8 July 2024
Stop the Redundancies in Visual Cultures

Dear Francis Corner, Imran Chughtai, David Oswell, Ernest Caldwell, Adam Dinham, Stephen Graham, Matthew Cragoe, Dinah Caine

We are writing as the first generation of Masters and doctoral graduates of the Department of Visual Cultures to express our shock and dismay that Goldsmiths is proposing to make eight members of staff in this department redundant. These are members of staff who are our treasured colleagues, former PhD supervisors and our peers who have all made major contributions to the constitution a department that has global significance in opening up the most vibrant, innovative and relevant field of visual studies in the last twenty years. As scholars who trained in Visual Cultures and who now hold positions in leading universities and world-renowned contemporary art institutions, we recognise that the intellectual and artistic contexts that we work in have been shaped to a huge extent by the discourses in art theory and practice developed in this department, including geographies, critical ecologies, postcolonial, feminist, decolonial and queer methods. We were witnesses to, and beneficiaries of, the foundation of Visual Cultures as a distinct department under the visionary leadership of Professor Irit Rogoff. This radical agenda, expanded and enhanced by subsequent heads of department, diverged from the traditional protocols and canonical preoccupations of art history in its commitment to criticality, rights-based research, environmental justice and advanced practices.

These redundancies are an act of intellectual and cultural vandalism and a hugely retrograde step. They represent a threat to Goldsmiths’ reputation for scholarly excellence and innovation and will have lasting damage on students, staff, related departments at Goldsmiths and the wider world community of artists, curators and thinkers at a time when we have never been more in need of creative and rigorous interventions in visual cultures. We are particularly concerned for current and future Masters and doctoral students, as the targeting of senior lecturers and professors for redundancies will leave the department bereft of the necessary experience and accumulated knowledge that our colleagues, former PhD supervisors and peers have built up over decades of scholarship, teaching and academic administration.

It is our hope that you will respond by taking all our colleagues and former supervisors out of scope of redundancy so that Visual Cultures can continue its vital work as a truly ground-breaking department that produces exceptional research and new generations of graduates who will go on to produce agenda-setting work.

Yours sincerely

Name, Position/institutional affiliation, year of graduation from Visual CulturesMA/PhD

