Discursive & Curatorial Productions Initiative

Educations Sentimental and Unsentimental:
Repositioning the Politics of Art and Education

A Seminar with Suhail Malik

In Conjunction with the University Art Gallery
and UC San Diego Department of Visual Arts

Thursday, April 4th, 2013 \ 10:00am-12:00pm

DCP Initiative, Structural and Materials Engineering Bldg, Rm 406
9500 Gilman Drive, La Jolla, California 92093

Suhail Malik will join us for our ongoing reading series Conflict of the Faculties: Tensions in the Field of Art and Education. Taking its title from Kant’s schema on how the academic disciplines should be ordered, interrelated, and overseen by the emerging state, this series of seminars and workshops addresses current tensions in the field of art and education. Because of, rather than despite, these tensions, critic and educator Suhail Malik has committed to the artist PhD as a new format and mechanism of art production, which marks a contested shift for academic and cultural institutions. (Malik is also positioned as a faculty member of the artist PhD program at Goldsmiths, University of London and has supervised six PhD candidates to completion.) “It’s a commonplace that education is a good thing. Until it comes to art education.” So begins Suhail Malik’s defense of school in the interest of education and specifically, the PhD in art practice.

Suhail Malik is a writer and holds a Readership in Critical Studies at Goldsmiths, London, where he is Programme Co-Director of the MFA Fine Art. For 2012-13, Malik is Visiting Faculty at the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College, New York.


Suhail Malik will also be at the UAG on Wednesday, April 3, at 6:00pm for a talk on “Contemporary Art’s Evasive Social Reality” with a shadow puppetry performance by Van C. Tran.


Suggested Readings:
Malik, Suhail. “Educations Sentimental and Unsentimental: Repositioning the Politics of Art and Education,” in Taipei Biennial Reader (2010).

Lesage, Dieter. “The Academy is Back: On Education, the Bologna Process, and the Doctorate in the Arts,” in e-flux journal 4 (March 2009).

Derrida, Jacques. “Mocholos, or The Conflict of the Faculties,” in Eyes of the University, trans. Jan Plug. (Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2004) 83-112.

Kant, Immanuel. “Introduction” and “The Philosophy Faculty versus the Theology Faculty,” in Conflict of the Faculties, trans. Mary J. Gregor. (New York: Abaris Books, 1979) 23-61.