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Nikos Papastergiadis: What is the South?
18.00 Tuesday 10 March
Over the past decade the idea of the South has captured the interest of historians, activists, political scientists and cultural practitioners. It has been used to explore the legacies and links that shape the lives of people that are dispersed across a vast region (in Africa, Asia, the Sub-Continent, South America, Australia, and Oceania). In geo-political terms the South is not confined to the southern hemisphere as it captures elements that are located on both sides of the equatorial divide. It is a term that is now interchangeable with the more established [but outmoded] Third World and Developing World, and the Antipodes. This lecture examines ways in which the term the South can be used to describe a manifold geo-political experience that has relevance for all post-colonial territories (even those located within Europe).

Nikos Papastergiadis is Professor at the School of Culture and Communications at the University of Melbourne. Throughout his career Papastergiadis has provided strategic consultancies for government agencies on issues relating to cultural identity and worked on collaborative projects with artists and theorists of international renown such as John Berger, Jimmie Durham, and Sonya Boyce. His current research focuses on the investigation of the historical transformation of contemporary art and cultural institutions by digital technology. Papastergiadis has recently published Spatial Aesthetics: art, place and the everyday (2006), which examines the new processes, contexts, and relations through which contemporary art is produced, and co-edited with Scott McQuire Empires, Ruins and Networks (2005).

Nikos Papastergiadis‘ visit to Vilnius is assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body, and with support from the Australian Embassy to Sweden, and the Baltic States (Stockholm) and the Australian Consulate, Vilnius.
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