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MA Global Arts at Goldsmiths University

Rethinking globalisation as cultural and intellectual practice, the MA Global Arts at Goldsmiths University of London is designed for students who are interested in critical approaches to the impact of globalisation, migration and the international circulation of visual culture. This includes an understanding of how art exhibitions respond to issues of globalisation, how activism and critical practices intervene through the arts and their institutions, and how post-colonial experience and theory have moved from geographical margins to cultural centres. This arena of study is critically positioned in the aftermath of anti-colonial struggles for liberation and of their concurrent processes of self-constitution. On the other hand, it considers the demands of the market to produce cultural references that signify clearly across the globe. In dialogue with these tensions, this program begins to map out how, in the twenty-first century, creative practices constitute new realities within globalisation.

MA Global Arts is made up of a five-week core course and two Special Subjects. Additionally, there are collaborative research projects and short residencies at international, affiliated institutions. The core course has two strands and considers the writings of Edward Said, Homi Bhabha, Gayatry Spivak, Trinh T. Minh-Ha and others, and strengthens students' understanding of the salient theories and concepts that inform the field of Global Visual Cultures. Special subjects are 15 weeks, in-depth-taught courses based on the current research interests of staff.

Compulsory Special Subject: Geographies, Irit Rogoff, Simon Harvey. This course engages with an expanded notion of the geographic, specifically the shift from classical post-colonial geography to issues of contemporary cartography. Drawing on key theoretical texts and the works of artists, architects, curators, activists, and philosophers, it explores such issues as urbanity, globalisation, mobility, conflict, migration, citizenship as well as critical concepts as governance, smuggling, informal economies and counter cartography.

Drawing on the histories and theories of political filmmaking from around the world, this course asks how artistic experimentation with the documentary form relates to, and produces new constitutions of the evidential, the political and ultimately the judicial.

Please visit www.goldsmiths.ac.uk/apply to download an application form. Application forms are also available from, and should be returned to, the Admissions Office at Goldsmiths, London University. Applications deadline for 201314 entries is 30 June 2013.

For additional information, please contact Professor Irit Rogoff at i.rogoff@gold.ac.uk, Department of Visual Cultures, www.gold.ac.uk/ma-global-arts