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  1. Ros Gray, Reader and Programme Director, MA Art & Ecology, Goldsmiths, University of London, London
  2. Suzana Milevska, PhD in Visual Cultures, 2006, Independent curator, Independent, Skopje
  3. Nicole Archer, Assistant Professor, Department of Art and Design, Montclair State University, New Jersey/New York
  4. Gerard Ortin, PhD student Art Research, Goldsmiths, University of London, London
  5. Dimitra Gkitsa, Lecturer in Curating & Cultural Leadership, University of Southampton
  6. Helena Reckitt, Reader in Curating, Goldsmiths, university of London, London
  7. Elly Clarke, PhD Art Researcher and Lecturer, Goldsmiths, University of London, London
  8. Celine Condorelli, Artist and Professor, HfG Karlsruhe, London
  9. Jessie McLaughlin, PhD Student, Goldsmiths, London
  10. Adela Železnik, Curator, Moderna galerija, Ljubljana
  11. Rowena Harris, PhD student Art Research, Goldsmiths, University of London, London
  12. Gabo Camnitzer, Assistant Professor, University of Massachusetts, Providence
  13. Susan Kelly, Senior Lecturer, Goldsmiths, Art Department, London
  14. Gareth Longstaff, Senior Lecturer, Newcastle University
  15. Petra Bauer, Professor, Stockholm University of the Artd, Stockholm
  16. marion coutts, Reader, co-programme leader, BA Fine Art and History of Art, Goldsmiths, University of London, London
  17. gretchen geraets, Lecturer, Norwich University of the Arts, Norwich
  18. Alice Andrews, PhD Visual Cultures 2012, Lecturer in Visual Cultures, Goldsmiths, University of London
  19. Dr LYNETTE FANTHOME, Lecturer in Critical and Contextual Studies, Staffordshire University, MANCHESTER
  20. Suzanne Sacorafos, Conservator, Freelance, London
  21. Anna Kontopoulou, Curator, Lecturer, Konsthall C, Stockholm, Sweden
  22. Dr Assunta Ruocco, MA Contemporary Art Theory 2010, Lecturer in Fine Art, University of Lincoln, Nottingham
  23. Anna Castelli, Lecturer, Iulm, Milan
  24. Susan McHugh, Professor of Literature, - None -, Auburn
  25. Andrea Khôra, Artist, Goldsmiths, London
  26. Katrine Dirckinck-Holmfeld, PhD, Visual Artist, Independent, Copenhagen
  27. Ben Spatz, Reader, University of Huddersfield, Huddersfield
  28. Lucy Steeds, Senior Lecturer, Edinburgh College of Art, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh
  29. Magdalena Wisniowska, Curator, Munich
  30. Aimar Arriola, PhD in Visual Cultures, 2019., Curator, editor, researcher., Madrid & Bilbao
  31. Sarah Charalambides, PhD Visual Cultures 2020, Lecturer in Visual Cultures, Goldsmiths, London
  32. Emily Pethick, Director, Rijksakademie, Amsterdam
  33. Rosie Spencer, Editor, Brighton
  34. Orsalia Dimitriou, Associate Lecturer, Central Saint Martins, London
  35. Ramon Amaro, Senior Researcher for Digital Culture /Curator Digital, Nieuwe Instituut, Rotterdam
  36. Caroline Stevenson, MA Grad Cultural Studies, Programme Director, London College of Fashion, London
  37. Tomislav Medak, cultural worker & political organiser, Multimedia Institute / MaMa, Zagreb
  38. Giulia Casalini, Curator, MA Visual Cultures, 2012, London
  39. Mary McCarthy, Retired Teacher, BELFAST
  40. Rachel O'Reilly, Artist/Writer/Phd student (suspended), Goldsmiths University, Brisbane
  41. Giovanni Aloi, Professor, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago
  42. Dr James Hellings, Lecturer in Art, University of Reading, Reading
  43. JD Smith, Artist/Writer, Studio Red Dog House, Casares, Spain
  44. Angela Anderson, Artist / Lecturer, Kassel Kunsthochschule, Berlin
  45. Bruno Verner, PhD in Visual Cultures 2022, Sound and Music dept, London College of Communications, UAL, Composer, Associate Lecturer MA Music Production
  46. Lisa Rosendahl, Curator and Professor, Oslo National Academy of the Arts, Oslo/Berlin
  47. Jess Baines, Senior lecturer Contextual &Theoretical Studies, LCC, University of the Arts London, London
  48. Julia Morandeira Arrizabalaga, Director, KADIST, Paris
  49. Roberto Cavallini, Film producer & member of the European Film Academy, Albolina Film, Trento (Italy)
  50. Rana Hamadeh, Artist, Rotterdam
  51. Ane Rodríguez Armendariz, Curator, researcher, institutional practitioner, MA Contemporary Art Theory, 2020, Madrid
  52. Mike Watson, PhD in Visual Cultures, Goldsmiths, 2012, OULU
  53. Gema Darbo, Curator, PhD Advanced Practices, Goldsmiths, London
  54. Adeena Mey, MA Aural & Visual Cultures 2008, Editor & Research Fellow, Afterall, CSM, UAL, London
  55. Amal Khalaf, Curator / Director, Cubitt Artists / Sharjah Art Foundation, London
