Paul Gladston is a full professor at Nottingham - Chair of Contemporary Visual Cultures and Critical Theory. 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 Chinese art with particular reference to the concerns of critical theory. His recent book-length publications include Contemporary Art in Shanghai: Conversations with Seven Chinese Artists (Timezone 8 – Blue Kingfisher, 2011); a special edition of the Journal of Visual Art Practice, ‘Contemporary Chinese Art and Criticality’, co-edited with Katie Hill (2012); ‘Avant-Garde’ Art Groups in China, 1979–89 (Intellect and University of Chicago Press, 2013); and Contemporary Chinese Art: A Critical History (Reaktion and University of Chicago Press, 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 South Bank Centre in London in 2012.