Nikos Papastergiadis

Nikos Papastergiadis is the co-founder and Research Professor of the Research Unit in Public Cultures, and Professor at the School of Culture and Communication at The University of Melbourne. He studied at The University of Melbourne and The University of Cambridge. Prior to returning to The University of Melbourne he was a lecturer at The University of Manchester. Throughout his career, Nikos has provided strategic consultancies for government agencies on issues relating to cultural identity, and worked on collaborative projects with artists and theorists of international repute, such as John Berger, Jimmie Durham and Sonya Boyce. Nikos’ work is focused around the interplay between mobility and culture. In particular it explores the ways in which artists examine the role of displacement and migration in relationship to contemporary culture. Nikos has explored these themes in relation to individual artists and to interventions in public space, on both a micro and a large scale. His recent publication Ambient Screens and Transnational Public Spaces (2016) and his current work on cosmopolitanism are attempts to understand new forms of sociality and new expressions of cultural belonging that are realised in the widest possible frames.

Other publications include Modernity as Exile (1993), Dialogues in the Diaspora (1998), The Turbulence of Migration (2000), Metaphor and Tension (2004), Spatial Aesthetics: Art, Place and the Everyday (2006), and Cosmopolitanism and Culture (2012), as well as being the editor of over 10 collections, author of numerous essays which have been translated into over a dozen languages and appeared in major catalogues such as the Biennales of Sydney, Liverpool, Istanbul, Gwanju, Taipei, Lyon, Thessaloniki and Documenta 13. He is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities, Fellow of the Cambridge Commonwealth Trust, a Member of Clare College Cambridge, a Visiting Fellow at the University of Tasmania School of Art, Advisory Board Member to the University of South Australia School of Art and Architecture, co-chair of the Greek Centre for Contemporary Culture, and Chair of the International Advisory Board for the Centre for Contemporary Art, Singapore.

related publications

Ambient Screens and Transnational Public Spaces (2016).

Spatial Aesthetics: Art, Place and the Everyday (2006).

The Turbulence of Migration (2000).