In conversation with Irit Rogoff, Professor at the Department of Visual Cultures, and Weitian Liu, PhD Scholar

Goldsmiths, University of London

We are thrilled to be hosting a Live Zoom Q&A with Prof. Irit Rogoff and our PhD Scholar Weitian Liu on the ‘Advanced Practices’ PhD programme, in conversation with Deputy Director Michèle Ruo Yi Landolt. Launched 18 months ago, the new postgraduate research programme at the Department of Visual Cultures brings together transdisciplinary research and practice, while aiding in conceptualising new formats of PhD research.

Delving into its key fields of study, Irit who leads the ‘Advanced Practices’ programme will provide detailed insights into how the PhD explores the intersections between core ideas in contemporary culture and the ways they entangle with practices. The ‘Advanced Practices’ programme has emerged in response to the research turn in the arts, shifting towards artistic activity propelled by exploring, inventing and restaging knowledge formats.

Weitian will join Irit, sharing his experiences of the course and how the city has been shaping the navigation of his studies and curatorial activities engaging the Sinophone art community in London and beyond. Together, they will answer questions geared towards prospective candidates who are interested in the Scholarship and wish to learn more about the programme ahead of applying.

Bookings for this event have now closed.

Prof. Irit Rogoff is a theorist, curator and organiser who writes at the intersections of the critical, the political and contemporary arts practices. Irit is Professor of Visual Culture at Goldsmiths, a department she founded in 2002. Her work across a series of new 'think tank' PhD programmes at Goldsmiths is focusing on the possibility of exchanging knowledges via professional practices, self-generated forums, academic institutions and individual enthusiasms. Publications include “Museum Culture” (1997), “Terra-Infirma – Geography’s Visual Culture” (2001), "Unbounded - Limits Possibilities" (2008) and forthcoming "Looking Away - Participating Singularities, Ontological Communities" (2010). Curatorial work includes "De-Regulation with the work of Kutlug Ataman" (2005-8) ACADEMY (2006) and "Summit - Non-Aligned Initiatives in education Culture" (2007).

Weitian Liu is a writer and researcher from Suzhou, China, and Asymmetry PhD Scholar in 'Advanced Practices' at Goldsmiths, University of London. He received his BA in English from Shanghai International Studies University, followed by an MLitt in Art History and an MPhil in History of Photography from the University of St Andrews. Weitian co-founded QILU Criticism, an independent online platform for critical discussions on contemporary art in mainland China. He has previously worked on the curatorial team of Life Support: Forms of Care in Art and Activism (2021), an exhibition at Glasgow Women’s Library, and is now an active organiser and member of the initiative 'Gourd Canteen', engaging and empowering the Sinophone art community in the UK and beyond.