PROF Nikos Papastergiadis

PROF Nikos Papastergiadis




  • Nikos Papastergiadis is the Director of the Research Unit in Public Cultures, based at The University of Melbourne. He is a Professor in the School of Culture and Communication at The University of Melbourne and founder - with Scott McQuire - of the Spatial Aesthetics research cluster. He is Project Leader of the Australian Research Council Linkage Project, 'Large Screens and the Transnational Public Sphere', and Chief Investigator on the ARC Discovery Project 'Public Screens and the Transformation of Public Space'.

    He was educated at The University of Melbourne and the University of Cambridge. Prior to joining the School of Culture and Communication, he was Deputy Director of the Australia Centre at the University of Melbourne, Head of the Centre for Ideas at the Victorian College of Arts, and lecturer in Sociology and recipient of the Simon Fellowship at the University of Manchester.

    Throughout his career, Nikos has provided strategic consultancies for government agencies on issues relating to cultural identity and has worked in collaborative projects with artists and theorists of international repute such as John Berger, Jimmie Durham and Sonya Boyce. His long involvement with the ground breaking international journal Third Text, as both co-editor and author, was a formative experience in the development of an interdisciplinary and cross cultural research model, which continues to inform his research practice.

    His 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), Cosmopolitanism and Culture (2012). He is also the 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, Gwangju,



Member of

  • Co-Chair, Advisory Committee, Contemporary Greek Cultural Centre. Co-Chair, Advisory Committee 2013 - 2014
  • Visiting Fellow, School of Art, University of Tasmania. Visiting Fellow, School of Art 2013 - 2014
  • Advisory Board, School of Art & Architecture, University of South Australia. Advisory Board, School of Art & Architecture 2012 - 2014
  • Multicultural Arts Policy Advisory Committee, Minister for the Arts, Victoria. Member 2007 - 2009
  • Steering Committee for the development of a Greek Cultural Centre for the Greek Orthodox Community, Melbourne. Member 2008
  • Steering Committee on Education for the Greek Orthodox Community, Melbourne. Member 2008
  • Advisory Board, New Directions in Humanities, USA. Member 2005 - 2008
  • Cultural Infusion, Advisory Committee, Melbourne. Member 2007
  • Exhibitions Committee, Centre for Contemporary Photography, Melbourne. Member 2004 - 2006
  • Board, Artspace, Sydney. Member 1999 - 2001
  • Advisor to Arts Council of England on International Residency Programs. Advisor 1996 - 2000
  • Chair, Visual Arts Publishing Committee, Arts Council of England. Chair 1992


Selected publications


Investigator on

Additional Grant Information

    • Australia Council for the Arts, 2005, $5000 for 'Empires, Ruins and Networks' conference publication (with Associate Professor Scott McQuire)
    • ARC LIEF 2004  (LE0453517) ‘240 x 360 Degree Digital Video Camera for Interactive Immersive Visualization Research Applications’,  $205, 800 (one of 11 CIs)
    • ARC Linkage Project 2004-2005, (LP0453638), ‘Reformulating Museological Narrative Using Three Models of Cnematic Interactivity’,  $128 205 (One of 10 CIs)
    • Australia Council for the Arts 2004, $77 000 for ‘Diasporic Networks’ (with Associate Professor  Scott McQuire and Dr. Geert Lovink)
    • Australia Council for the Arts, Visual Arts and Craft Board, 2000, $20,000  (with Juan Davila and Constanze Zikos)
    • Australia Council for the Arts Community Development Grant, 1999, $66,000 for Art and Cultural Difference conference (with Nick Tsoutas, Artspace, Sydney)
    • Arts Council of England, 1996, 55,000 pounds for 'Cultures in Art' (with Stephen Snoddy, Cornerhouse Gallery, Manchester)


Education and training

  • PhD, University of Cambridge 1991
  • BA(hons), University of Melbourne 1984

Awards and honors

  • Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities, 2004


Available for supervision

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