Dr Leon Wainwright BA (UEA) MA PhD (SOAS)
I began my university teaching career in 1997 at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS, University of London), before moving to become a Research Fellow in Visual Culture and Media at Middlesex University (2000-2002) where I helped to set up the national curriculum change project, 'Globalising Art, Architecture and Design History', GLAADH. I held the post of Lecturer in Art History at the University of Sussex (2002-2004) and completed long-term fieldwork in 2004-2005 on an extensive look at issues around art and social agency in Trinidad, Guyana and other locations in the Caribbean, with support from The Leverhulme Trust (Early Career Fellowship) and Sussex. Before moving to the OU in June 2011, I was Reader in History of Art at Manchester Metropolitan University. From 2014 to 2015, I occupied the inaugural position of Kindler Chair in Global Contemporary Art at Colgate University in New York.
I recently won the Philip Leverhulme Prize, awarded by The Leverhulme Trust ‘to outstanding young scholars of substantial distinction and promise’.
The path of my work as an art historian has spanned a range of disciplines and topics, with several lines of inquiry into art in an expanded and interconnected global field.
I have worked to redefine the geographical scope of the mainstream of art history as a discipline through the study of art and geographical movement in Europe, North America, the Caribbean and Asia. I have also shown how art history may interact more creatively with art practice, museum curating, arts organising, and the public understanding of art.
At present I am preparing for publication two single-authored books: Phenomenal Difference: A Philosophy of Black British Art (forthcoming in 2016), and Caribbean Creativity and Innovation in a World of Movement, a study in the political geography of Spanish, English and Dutch-speaking Caribbean art communities.
I am also co-editing the Routledge Companion to Global Art Histories (with Diana Newall and Grant Pooke), and a new volume in the Wiley Blackwell book series Art in Theory: An Anthology of Changing Ideas (with Charles Harrison and Paul Wood) -- the latest volume in the well-known Art in Theory titles.
Since 2010, I have served as Principal Investigator on three Research Council UK/European Union-funded projects, each with project partners in two or more European countries.
Most recently, I was Principal Investigator of ‘Sustainable Art Communities: Creativity and Policy in the Transnational Caribbean’, with Co-Investigator, Professor Dr. Kitty Zijlmans (University of Leiden), the Tropenmuseum, Amsterdam, and the Institute for International Visual Arts (inIVA), London. The project ran for two years from September 2012 and explored how the understanding and formation of sustainable communities for the English and Dutch-speaking Caribbean and their diasporas may be supported by art practice, curating and museums. It has fostered networks of exchange and collaboration funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO).
The project builds on two previous internationally-funded projects:
- ‘Creativity and Innovation in a World of Movement’. Led by Queen's University in Belfast, this consortium of four projects each had a Principal Investigator, of which I was one. Through my project’s overseas fieldwork and range of publications, I focused attention on the patterns and relationships between art and world-wide experiences of human migration and global flows of capital. Among the outcomes of this grant was a deeper art historical understanding of the contemporary Caribbean and dissemination of knowledge to other disciplines – namely social anthropology, religious studies and museum ethnography -- and the knowledge transfer website, ‘CIM:Resource’ which was designed as a research-informed application for teaching and learning. This interdisciplinary collaboration between universities in the UK, Norway and the Netherlands was funded by the European Science Foundation (as part of a €1,000,000, HERA JRP consortium in the largest EU-wide funding scheme in the humanities).
- 'Disturbing Pasts: Memories, Controversies and Creativity’ connected three of the international consortia funded by HERA (CIM, PhotoCLEC and MAW), and I served as its Principal Investigator. This received significant Knowledge Transfer and Network Funding from the Humanities in the European Research Area, Joint Research Programme (HERA JRP, European Science Foundation). It included an international conference (November 2012, Museum for Ethnology, Vienna), that brought together artists, photographers, curators, policy-makers and academics from diverse disciplinary backgrounds, and was covered extensively in the Open University’s Open Arts Archive and a themed issue of the Open Arts Journal, co-edited with Uilleam Blacker and Elizabeth Edwards.
Kindler Chair in Global Contemporary Art, Colgate University, New York
Editor-in-chief, the Open Arts Journal
Member of international evaluation panel of the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO)
External Examiner, MA Contemporary Art, The Sotheby’s Institute of Art
Academic Visitor, Department of History of Art, University of Oxford
Academic Visitor, School of Anthropology and Museum Ethnography, University of Oxford
Visiting Fellow, Yale Center for British Art
Visiting Fellow, Arts Research Center and the Department of Art History, University of California Berkeley
2005-2012 Member of the Editorial Board of the journal Third Text: Critical Perspectives on Contemporary Art and Culture, (Routledge, Taylor and Francis)
Co-curator, with Reyahn King, (Director of Art Galleries, National Museums Liverpool) of 'Aubrey Williams: Atlantic Fire': the first nationally-funded, major retrospective exhibition of the Guyana-born painter. www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/walker/exhibitions/aubrey/
Member of the review group for the subject benchmark statement for History of Art, Architecture and Design, the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education
Member of the Peer Review College of The Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), UK; the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada; the European Science Foundation; and reviewer for numerous academic journals and publishers
Member of the Ferguson Centre for African and Asian Studies, The Open University
I warmly welcome informal enquiries about studying for a PhD in an area that would illuminate new directions for art history, focusing on the theoretical, curatorial or educational aspects of the discipline in the modern and contemporary periods. This might involve setting a challenge to the traditionally Western focus of art history as a discipline, perhaps with reference to the Caribbean, India, or black and Asian British culture, or addressing issues about historical memory and institutional power from within colonial and postcolonial histories.
