Paul Gladston is Associate Professor of Culture, Film and Media and director of the Centre for Contemporary East-Asian Cultural Studies at the University of Nottingham. Between 2005 and 2010 he served as inaugural head of the Department of International Communications and director of the Institute for Comparative Cultural Studies at the University of Nottingham Ningbo, China. He has written extensively on the subject of contemporary art with particular reference to the concerns of critical theory and politics.
His recent book-length publications include Contemporary Art in Shanghai: Conversations with Seven Chinese Artists
(Timezone 8 – Blue Kingfisher 2011), a special issue of the Journal of Visual Art Practice
, 'Contemporary Chinese art and Criticality', co-edited with Katie Hill (Intellect 2012), 'Avant-Garde' Art Groups in China, 1979-89
(Intellect/University of Chicago 2013) and Contemporary Chinese Art: a critical history
(Reaktion/University of Chicago, 2014). He is principal editor of the Journal of Contemporary Chinese Art
and was an academic adviser to the exhibition Art of Change: New Directions from China
, which was staged at the Southbank Centre in London in 2012.