Talkshops. SHARED CAMPUS PhD Community


Tobias Klein (School of Creative Media, City University of Hong Kong) and Basia Sliwinska (Art History Institute, Universidade NOVA de Lisboa, Portugal) are inaugurating a new SHARED CAMPUS initiative embedded within the Social Transformation theme group. It is called TALKSHOPS, which are imagined as a series of online (Zoom) gatherings curated and chaired by us and led by PhD Stundets from across the Shared Campus community.

TALKSHOPS aim at intriguing participants from inter- and cross-disciplinary backgrounds where social transformation within art&design forms an umbrella for the exchange of ideas. We hope this initiative offers a meaningful platform for peer feedback and support.

The Talkshops are grounded in the practising of social justice, which we believe is foundational to pedagogy rooted in critical thinking. This fosters conditions for social transformation through encouraging learners as agentic political subjects and motivating them to struggle in the interest of more just, free and equal society. In Teaching to Transgress: Education as the Practice of Freedom (1994) bell hooks argues for a critical pedagogy that speaks to lived experiences ofvperipheral and marginalised groups, which is generative of authentic knowledge(s). hooks’ vision is at the core of talkshops departing from hook’s vision of education as the ‘practice of freedom’.

Dates 2024

• TALKSHOP #1: 17 May 2024
• TALKSHOP #2: July 2024 *
• TALKSHOP #3: September 2024 *
• TALKSHOP #4: October 2024 *
• TALKSHOP #5: November 2024 *

* exact dates tbc soon; more details to follow


Expanding Sensoria


Tully Arnot


17 May 2024


10:00am GMT

Corresponding: 11:00am London / 12pm Zurich / 6pm Hong Kong / 7pm Tokyo time

About the Facilitator

Tully Arnot’s interdisciplinary practice explores models of plant-based multisensory perception as well as how technology mediates our relationships with the natural world, through areas including plant robotics and the simulation of nature. As an educator, Tully has specialised in Audio Description and creative workshops for people who are blind or have low vision, as well as programs for neurodivergent audiences, with a focus on creative use of technology. Arnot is a current PhD Fellow at the School of Creative Media, with Professor Zheng Bo.


PhD students from across Shared Campus are invited to join – each Talkshop is limited to host a maximum of 15 partners in dialogue to enable a vibrant exchange of ideas and a collegial environment.
Please note that students from Shared Campus Full Partners and Social Transformation theme partners are given preference for activities organised by the Social Transformation theme group,

To book your place please sign up using this Google Form.

Zoom (link will be sent to the first 15 persons who sign up)