Impact and engagement
For my main list of publications under the UK's Research Excellence Framework (a periodic peer-evaluation of research), please go to the PUBLICATIONS TAB ABOVE. Other, supporting published outputs not listed there are as follows:
'Water on the Brain: Global Imaginations', 2015, Museum De Lakenhal, Leiden, http://lakenhal.nl/en/story/essay-leon-wainwright
‘Arrested transmission: Art that stays at a global periphery’; ‘Transmisión detenida: Arte que permanece en una periferia global’; ‘Transmission interrompue : à la périphérie de l’art global’ 2014, www.aica-sc.net (Association Internationale Critiques d’Art, AICA and Fondation Clément, Martinique).
‘Globalization’, in Michael Kelly ed. 2014 The Encyclopedia of Aesthetics, 2nd edition, Oxford University Press.
‘Arrested Transmission: From Periphery to Center’, Art Papers vol. 36, no. 6, 2012, 44-49. ISSN: 15249581.
‘Global Change and Contemporary Art of the Caribbean: Notes on the Futurology of a Sustainable Art Community’, in Nancy Hoffmann ed. 2012 Who More Sci-Fi Than Us? Contemporary Art from the Caribbean, Kunsthal, Amersfoort and The Royal Tropical Institute (KIT), Amsterdam, pp. 80-84. ISBN: 9789460222115
‘Art and the Politics of Time’, ARC: Art, Recognition, Culture, no. 5, 2012, pp. 20-22.
‘Beyond Globalisation in Contemporary Art History: Learning from the Transnational Caribbean’, in Mariska ter Horst ed. 2012 Changing Perspectives: Dealing with Globalisation in the Presentation and Collection of Contemporary Art The Royal Tropical Institute (KIT): Amsterdam, pp. 204-212. ISBN: 9789460221958
‘Without Boundaries? Mediating Art’s Global Networks’, ARC: Art, Recognition, Culture, no. 4, Nov. 2011, pp. 14-19.
‘De Black Atlantic, Suriname en Nederland: Uitdagingen voor tentoonstellingen over, en het historiseren van kunst uit de Caraïben’ (‘The Black Atlantic, Suriname and the Netherlands: Challenges for Curating and Historicising Art of the Caribbean’), in Mariette Dölle and Malka Jonas eds. 2010 Conversations on Paramaribo Perspectives, TENT., Rotterdam, pp. 36-50, 52-57.
‘Diversity and Choice’ 2010 Culture Machine Open Humanities Press.
‘At Northern Intersections Forever: Art and the Time Trap’, in Tejpal S. Ajji and Jon Soske eds. 2009 South-South Encounters: Conversations Between Africa, South Asia, and the Caribbean Justina M. Barnicke Gallery and South Asian Visual Arts Centre, University of Toronto, pp. 73-76. ISBN: 978-0772760685
‘Labelling and Assembling: Histories and Challenges for an Asia Triennial’, in Fareda Khan, Alnoor Mitha and Jacques Rangasamy eds. 2009 Reflections and Revolutions: The Asia Triennial Manchester Manchester: Shisha. ISBN: 978-0954556396
‘Closer Encounters’, a review of the exhibition ‘Alien Nation’, ICA/inIVA, Third Text, no. 87, vol. 21, issue 4, July 2007, pp. 466-468. ISSN: 0952-8822
‘Introduction: Peter Doig and Chris Ofili in Conversation’, Bomb, No. 101, Fall 2007, p.32. ISSN: 0743-3204
‘British Responses to Caribbean Art’ and ‘Aubrey Williams’ in David Dabydeen, John Gilmore and Cecily Jones eds. 2007 The Oxford Companion to Black British History, Oxford University Press, pp 87-90, 527-528. ISBN: 0-19-280439-1
(With Nicholas Laughlin) ‘Peter Doig: StudioFilmClub’, Modern Painters, March, 2006, pp. 66-67. ISSN: 0953-6698
‘Apples and Grapes from Foreign’ in Andy Jacob ed. 2006 A Suitable Distance: Rex Dixon, Peter Doig, Kofi Kayiga, Chris Ofili and Roberta Stoddard Trinidad: Soft Box Studios. Exhibition catalogue essay.
