polity Press, 1997), and The Subject of Gender: Daughters and Mothers in Urban China (Rowman and Littlefield, 2007). She co-edited (with Stephanie Donald) Picturing Power in the People’s Republic of China; Posters of the Cultural Revolution (1999). She is currently working on an oral and photographic history of revolution and urban transformation in central Beijing over the past fifty years. Evans was President of the British Association for Chinese Studies (2002-2005).

Robert Fine is professor of sociology at the University of Warwick. His current interests include a revisionist interpretation of the Marx-Hegel relationship, the application to social theory of the work of Hannah Arendt, taking the ‘ism’ out of cosmopolitanism, and connected histories between racism and antisemitism.

Rachel Garfield is an artist, gaining her PhD at the Royal College of Art in contemporary Jewish identity in the visual arts. Garfield exhibits widely and publishes critical texts. The chapter ŒForm As Cipher: A Tradition of Painting¹, (ed) Rasheed Araeen, The Whole Story: Art in Post-war Britain, London: Routledge /ACE is forthcoming.

Raimi Gbadamosi, artist, writer, curator, received his Doctorate from the Slade School of Fine Art and is a member of the Interdisciplinary Research Group ‘Afroeuropeans’, Spain, and the ‘Black Body’ group, London. Recent exhibitions include: Tentativa De Agotar Un Lugar Africano, CASM, Barcelona 2008; Human Cargo, Plymouth Museum & Art Gallery, Plymouth 2007; Port City, Arnolfini, Bristol 2007. Books include: incredulous; ordinary people; extraordinary people; contents; Drink Horizontal; Drink Vertical; The Dreamers’ Perambulator; and four word. He is an Ambassador of The Republic (http://www.the-republic.net)

Sandi Hilal, Born 1973, Bethlehem, Palestine. She is an architect and 
researcher in trans border policies of daily life at the University of Trieste,
Italy.

Harry Harootunian is the Max Palevsky Professor of History and Civilizations, University of Chicago, Professor of History and East Asian Studies, NYU, and Senior Research Professor EALC, Columbia University. His most recent publication is a book, in Japanese, “The Struggle between History and Memory,” (Misuzu, 2008), “Messages in a Bottle,” interview with Japanese film maker Adachi Masao, boundary 2, 2008, “Heroes et victimes” La Revue internationsale Des Livres et des idees,sept-oct, 2008; “Surplus d’histoires, exces de memoires,” revuedeslivres.net; “Said’s Antimonies,” in Waiting for the Barbarians, edited by Muge Gursoy Somen and Basak Ertur, Verso, 2008.

Virginia Nimarkoh is an artist based in London. Her practice incorporates photography, curating, writing and publishing. She was awarded a PhD in Fine Art Theory & Practice from Goldsmiths in 2006. She will be discussing her AHRC funded project, which she is currently researching at Camberwell College of Arts.

Richard Noble‘s research interests are concentrated in three areas : the critical evaluation of contemporary art production, critical theory and the interrelation of art and politics. My educational and professional background has primarily been in political philosophy. I began to research and write about art in the mid-1990s, and have devoted my full professional attention to the subject since 2002. My main area of scholarly interest is in visual art that engages in one way or another with the political ; I am interested in the political impact of visual art and also the boundaries between aesthetics and politics. My interests are primarily philosophical, but over the course of the last four years I have written about a fairly wide range of artists as well as the theoretical problems associated with art and politics. I am currently working on three projects : a reader for Whitechapel Projects/MIT Press on Utopias ; an introduction to art theory ; and an essay on the Spanish artist Cristina Iglesias.

Raj Pandey teaches in Politics at Goldsmiths and while her research principally focuses on gender, body and sexuality in medieval and modern Japan she also works on contemporary popular culture. Focusing on cultural artefacts such as manga and anime, she employs them, like Kraucaur’s diagnostic categories, to speak of the intersection between pre-modern sacred forms of understanding the world and Japan’s ‘post-modern’ condition. She is the author of Writing and Renunciation in Medieval Japan: The Works of the Poet-Priest Kamo no Chõmei, University of Michigan, Japanese Monograph Series, Ann Arbor, Michigan, 1998 and is currently working on the body in Medieval Japanese literature.

Alessandro Petti, Born 1973, Pescara. He is an architect and researcher in
urban studies at the University Institute of Architecture of Venice, Italy.

Sanjay Seth is Professor of Politics at Goldsmiths, where he is also Director of the Centre for Postcolonial Studies. He has written extensively on postcolonial theory, social and political theory, and modern Indian history. He is a founding co-editor of the international journal Postcolonial Studies (1998-), and author, most recently, of Subject Lessons: The Western Education of Colonial India (Duke University Press, 2007 and Oxford University Press, India 2008).