  56. Didem pekun, PhD in Visual Cultures, 2016, Istanbul Berlin
  57. Rayya Badran, Writer, MA Aural and Visual Cultures 2008, Beirut
  58. Juliana Mainard-Sardon, Research Fellow, Nottingham Trent University, Nottingham
  59. Margit Neuhold, MA Contemporary Art Theory, 2009., Writer and Lecturer, Graz
  60. Flora Dunster, MA Contemporary Art Theory 2014, Course Leader MA Contemporary Photography, Central Saint Martins, London
  61. Owen Parry, Lecturer Fine Art Critical Studies (PhD in Visual Cultures 2014), Central Saint Martins UAL, London
  62. Sebastian Truskolaski, Lecturer in German Cultural Studies, University of Manchester, (PhD, Vis Cult, 2016)
  63. Lendl Barcelos, MA in Aural & Visual Cultures 2014, Artist, Porto
  64. Leena Robertson, Associate Professor, Middlesex University, London
  65. Waradas Thiyagaraja, Lecturer, University of Bath, Bath
  66. Jenny Doussan, Lecturer, Goldsmiths, London
  67. Alex ressel, PhD student and Goldsmiths visual cultures alumnus 2009, Griffith university, Darwin
  68. Paola Debellis Alvarez, PHD student in Visual Cultures, Goldsmiths, London
  69. Oriana Fox, Visual Cultures PhD 2019, Lecturer, City & Guilds of London Art School, London
  70. Janice Armstrong, Teacher of Art and Design, Shetland Islands Council, Levenwick
  71. Naomi Hennig, PhD student, Department of Visal Cultures, Goldsmiths
  72. Solveig Suess, PhD Candidate, Filmmaker, Basel University, Basel
  73. Irina Botea bucan, faculty, The School of The Art Institute, Chicago
  74. Linda Schilling Cuellar, PhD Student Research Architecture, CRA, Goldsmiths, University of London, London
  75. Amit S. Rai, Lecturer, Queen Mary University of London, London
  76. Georgia Perkins, PhD, Visual Cultures at Goldsmiths University of London
  77. Mercedes Fernandez, Goldsmiths Graduate School Fellow, London
  78. Madeleine Collie, Teaching Associate, Monash University, Elwood
  79. John Russell, Head of Department, School of Art, University of Reading, Reading
  80. Florencia Portocarrero MA Contemporary Art Theory Goldsmiths (2014-2015), Curator, Independent, Lima
  81. Rosy Martin, Artist, London
  82. Esther Siddiquie, PhD Student, Advanced Practices Goldsmiths, London
  83. Alison Moloney, PhD student, Advanced Practices Goldsmiths, London
  84. Charles Esche, Professor and Museum director, Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven
  85. Borbala Soos, Curator, Stanley Picker Gallery, London
  86. virginia lazaro villa, PhD Student, Goldsmiths University, London
  87. Ruth Lipschitz, Lecturer, University of Johannesburg, Johannesburg
  88. Flora Brown, Goldsmiths Student
  89. Jeremi Glazewski, Student in Visual Cultures, Goldsmiths, University of London, London
  90. Chris Fremantle, Research Fellow, Ayr
  91. Heidi Rustgaard, MRes Advanced Practises 2023, Choreographer, curator & lecturer, H2DANCE, Fest en Fest & Trinity Laban, London
  92. Alena Kavka, MA student in Contemporary Art Theory, Goldsmiths University, London
  93. Dr Claire M. Holdsworth, Writer, curator, archivist, lecturer, Central Saint Martins, UAL, London
  94. Agata Hosnova, Curator, graduate of BA Curating, Berlinskej model Gallery/Academy of Arts, Architecture, Design, Prague
  95. Clare Pritchard, Lecturer, Cardiff
  96. Kate Burgess, MA Student and Public Librarian, Goldsmiths and Lewisham Council, London
  97. J. Mark Bishop, Retired Professor, Ex-Goldsmiths, London
  98. Tomas Percival, PhD Research Architecture, Goldsmiths, University of London, London
  99. Dont Rhine, Artist, Los Angeles
  100. Carô Gervay, Artist, London
  101. Ciaran Maunder, Student, Goldsmiths, London
  102. Natasha Adey, MA CAT, Goldsmiths UoL, London
  103. Gabrielle Decamous, Associate Professor, Kyushu University, Fukuoka, Japan
  104. jurga daubaraite, curator/tutor, Dutch Art Institute, Neringa Forest Architecture, Vilnius
  105. Gerald Nestler, Artist and Researcher, Vienna
  106. Tony Cokes, Artist, Professor, Modern Culture and Media Department, Brown University, Providence
  107. George Kalivis, PhD Candidate, Goldsmiths, University of London, London
  108. Ariel Zhang, Student, Goldsmiths, London
  109. Yuhang Zhang, PhD Student, Goldsmiths, London
  110. Faiza A Khan, Filmmaker, India
  111. Joselyne Contreras, Curador and Lecturer, UDP, Santiago, Chile
  112. Maria Taniguchi, artist, Manila
  113. Jazmin Hall, Student, Leeds Beckett University, Keighley
  114. Paola Bascon, Student MA Art&Ecology, Goldsmiths, London
  115. Leire Vergara, Curator, Bulegoa z/b, Bilbao
  116. Shivanjani Lal, Artist, MA Artist Film and Moving Image, Lidcombe