‘No Turning Back’, Caribbean Review of Books, vol. 1, no. 6, November 2005, pp 16-20. ISSN: 1811-4873
‘Jamaica National Biennial: Contradictions in Coherence’, Art Fairs International, vol. 1, nos. 5/6, 2005, pp 45-47.
‘Bibliography’ in David A. Bailey, Ian Baucom and Sonia Boyce eds. 2005 Shades of Black: Assembling Black Arts in 1980s Britain London and North Carolina: Duke University Press and the Institute of International Visual Arts, inIVA, pp 307-318. ISBN: 0822334208
(with Nicholas Laughlin) ‘Interrupting the Conversation: Trinidad’s StudioFilmClub’, 2005 http://www.triste-le-roi.blogspot.com/sfc.html (an earlier version appears in StudioFilmClub: Peter Doig, Museum Ludwig, Cologne, and Kunsthalle, Zurich: Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther König, ISBN 3-883-7594-1-4. Exhibition catalogue essay.)
‘Race-ing Art History: Critical Readings in Race and Art History’ by Kymberly N. Pinder, Journal of Visual Culture in Britain, Vol. 5, no. 2, 2004, pp 114-118. ISSN: 1471-4787 (Reprinted in Nukta: An Art Discourse, vol. 3, March 2006).
‘Personhood and Presence’, in Johannes Phokela, Simon Mee Fine Art and Gallery Momo, London and Johannesburg, 2003. Exhibition catalogue essay.
‘Art Forms’ and ‘Aubrey Williams’ in Alison Donnell ed. 2002 Companion to Contemporary Black British Culture London: Routledge, pp 15-16. ISBN: 0415169895
‘A Phenomenology of Origins: Sonia Khurana’ in Sonia Khurana: Lone Women Don't Lie New Delhi: Max Mueller Bhavan and The British Council; Calcutta: Oxford Book Store, 2000. Exhibition catalogue essay.
‘Crossing Disciplines: From Historiography to a Political Geography of Caribbean Art’, panellist, Reshaping (G)local Caribbean Dynamics. Relaciones y Deconexiónes – Relations et Déconnexions – Relations and Disjunctures, international symposium. Leibniz University Hannover, October 14th-17th, 2015. Invited speaker.
Roundtable on ‘Crossing Boundaries: Gender, Practice, Policy’, Caribbean Studies Association, 40th annual conference, New Orleans, Louisiana, May 25th-29th, 2015. Invited speaker, selected by Marielle Brown and Caribbean Intransit.
‘Transatlantic material mediations: A political geography of art and “exchange”’, Objects and Imagination: Material Mediations, international seminar, Cultural History Museum, University of Oslo, May 7th, 2015. Invited speaker.
‘Sustainable Art Communities: Creativity and Policy in the Transnational Caribbean’, Humanities Colloquium, Colgate University, February 10th, 2015. Invited speaker.
Panel chair, Contemporary Caribbean Visual Culture: Artistic Visions of Global Citizenship, Department of Modern Languages, University of Birmingham, June 12th-13th, 2014. Selected by Conrad James and Carlos Garrido Castellano.
‘The Open Arts Journal: A digital, open access publication’, Hestia2 Digital Pedagogy: Transforming the interface between research and learning, King’s College London, June 6th, 2014. Invited speaker, selected by Elton Barker.
‘Aubrey Williams: Painting and Time’, symposium, Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities, CRASSH, University of Cambridge, April 26th, 2014. Invited speaker, selected by T.J. Cribb.
‘Timed Out (Wainwright, MUP 2011): Extended book discussion with Natasha Eaton’, international symposium, University of York, March 26th, 2014. Invited speaker, selected by Whitney Davis.
‘Thinking Globally: Museums, Art and Ethnography after the Global Turn’, moderator of discussion panel with Kader Attia, James Clifford, Pamela M. Lee, Wendelien van Oldenborgh and Jette Sandahl, Collecting Geographies: Global Programming and Museums of Modern Art, international symposium, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, March 14th, 2014. http://vimeo.com/92754900 http://vimeo.com/92761253
‘Arrested Development: Global Programming and its Discontents’, panel co-chair and presenter, Collecting Geographies: Global Programming and Museums of Modern Art, international symposium, Stedelijk Museum, March 13th, 2014.
‘Sustainable Art Communities: Creativity and Policy in the Transnational Caribbean’, International Development Seminar Series, The Open University, February 5th, 2014. Selected by Farah Huzair and Peter Robbins.
Research project leader and chair of the conference, Sustainable Art Communities: Creativity and Policy in the Transnational Caribbean, the Institute for International Visual Art (Iniva), London, December 3rd-4th, 2013.
‘Timed Out: Art and the Transnational Caribbean’, seminar series, Department of Art History, Theory and Criticism, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, November 21st, 2013. Invited speaker.
Panel chair, ‘Art and Politics: The New Scramble for Africa’, AfroEuropeans IV: Black Cultures and Identities in Europe international conference, Institute of English Studies, University of London and The Open University, October 2nd, 2013.