Qasim Riza Shaheen is an artist based in Manchester, UK.  His work has been programmed widely including at The National Review of Live Art, Glasgow; Liverpool Biennial; Port City & Breathing Space at Arnolfini in Bristol; Castlefield Gallery in Manchester;  Alhamra Gallery in Lahore, Pakistan where he has recently completed a residency with the National College of Arts.  He is currently Associate Artist at the greenroom in Manchester and the founder/artistic director of Anokha Laadla, a live art company based in the UK.

Alberto Toscano is a lecturer in sociology at Goldsmiths, University of London and an editor of the journal Historical Materialism. He is the author of The Theatre of Production: Philosophy and Individuation Between Kant and Deleuze (Palgrave, 2006), translator of Alain Badiou’s Logics of Worlds (Continuum, 2009), The Century (Polity, 2007), Handbook of Inaesthetics (Stanford, 2005), and co-editor of Alain Badiou’s Theoretical Writings (Continuum, 2004) and On Beckett (Clinamen, 2003). He has also co-translated and prefaced Éric Alliez’s The Signature of the World (Continuum, 2004) and Antonio Negri’s Political Descartes (Verso, 2007). He is currently writing a book on the politics of fanaticism.

John Timberlake is an artist whose work deals primarily with pictorialism, fictions and landscape. He is an alumnus of the Whitney Museum Independent Study Program and currently PhD candidate in the Art Department at Goldsmiths.  He teaches on the Fine Art Programme at Middlesex University.

Leon Wainwright is Lecturer in History of Art and Design at Manchester Metropolitan University (UK), Visiting Scholar at University of California Berkeley, and a member of the editorial board of the journal Third Text. His forthcoming monograph explores the theme of art and the transnational Caribbean.

Lindsay Waters was raised on a farm in Illinois, went to a series of Catholic schools through college, and then earned a PhD on English at the University of Chicago with a dissertation of Byron and the Italian connection.  He taught for several years before jumping ship to sign on as an editor at the University of Minnesota Press where he published books in economics and philosophy and founded the Theory and History of Literature series in which he published Lyotard’s POSTMODERN CONDITION, many books by Paul de Man including BLINDNESS AND INSIGHT, Deleuze and Guattari, Theweleit’s MALE FANTASIES. He moved on the Harvard University Press in 1984 where he has published a series of literary histories  which will culminate next year in September 09 in the NEW LITERARY HISTORY OF AMERICA, edited by Greil Marcus and Werner Sollors. He has published at Harvard over three thousand pages of the writings of Walter Benjamin, most recently THE WORK OF ART IN THE AGE OF ITS TECHNOLOGICAL REPRODUCIBILITY AND OTHER WRITINGS ON THE MEDIA. He has published a series of books by the radical feminist law professor Catharine A. MacKinnon, and many of the best works in contemporary Anglo-American
philosophy from John McDowell to Annette Baier.    While publishing he began to write, first  a “Life and Works of Paul de Man,” then “The Age of Incommensurability,” and a series of essays in aesthetics. He is at work on a book called SLOW WRITING.  The manifesto for that position was published under that name in the CHRONICLE OF HIGHER EDUCATION.  He has been writing about the structure of the university and the pressures on publishing. He published in 2004 ENEMIES OF PROMISE: PUBLISHING, PERISHING, AND THE ECLIPSE OF SCHOLARSHIP, which won raves in the TIMES HIGHER and was attacked and praised in equal measure.  It has come out in Portuguese and French and is about to appear in Chinese. Waters has been traveling to Asia, mostly the PRC, regularly since 1991.  His book on aesthetics came out in Chinese first from Peking University Press.  He has been developing books having to do with China for years and this is what led him to Michael Dutton and commissioning his BEIJING TIME.

Eyal Weizman studied architecture at the Architectural Association in London and completed his PhD at the London Consortium, Birkbeck College. He was Professor of Architecture at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna. His work includes buildings and stage sets in Israel/Palestine and Europe. Weizman works with a variety of NGOs and Human right groups in Israel/Palestine. He co-curated the exhibition A Civilian Occupation, The Politics of Israeli Architecture, and co-edited the publication of the same title. These projects were based on his human-rights research, and were banned by the Israeli Association of Architects. They were later shown in the exhibition Terriories in New York, Berlin, Rotterdam, San Francisco, Malmoe, Tel Aviv and Ramallah. Weizman has taught, lectured and organised conferences in many institutions worldwide. His books include Hollow Land [forthcoming with Verso Books], A Civilian Occupation [Verso Books, 2003], the series Territories 1,2 and 3, Yellow Rhythms and many articles in journals, magazines and edited books. Weizman is a regular contributors to many journals and magazines and is an editor at large for Cabinet Magazine (New York). Weizman is the recipient of the James Stirling Memorial Lecture Prize for 2006-2007.

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