Professor John Roberts is an internationally known writer, in the areas of art theory, cultural philosophy, and art and political philosophy. He is currently leader of the Research Cluster, ‘Art, Philosophy and Social Practice’ in the Faculty of Arts at the UoW. In his earlier career he worked as an art critic and curator, organizing major exhibitions at the Serpentine Gallery, the Venice Biennale and Camerawork, London, along with projects in Hamburg and Liverpool.
Following his first degree in English and Art History (Middlesex Polytechnic 1974-1977) Professor Roberts taught and lectured extensively in various fine art departments throughout the UK and overseas, including Goldsmiths (MA Fine Art) University of Northumbria (MA Fine Art) and the National College of Art & Design, Dublin. In 2005 he gained a PhD on the basis of previously published work, from the UoW with a written commentary, entitled ‘The Logics of Deflation: Autonomy, Negation and the Avant-Garde’. Since 2000 he has been an invited speaker at numerous Universities, museums and public galleries in Europe and North America, including, University of Copenhagen (2001), Aarhus University (2002), Jan van Eyck Acadamie, Maastricht (2004), Documenta 12, Kassel (2007), Museum of Contemporary Art (MACBA), Barcelona, (2008), University of Warsaw (2011), Bergen National Academy of the Arts (2011), International University of Andalucia, Seville (2011), Princeton University (2011), University of Vienna (2011), Moscow Polytechnic Institute (2013), Karlsruhe Institut für Technologie (2013), Museo Nacional Centro de Arte: Rainer Sofia, Madrid (2013), Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam (2013), Institute for Cultural Inquiry, ((ICI), Berlin, (2013). Sorbonne Nouvelle, Paris (2013), National Center for Contemporary Art, Moscow (2014), Goether-Universasität, Frankfurt am Main (2014), Hochschule, Karlsruhe, (2014), Galerie Thomas Flor, Berlin (2014), Kunstpavilion, Innsbruck (2014), Manifesta 10, State Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg, (2014), HAU (Hebel am Ufer), Berlin (2015), Concordia University, Montreal (2015), Yale University (2015), Dublin Institute of Technology (2015), Künstlerhaus Museum of Modern Art (MUMOK), Vienna (2016), University of Paris-8 (2016), Zeppelin University, Friedrichshafen (2016), Brussels Centre for Fine Arts (2016), Staatliche Hochschule für Bildende Künste, Frankfurt am Main (2017), and Schaulager, Basel (2017).