‘Positions: Americocentrism and Art of the Caribbean’, Positioning: Research Topography, symposium, University of Reading, June 20th, 2013. Invited speaker, selected by Rachel Garfield.
‘Disturbing Pasts’, Futures, international workshop on AHRC-sponsored theme ‘Care for the Future’, Wolfson College and the Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology, University of Oxford, June 18th, 2013. Invited speaker, selected by David Zeitlyn.
‘Guyana, 1763 and 1960: Art, Memory and Modernism’, Terra Foundation for American Art international symposium, Art Across the Black Diaspora: Visualizing Slavery in America, Rothermere American Institute and Department of Art History, the University of Oxford, May 29th – 30th, 2013. Invited speaker, selected by Celeste-Marie Bernier. http://podcasts.ox.ac.uk/panel-4-lecture-3-guyana-1763-and-1960-art-memory-and-modernism-audio
Research project leader and international symposium co-chair, Caribbean Urban Aesthetics, OU Milton Keynes, May 21st-22nd, 2013.
‘Decolonising Pop’, Lichtenstein and the Wider Worlds of British Pop, Tate Modern, OU Study Day, March 16th, 2013. Invited speaker, http://www.tate.org.uk/context-comment/video/lichtenstein-and-pop-study-day-group#open278095
Research project leader and chair of the conference, Sustainable Art Communities: Creativity and Policy in the Transnational Caribbean, Tropenmuseum, Amsterdam, February 5th-6th, 2013.
‘Caribbean Creativity and Innovation in a World of Movement’, CADRE (Centre for Art, Design, Research and Experimentation) Public Lecture Series, University of Wolverhampton, January 29th, 2013. Invited speaker, selected by John Roberts.
Research project leader and chair of the conference Disturbing Pasts: Memories, Controversies and Creativity, Museum of Ethnology, Vienna, November 20th-22nd, 2012.
‘Americocentrism and Art of the Caribbean’, inaugural lecture, Visual and Performance Research Seminar, Durham University, November 8th, 2012.
‘Atlantic Positions in Art of the Indo-Caribbean: Casting Shadows and Throwing Light in Suriname and the Netherlands’, Society for Caribbean Studies, annual international conference, University of Oxford, July 4th – 6th, 2012.
‘Creativity, Capital and Collaboration: Art and Innovation in the Caribbean’, Creativity in Transition: Politics and Aesthetics of Circulating Images, international conference, University of Utrecht. May 31st – 1st June, 2012. Selected by Maruska Svasek and Birgit Meyer.
‘Atlantic Positions in Art of the Indo-Caribbean: Casting Shadows and Throwing Light in Suriname and the Netherlands’, Arts and Aesthetics in a Globalising World, Association for Social Anthropology, annual international conference, JNU, New Delhi, April 3rd – 6th, 2012. Selected by Amit Desai.
‘Mapping the Field’, Visual Cultures of the Caribbean, international symposium, Durham University. March 17th, 2012. Invited speaker. Selected by Michael Niblett, Kerstin Oloff and Francisco-J. Hernández-Adrián.
‘On Being Timed Out: Art History after the “Global” Turn’, Institute for Social and Cultural Anthropology and the Pitt Rivers Museum, Seminar in Material and Visual Anthropology, University of Oxford. February 10th, 2012. Invited speaker, selected by Marcus Banks.
‘On Being Timed Out: Art History after the “Global” Turn’, Department of Art History, Concordia University, Montreal, open lecture. November 15th, 2011. Invited speaker, selected by Alice Jim.
‘Framing Artistic “Success”: Art and Innovation in Contemporary Barbados’, and panel chair, The Arts: Catalyst for Caribbean Development, Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts, Jamaica, international conference. October 13th-14th, 2011.
‘Contemporary Art: World Currents’, roundtable with Terry Smith and Tessa Jackson, Sotheby’s Institute, London. September 21st, 2011. Invited speaker.
‘Atlantic Positions in Art of the Indo-Caribbean: Casting Shadows and Throwing Light in Suriname and the Netherlands’, Materiality, Movement, Museum, annual international workshop, Museum of Cultural History, University of Oslo. September 19th – 20th, 2011. Selected by Øivind Fuglerud.
‘Art, Innovation and Movement in Contemporary Barbados’, Society for Caribbean Studies, 34th annual international conference. International Slavery Museum, Liverpool. June 29th- July 1st, 2011.
‘Precarious Cosmopolitanism: Art, Creativity and Movement in the Caribbean’, Cosmopolitanism as Critical and Creative Practice, MMU Institute for Humanities and Social Sciences (IHSSR) and the Anthony Burgess Centre, international conference, May 11th–12th. Invited speaker, selected by Berthold Schoene.
‘Aubrey Williams and the Temporality of Painting’, Painting the Caribbean, international symposium, University of Essex. May 6th- 7th, 2011. Selected by Peter Hulme.
‘On Being Timed Out: Art History after the “Global” Turn’, Department of Arts Research Seminar Series, University of Northumbria, Guest speaker, March 15th, 2011. Invited by Laura Cull.
