Sean Cubitt

Currently based
Affiliated institution
Goldsmith, University of London

Sean Cubitt is Professor of Film and Television and co-Head of the Department of Media and Communications at Goldsmiths, University of London; Professorial Fellow of the University of Melbourne and Honorary Professor of the University of Dundee. His publications include Timeshift: On Video Culture, Videography: Video Media as Art and Culture, Digital Aesthetics, Simulation and Social Theory, The Cinema Effect, EcoMedia and his most recent book, The Practice of Light (MIT 2014). He has recently co-edited Rewind: British Video Art of the 1970s and 80s, Relive: Media Art History, Ecocinema: Theory and Practice and the open access anthology Digital Light. He is the series editor for Leonardo Books at MIT Press. His current research is on environmental impacts of digital media and on media arts and their history.


currently Joint Head of Department Media and Communications at Goldsmiths University of London

2015 European Research Council, peer reviewer

2014- LUX Board of Directors

2014 Krasnza-Krausz Book Award, film panel, judge.

2014 Canadian Moving Image Archive Network (CMIAN) Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) Partnership, Advisory Board.

2014 CHASE AHRC PhD scholarship consortium, Panel C

2013 International Committe, Colloque sur la magie des effets speciaux, Cinémathèque Quebecoise, Montreal.

2013 Conference committee, Renew Media Art Histories, Riga

2011-2012 Professor of Global Media and Communications, Winchester School of Art, University
of Southampton

2006-2011 Professor and Director of the Program in Media and Communications, University of Melbourne

2007 - ISEA 2008 International Symposium Advisory panel

2006 Editor-in-Chief, Leonardo Book Series, Leonardo/ISAST and MIT Press

2005-6 ISEA 2006 Pacific Rim section selection panel

2000 - 2006 Professor of Screen and Media Studies, University of Waikato, Aotearoa New Zealand.

1989 - 2000 Professor of Media Arts (from 1st September 2000); Reader in Video and Media Studies (1994-2000); Senior Lecturer in Media and Cultural Studies (1989-1994) Liverpool John Moores University (previously Liverpool Polytechnic)

2001 PhD by publication, Liverpool John Moores University, awarded for Digital Aesthetics and supporting materials.
1976 - 80 McGill University, Montreal, P.Q., Canada; Ph.D. research (all but dissertation) on Rock Against Racism and the Anti Nazi League as cultural forms.

Goldsmiths Inaugural Lectures 2015: Sean Cubitt

As part of the Media & Communications series of Inaugural Lectures, the Warden has invited Sean Cubitt, Professor of Film and Television, to give his Inaugural Lecture – the title of the Lecture is “Political Aesthetics: Becoming Human".


What is the internet made of? How does it work? In a time when politics is played out through media, how do the design and materials of media influence and constrain what we think of as politics? This talk asks whether the traditional questions of aesthetics about truth, beauty and the good can also be applied to the conduct of political life. Can ecology teach us new ways to think about both politics and aesthetics, new ways to be human?

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