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Contemporary Culture, Art & Politics (CCAP)

Contemporary Culture, Art & Politics (CCAP)

The Contemporary Culture, Art & Politics (CCAP) is a research group within NIEA, UNSW Art & Design. The group was formed in 2003 to promote research into the impact of visual culture on debates concerned with contemporary political themes and issues.

The CCAP produces works by art and cultural theorists, artists, and curators responding to issues shaping and emerging from the contemporary global political climate, including globalism, terrorism, violance, migration, displacement and postcoloniality. Researchers investigate the relationship between art and politics, identifying new forms of visual art and approaches to aesthetics in the context of globalisation and contemporary political conflict. The CCAP program includes publications, exhibitions, conferences and symposia addressing diverse forms of political and social engagement.

The CCAP facilitates the formation of research clusters comprised of staff and postgraduate students, and establishes national and international networks that connect leaders in the field of visual culture and politics studies. CCAP researchers collaborate with a number of international institutions across the Netherlands, Germany, China and South Africa.

Research strands within the CCAP include:

  • Globalisation
  • Contemporary South East Asian Art 
  • Art of Trauma and Conflict
  • Migration and Mobility studies
  • Culture and Technology
  • Art and Affect
  • Indigenous Art and Politics


Research Leaders
Professor Jill Bennett
Dr David McNeill
Felicty Fenner
Dr Anna Munster
Professor Jennifer Biddle
Dr Michele Barker
Associate Professor Leong Chan
Jacqueline Clayton
Professor Dennis Del Favero
John Gillies
Professor Ian Howard
Simon Hunt
Rilka Oakley
Wendy Parker
Dr Uros Cvoro
Dr Chrisoula Lionis
Dr Tim Gregory
Dr Veronica Tello
Dr Lindsay Kelley

Professor Paul Patton—School of Humanities and Languages (Philosophy), Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS)
Professor Edward Scheer—School of the Arts and Media, FASS
Professor Bill Ashcroft—School of Humanities and Languages, FASS
Associate Professor Andrew Murphie—School of the Arts and Media, FASS
Dr Niamh Stephenson—School of Public Health and Community Medicine, Faculty of Medicine
Dr Zanny Begg—Director, Tin Sheds Gallery, University of Sydney
Dr Jennifer Deger—ARC Future Fellow, College of Arts and Social Sciences, Australian National University