‘Beyond Cultural Diversity’, The Creative Case for Diversity and Equality in the Arts, Arts Council England annual seminar, NESTA, London, November 26th, 2010. Invited speaker.
‘Cultural Policy: Diversity and Equality: A Letter from the Academy’, Cultural Policy and Management, City University, London, October 27th, 2010. Invited speaker, selected by Juliet Steyn.
‘A Black Atlantic Art History?’, Paramaribo Perspectives, TENT., De Unie and Centrum Beeldende Kunst Rotterdam, October 12th 2010. Invited speaker, selected by Mariette Dölle.
‘Varieties of Belatedness and Provincialism: Decolonisation and British Pop’, New Approaches to British Art, 1939-1969, paper presentation and panel chair, international conference, The Courtauld Institute Research Forum and the University of York, June 4th-5th, 2010. Selected by David Peters Corbett and Lisa Tickner.
‘Diversity in Practice’, From the Margins to the Core? international conference, Victoria and Albert Museum, March 24th–26th, 2010. Keynote address, selected by Eithne Nightingale.
‘Cultural Policy and Diversity’, Cultural Policy and Management, City University, London, March 26th, 2010. Invited speaker, selected by Juliet Steyn.
‘Debating Afro Modern’, Afro Modern: Journeys Through the Black Atlantic, study day, Tate Liverpool, March 13th, 2010. Invited speaker.
‘Casting Shadows’, panellist with Annie Paul, Courtney J. Martin and Julieta González, Paramaribo SPAN, international symposium, Suriname. February 27th, 2010.
‘The Time-Space Logic of Art History’, Global Exhibitions: Contemporary Art and the African Diaspora, international symposium, Tate Liverpool, February 19th 2010. Invited speaker.
‘Ofili in Focus’, panellist with Bonnie Greer and Gayle Chong Kwan, Late at Tate, Tate Britain, February 5th 2010. Invited speaker.
‘In the Aftermath of Painting: Caribbean Transnationalism and Aubrey Williams’, Caribbean Research Seminar in the North, Society for Caribbean Studies (UK) and the School of Politics and Communication Studies, University of Liverpool, January 22nd 2010. Invited speaker, selected by Amanda Sives.
‘Contemporaneity in Art of the African Diaspora’, School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS, University of London), African Studies, December 18th, 2009. Invited speaker, selected by Charles Gore.
‘An American Locus: Art and Time’, Endeavors: Perspectives on Black Life and Culture, African American Studies, Yale, New Haven, November 12th, 2009. Invited speaker.
‘Positions’, Migrants and Diversity: Understanding Trends and Traditions, workshop, Institute of Commonwealth Studies, London, Sept 23rd, 2009. Roundtable speaker, selected by Shihan de Silva.
‘Cultural Diversity Position Paper’, After Multiculturalism: Challenging the Institutional Politics of Cultural Diversity in the Arts, Third Text and Tate Cross-Cultural Programme, Tate Britain, April 20th, 2009. Plenary speaker.
Panel co-chair, with Adele Tan (Courtauld Institute, London), ‘Art History and its Global Provinces’, Annual Conference of the Association of Art Historians (UK), Manchester Metropolitan University, April 2nd – 4th, 2009. Member of the conference organising committee.
‘Evaluating Counter-Hegemonic Strategies in Curating the African Diaspora’, Cultural Policy and Management, City University, London, March 27th 2009. Invited speaker, selected by Juliet Steyn.
‘Beyond Transatlantic Slavery’, Exhibiting Slavery: Problematics and Possibilities, Horniman Museum, London, March 2nd–3rd, 2009. Invited moderator, selected by Wayne Modest.
‘Art and Generation in the Transatlantic Caribbean’, Black Diaspora Visual Art: A Series of Symposia, Film Presentations and Exhibitions, (supported by the Arts Council England), Frank Collymore Hall and the National Art Gallery, Barbados, February 13th–15th, 2009. Invited speaker, selected by Stuart Hall and David A. Bailey.
‘Imaging, Performance and Ownership in the Indo-Caribbean’, Postcolonialism and Popular Culture, University of Otago, New Zealand, December 14th-16th, 2008.
‘Imaging, Performance and Ownership in the Indo-Caribbean’, Annual Conference of the Association of Social Anthropologists of Great Britain and the Commonwealth, University of Auckland, New Zealand, December 8th -12th, 2008. Selected and chaired by Pnina Werbner.
‘Behind the Scenes: Outsiders of the Swinging Sixties’, Late at Tate, Tate Britain, November 7th, 2008. Invited speaker, selected by Doris Pearce.
‘New Provincialisms: Art, Curating, and Blackness’, Afterlives of Postcolonialism, international conference, Centre for Postcolonial Studies, Goldsmiths, University of London, October 25th-26th, 2008. Invited speaker, selected by Rachel Garfield.
