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John Baldacchino

As from 1st August 2016, John Baldacchino has been appointed the Director of the Arts Institute at the University of Madison-Winsconsin, where he is also a Professor of Arts Education. Prior to UW-Madison he was Professorial Chair of Arts Education at the University of Dundee in Scotland. He has served as Associate Dean & Full Professor of Arts Pedagogy at the Graduate School, Falmouth University, United Kingdom; as Associate Professor of Art and Art Education at Columbia University’s Teachers College in New York; Reader (Associate Prof.) in Critical Theory & Contextual Studies at Gray's School of Art, The Robert Gordon University, Scotland; and Lecturer (Assistant Prof.) of Arts Education and Cultural Studies at the University of Warwick, England. 

As an academic Baldacchino specializes in art, philosophy, politics and education. While his academic work is always contextualized by the arts, it is framed within a comprehensive context in terms of (a) engaging with the contemporary arts within an agôn that aricualtes a politics of aesthetics that is formative and radically democratic; (b) doing research as a generative activity that reflects studio practice-based methods; and (c) regarding the role of the academic as an opportunity to enhance democracy as a creative state of affairs that emerges from the ever changing horizon of a pragmatic understanding of change and constant reform.

As an artist Baldacchino considers his engagement with the visual arts as having three avenues: studio practice, theoretical research and teaching. In his studio practice he mainly works in two-dimensional media, although in his artistic education he specialized in both painting and sculpture. His studio interests extend to publishing, typography, and graphic design. His graphic art covers web-design, illustration, layout and cover design. As a graphic designer he designed and illustrated a series of Italian textbooks, children's Italian readers, and cover-design and layout- and page-setting of several academic books. He also contributed as a free-lance political cartoonist in weekly and monthly newspapers and magazines. He exhibited in solo and collective shows in the UK, Europe, the US and Asia and he mostly works in two-dimensional (mixed) media. 

He is the author of numerous refereed and journalistic articles in academic and political journals. Between 1983 and 1990 he regularly published journalistic articles and critical essays in political journals and newspapers language and was also a graphic artist and political cartoonist, contributing work on a weekly basis. More recently he has resumed writing on civil issues and political reform, though his focus remains on academic writing.

He is the author of the following books: Post-Marxist Marxism: Questioning the Answer (Avebury, 1996), Easels of Utopia: Art’s Fact Returned (Ashgate, 1998), Avant-Nostalgia: An Excuse to pause (USOPIA, 2002), Education Beyond Education: Self and the Imaginary in Maxine Greene’s Philosophy (Peter Lang Publishers, 2009), Makings of the Sea: Journey, Doubt Nostalgia (Gorgias Press 2010),  Art's Way Out: Exit Pedagogy and the Cultural Condition (Sense Publishers 2012), Mediterranean Art Education (with Raphael Vella, Sense 2013), Democracy Without Confession (with Kenneth Wain, Allied Publishers 2013), John Dewey: Liberty and The Pedagogy of Disposition (Springer 2014) and My Teaching, My Philosophy. Kenneth Wain: A Lifelong Engagement with Education(with Simone Galea and Duncan Mercieca, Peter Lang 2014).

10 fevereiro 2017


Apresentação Pública da Bienal BoCA

A BoCA – Biennial of Contemporary Arts é uma nova bienal de artes contemporâneas que tem a sua primeira edição entre 17 de março e 30 de abril de 2017, nas cidades de Lisboa e Porto.

10 fevereiro de 2017 · 17:00
Aula Magna


EPRAE is an international meeting that intends to make public and to discuss ongoing doctoral researches students with invited discussants and a community of students and teachers of arts education.

9–10 fevereiro de 2017

A Aura da Imagem

Sessão organizada a propósito da apresentação do 1º número da publicação SOPHIA “Crossing Borders,Shifting Boundaries, The Aura of The Image” 

30 novembro 2017 · 17:30
Auditório Pavilhão Sul