  117. Chiara Haefliger, Student, Visual Cultures, Goldsmiths College, London
  118. sirun chen, teacher, OAOA ART, Chengdu
  119. Emre Ataman, Student, Goldsmiths University, London
  120. Hollis McConkey, Student, Visual Cultures, Goldsmiths College, London
  121. Hanna Rullmann, filmmaker, designer, MA Research Architecture 2018
  122. Jiatong Yuan, Student, Arr and Ecology, London
  123. Andrea Mason, artist, UAL, London
  124. Raphaël Grisey, Artist and researcher, Berlin
  125. sarah koekkoek, student, London
  126. Vinati Sehgal, Visual Artist, PhD Advanced Practices, Goldsmiths, Delhi
  127. Maddy Ginger, student, Goldsmiths, London
  128. Ieesha Barnett, Marketing executive, MAIDSTONE
  129. Gillian Robin, Masters Student: Department of Visual Cultures, Goldsmiths, University of London, London
  130. Ryann Donnelly, Goldsmiths Visual Cultures PhD, 2017, Lecturer, Art History, University of Sussex, Brighton
  131. Clara Christiansen, Student, Visual Cultures, Goldsmiths, London
  132. Emily Gibbons-Filippini, MA Contemporary Art Theory, Goldsmiths, London
  133. Lisa Skuret, MA Contemporary Art Theory 2009, Artist Researcher & Writer, London
  134. rachael finney, Course Leader and Senior Lecturer, MA Music Production, University of the Arts London, London
  135. Lucy A. Sames, Curator, Lecturer and Visual Cultures graduate 2011
  136. Abelone Jochumsen, Head of Comics, Egmont Creative Solutions, Copenhagen
  137. Stu Hansom, Designer, NHS/freelance researcher, Leeds/London
  138. Janice Cheddie, Researcher Translating the Image: Cross Cultural Contemporary Arts, Visual Cultures 2000-2005, Independent scholar, London
  139. Ellen Feiss, Assistant Professor, Providence College, Providence RI
  140. Divya Kishore, Student, London
  141. Marianna Tsionki, Associate Professor, Leeds Arts University
  142. Denise Ferreira da Silva, Professor, New York University, New York
  143. Helen Brewer, PhD graduate, Centre for Research Architecture, Goldsmiths, London
  144. Amy Jones, Curator, Wysing Arts Centrr, Cambridge
  145. Subhasree Biswas, København Nv
  146. Paolo Plotegher, Art Psychotherapist, Queen Margaret University, Glasgow
  147. Stephanie Post, MA CAT 2010, Director, Office for Contemporary Art Aotearoa, Auckland
  148. Jesper Christiansen, Founder, Christiansen & Co, København Ø
  149. Tara Plath, MA Research Architecture 2019, PhD student, University of California, Santa Barbara
  150. Christine Tohme, Curator, Ashkal Alwan, Lebanon
  151. Celia Jameson, Teacher, jameson.celia@gmail.com, London
  152. Zoe Keller, PhD student 1st year, Goldsmiths, A/P visual cultures, University of London
  153. Ross Hammond, Artist, London
  154. David Ferrando Giraut, Time-based Media Tutor, Goldsmiths, London
  155. Célia Hay, Artist, London
  156. Catherine Yass, Artist, London
  157. Warren Harper, Graduate School Fellow, Goldsmiths, University of London
  158. Asadour santourian, Arts Administrator, Arts Consultant, Ashland
  159. Helen Barff, Artist, London
  160. Azar Mahmoudian, Independent curator and educator, azar.md@gmail.com, Tehran
  161. Joe Burrows, Student, MARA, London
  162. Boris Ondreička, curator, freelance, Bratislava
  163. Ifor Duncan, Lecturer in Research Architecture & Visual Cultures, Goldsmiths, London
  164. Will Aghoghogbe, MA Student in Contemporary Art Theory, Goldsmiths Dept of Visual Cultures, Warwick
  165. Daphne Vitali, Curator, National Museum of Contemporary Art, Athens (EMST), Athens / Rome
  166. Asli Uludag, PhD student and artist, Goldsmiths, University of London
  167. Gabriella Alberti, ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR, University of Leeds, Leeds
  168. Valeria Graziano, Lecturer, Justus-Liebig University, Giessen
  169. yathukulan Yogarajah, Lecturer in Anthropology, University College London, London
  170. Aiwen yin, Incoming PhD student, Rotterdam
  171. Weitian Liu, PHD student in Advanced Practices, Goldsmiths, University of London, London
  172. Hang Li, researcher, royal college of art, London
  173. Kika Thorne, Artist, OCAD University, Toronto
  174. Dev Varma, PhD student, Centre for Research Architecture, Goldsmiths, London
  175. Sara Haq, Artist, monkey tree projects, London
  176. Edgar Schmitz, Director Art Research MPhil/ PhD programme, Goldsmiths, PhD in Visual Cultures 2009, London
  177. Grant Watson, Curator, Royal College of Art, London
  178. Stephanie Cubbin, Head of Arts, St Marylebone, london
  179. Carmina Masoliver, Student, Goldsmiths, London
  180. Christopher Atkins, Curator, Sioux City Art Center, Sioux City
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