‘Curatorial Provincialism and the Caribbean: Some Advantages of Temporal Alterity’, The Latin American and Caribbean City, annual international conference of the Research Institute of Latin American Studies, University of Liverpool, October 17th-18th, 2008. Invited speaker.
‘Varieties of Belatedness in the Story of British Pop’, What is British Art? conference, Tate Britain, October 10th, 2008. Invited speaker, selected by Paul Goodwin and Rasheed Araeen.
‘Without Locus? Art and Transnationalism in the African Diaspora’, Crossroads: Cultural Studies Association International Conference, University of the West Indies, Mona, Jamaica, July 3rd-7th, 2008. Selected and chaired by Rosalie McCrea.
‘The (Sometime) Value of Anachronism: Art and Time in the Transnational Caribbean’, Open Lecture, The Academy of the University of Trinidad and Tobago, July 1st, 2008. Invited speaker, selected by Kenneth Ramchand and Christopher Cozier.
‘Understanding Migration and Diasporas in the Commonwealth’, Commonwealth Policy Studies Unit, London, Annual Youth Conference, June 24th, 2008. Invited speaker.
‘Frank Bowling and the Appetite for British Pop’, Department of Art History Research Seminar, University of York, May 26th, 2008. Invited speaker, selected by Alistair Rider.
‘Difference at Material Limits: Trinidad’s “Indian Art” and World Art Inclusionism’, World-Making and World Art, Arts Research Center, University of California Berkeley, May 9th-10th, 2008. Invited speaker.
‘Aubrey Williams and Entwined Art Histories at the End of Empire’, Mini-series on Art and the Transnational Caribbean, Arts Research Center, University of California Berkeley, May 8th, 2008. Invited speaker.
‘Migrating between Guyana and British Pop: Frank Bowling RA’, Mini-series on Art and the Transnational Caribbean, Arts Research Center, University of California Berkeley, May 6th, 2008. Invited speaker.
‘New Provincialisms: Art, Curating, and Blackness’, Mini-series on Art and the Transnational Caribbean, Arts Research Center, University of California Berkeley, May 1st, 2008. Invited speaker.
Symposium Chair, ‘Protest: Reflections and Revolutions’, Asia Triennial Manchester (ATM), The Whitworth Gallery, Manchester, April 5th, 2008. Invited speaker.
‘The Art of Black Britain at New Peripheries’, On Whose Terms? Critical Negotiations in Black British Literature and the Arts, Goldsmiths College, University of London, March 13th-14th, 2008.
‘Peter Doig, Place and Art History’, Widening Horizons: From the Camden Town Group to Peter Doig, Education Open Evening, Tate Britain, February 29th, 2008. Invited speaker, selected by Rebecca Sinker.
‘Art and the Transnational Caribbean’, University of the Arts Research Centre for Transnational Art, Identity and Nation (TrAIN) Open Lecture, Chelsea College of Art and Design, February 12th, 2008. Invited speaker, selected by Isobel Whitelegg and Carol Tulloch.
‘New Provincialism: Art and Visual Culture of the African Diaspora’, Internationalising Black Power, Arts and Humanities Research Council-funded conference, Institute for the Study of the Americas, University of London, October 25th-26th, 2007. Invited speaker, selected by Kate Quinn.
‘New Networks: Art and Infrastructure in the Anglophone Caribbean’, Liverpool Biennial 2008, Tate Liverpool, September 28th, 2007. Invited speaker, selected by Paul Domela.
‘Aubrey Williams in Profile’, presentation and conversation with the artist Sonia Boyce, Aubrey Williams Study Day, Tate Britain, September 21st, 2007. Invited speaker.
‘Art History’s Networks: Contemporary Nationhood and Infrastructure in the Anglophone Caribbean’, 14th Triennial Symposium on African Art, African Studies Association, Gainesville, University of Florida, March 28th-April 1st, 2007. Selected and chaired by Krista Thompson.
‘Indian Art in Trinidad? Emotion and Ethnicity at Material Limits’, Migrant Art, Artefacts and Emotional Agency, Arts and Humanities Research Council-funded conference organised by Maruska Svasek, Queens University, Belfast, February 9th-10th, 2007. Invited speaker.
‘Notes on Caribbean Visual Analysis’, Caribbean Research Seminar in the North, Manchester Museum, October 6th, 2006. Co-convenor.
‘Visual Culture and Caribbean Transnationalism’, Society for Caribbean Studies/University of Warwick, 30th annual international conference, The National Archives, Kew, July 5th-7th, 2006, selected and chaired by David Lambert.
‘Post-Colonial “Knowledge Transfer” and Art History’, Art History: Contents, Discontents, Malcontents, Association of Art Historians (AAH), Leeds, April 5th-7th, 2006. Selected and chaired by Donald Preziosi.
‘Globalisation and Curriculum Change’, Contemporary Art in Globalisation: Issues, Research, Resources, Networks in Europe, Institut National d’Histoire de l’Art (INHA), Paris, December 1st-3rd, 2005. Invited speaker.
‘Initiatives for an Outsider’s Art Criticism of the Caribbean’, Arts Education and Societies in Crisis, international conference. UNESCO and The University of the West Indies, St. Augustine, Trinidad. June 27th, 2005. Selected and chaired by Annie Paul.
‘Art, Canon, Nation: Diaspora Futures’, Mapping the Change, Association Internationale des Critiques d’Art (AICA), and The British Council, Karachi, Pakistan. November 25th, 2004. Invited speaker.
‘Conversation with artists Ras Akyem Ramsay and Ras Ishi Butcher’, Caribbean Connections 4, Islington Arts Factory and the Barbados High Commission, London. April 23rd, 2004. Invited speaker.
‘Art and Empire from Language to Embodiment: Questions of Historicism in Diaspora Visual Culture’, Displacement, Relocation, Identity: Revisioning Histories of Slavery and Empire, international conference, University of Newcastle Upon Tyne, March 3rd, 2004. Selected and chaired by Diana Paton.
‘Strategic Vision and the Pictorial Turn in the Black Diaspora’ Sussex Seminar in Social and Political Thought, University of Sussex, February 26th, 2004. Invited speaker.
‘Art and Artists of the Caribbean Diaspora, the 1980s to the Present’, Caribbean Societies in Regional Contexts, seminar, Institute of Commonwealth Studies, University of London, February 17th, 2004. Invited speaker.
‘Perception and Presence in Diaspora Visual Culture’ Material Culture Seminar, Department of Anthropology, University College London (UCL), January 22nd, 2004. Invited speaker, selected by Christopher Pinney.
‘Art and Artists of the Caribbean Diaspora and the Canon Debate’ Cross-Culturalism and the Caribbean Canon, international conference, University of the West Indies, St. Augustine, Trinidad and Tobago, January 9th, 2004. Selected and chaired by Elizabeth Walcott-Hackshaw.
‘Contemporary Black and Asian Art and Design at the V&A’, Continuing Professional Development Day for Lecturers, The Victoria and Albert Museum, London. December 3rd, 2003. Invited speaker.
‘Caribbean Festival Arts’, Continuing Education seminar, Horniman Museum and Birkbeck, University of London. November 27th, 2003. Invited speaker.
‘Conversation with artist Stanley Greaves’, Caribbean Connections 3, Islington Arts Factory and the Barbados High Commission, London. May 9th, 2003. Invited speaker.
‘Cultural Diversity and Widening Participation in the Art and Design Curriculum’, guest speaker, London College of Fashion, The London Institute. December 2002. Invited speaker.
‘Art Criticism and Diaspora Aesthetics’, (respondent to Kobena Mercer and Judith Wilson), Shades of Black: Assembling the Eighties, Black Arts in Post-war Britain, international conference, Duke University, North Carolina, April 22nd, 2001. Invited speaker, selected by Sonia Boyce, David A. Bailey and Richard Powell.
Small Axe: A Caribbean Journal of Criticism, 19(2) (pp. 185-196)
Disturbing pasts: memories, controversies and creativity (2014-07-21)
Open Arts Journal(3)
Americocentrism and art of the Caribbean: contours of a time-space logic (2013-05)
Journal of American Studies, 47(2) (pp. 417-438)
Transatlantic movement and the taste for ethnicity: art and ‘exchange’ between Suriname and the Netherlands (2013)
Etnofoor, 24(2) (pp. 13-40)
Varieties of Belatedness and Provincialism: Decolonisation and British Pop (2012-04)
Art History, 35(2) (pp. 442-461)
Arrested transmission: from periphery to center (2012)
Art Papers Magazine, 36(6) (pp. 44-49)
On being unique: world art and its British institutions (2009-03)
Visual Culture in Britain, 10(1) (pp. 87-101)
New provincialisms: curating art of the African diaspora (2009-01)
Radical History Review(103) (pp. 203-213)
Aubrey Williams: a painter in the aftermath of painting (2009)
Wasafiri, 24(3) (pp. 65-79)
Frank Bowling and the appetite for British pop (2008-03)
Third Text, 22(2) (pp. 195-208)
Solving Caribbean mysteries: art, embodiment and an eye for the Tropics (2008-02)
Small Axe(25) (pp. 133-144)
Rethinking Art's Histories
ISBN : 978-0-7190-8484-3 | Publisher : Manchester University Press | Published : Manchester
In: Bernier, Celeste-Marie and Durkin, Hannah eds. Visualising Slavery and Reimaging Memory: Art Across the Black Diaspora ((In press))
Publisher : Liverpool University Press | Published : Liverpool
The emotions and ethnicity in the Indo-Caribbean (2012-05)
In: Svašek, Maruška ed. Moving Subjects, Moving Objects: Transnationalism, Cultural Production and Emotions (pp. 222-244)
ISBN : 978-0-85745-323-5 | Publisher : Berghahn
‘Beyond globalisation in contemporary art history: learning from the transnational Caribbean’ (2012-05)
In: ter Horst, Mariska ed. Changing Perspectives: Dealing with Globalisation in the Presentation and Collection of Contemporary Art (pp. 204-212)
ISBN : 9789460221958 | Publisher : The Royal Tropical Institute (KIT), Amsterdam | Published : Amsterdam
Global change and contemporary art of the Caribbean: notes on the futurology of a sustainable art community (2012-05)
In: Hoffmann, Nancy ed. Who More Sci-Fi Than Us? Contemporary Art from the Caribbean (pp. 80-84)
ISBN : 9789460222115 | Publisher : The Royal Tropical Institute (KIT) | Published : Amsterdam
Alien nation: contemporary art and black Britain (2011)
In: Brunt, Rosalind and Cere, Rinella eds. Postcolonial Media Culture in Britain (pp. 27-40)
ISBN : 9780230545304 | Publisher : Palgrave Macmillan | Published : Basingstoke
The Black Atlantic, Suriname and the Netherlands: challenges for curating and historicising art of the Caribbeah (2010-01-18)
In: Dölle , Mariette and Jonas , Malka eds. Conversations on Paramaribo Perspectives
Publisher : TENT | Published : Rotterdam
Art (school) education and art history (2010)
In: Appignanesi, Richard ed. Beyond Cultural Diversity: the Case for Creativity (pp. 93-103)
ISBN : 978-0-947753-11-5 | Publisher : Third Text Publications | Published : London
Aubrey Williams: Atlantic fire (2010)
In: King, Reyahn ed. Aubrey Williams (pp. 46-55)
ISBN : 978-1-899542-30-7 | Publisher : National Museums Liverpool and October Gallery | Published : Liverpool and London
Speaking to contemporary art history: Denis Williams and Guyana (2010)
In: Williams, Charlotte and Williams, Evelyn A. eds. Denis Williams: a Life in Works. New and Collected Essays. Cross/Cultures: Readings in the Post/Colonial Literautres in English (120) (pp. 65-75)
ISBN : 978-90-420-2791-6 | Publisher : Rodopi Press | Published : Amsterdam
Labelling and assembling: histories and challenges for an Asia Triennial (2009-06-30)
In: Mitha, Alnoor; Khan, Fareda and Rangasamy , Jacques eds. Asia Triennial Manchester 08
ISBN : 978-0954556396 | Publisher : Shisha | Published : Manchester
Mutual ground: post-empire canons of art in Britain and the Caribbean (2009)
In: Rahim, Jennifer and Lalla, Barbara eds. Beyond Borders: Cross-Culturalism and the Caribbean Canon (pp. 116-148)
ISBN : 9789766402167 | Publisher : University of the West Indies Press | Published : Mona, Kingston, Jamaica
At Northern Intersections forever: art and the time trap (2009)
In: Ajji, Tejpal S. and Soske, John eds. South-South: Interruptions & Encounters (pp. 73-76)
ISBN : 978-0-7727-6068-5 | Publisher : Justina M. Barnicke Gallery and South Asian Visual Arts Centre, University of Toronto | Published : Toronto
British responses to Caribbean art (2007-03-22)
In: Dabydeen, David; Gilmore , John and Jones , Cecily eds. The Oxford Companion to Black British History. Oxford Companions
ISBN : 978-0-19-280439-6 | Publisher : Oxford University Press | Published : Oxford, UK
Aubrey Williams (2007-03-22)
In: Dabydeen, David; Gilmore , John and Jones, Cecily eds. The Oxford Companion to Black British History. Oxford Companions
ISBN : 978-0-19-280439-6 | Publisher : Oxford University Press | Published : Oxford, UK
Canon Questions: Art in 'Black Britain' (2006)
In: Low, Gail and Wynne-Davies , Marion eds. A Black British Canon? (pp. 143-167)
ISBN : 1403942684 | Publisher : Palgrave Macmillan | Published : Basingstoke
In: Bailey, David A.; Baucom, Ian and Boyce, Sonia eds. Shades of Black: Assembling Black Arts in 1980s Britain (pp. 307-308)
ISBN : 9780822334095 | Publisher : Duke University Press
Art Forms (2002)
In: Donnell , Alison ed. Companion to Contemporary Black British Culture (pp. 20-22)
ISBN : 415169895 | Publisher : Routledge
Wainwright, Leon and Fuglerud, Øivind eds.
Material Mediations: People and Things in a World of Movement
ISBN : 978-1-78238-566-0 | Publisher : Berghahn Books | Published : Oxford
Disturbing Pasts: Memories, Controversies and Creativity (2014-07)
Wainwright, Leon; Edwards, Elizabeth and Blacker, Uilleam
Blacker, Uilleam; Edwards, Elizabeth and Wainwright, Leon eds.
Open Arts Journal
Publisher : The Open University
Triennial City: Localising Asian Art (2014-04-01)
Kennedy, Beccy; Mitha, Alnoor and Wainwright, Leon eds.
ISBN : 9780956957184 | Publisher : Cornerhouse | Published : Manchester