Barthes / Burgin, John Hansard Gallery, 13 Feb - 16 April 2016. Curated by S. Manghani and Ryan Bishop.

Re: Making, L4 Gallery, University of Southampton, 13 Feb - 5 March 2016. Curated by S. Manghani and J. Birkin.

Reading Room: Leaves, Threads and Traces, Winchester School of Art Gallery, 3 - 21 November 2015. Curated by S. Manghani, A. Jain, L. Newington, A. Davis et al.

Drawing Together (participatory drawing event), Discovery Centre, Wincheter, Saturday 17 October 2015, part of 10 Days (Winchester Biennial). Co-convened by Cheng-Chu Weng and Sunil Manghani.

Image-Text-Object: Practices of Research, L4 Gallery, University of Southampton, 10 Feb - 16 March 2014. Curated by S. Manghani and J. Birkin.

Articles & Chapters

Manghani, S. (2017) ‘Neutral Life: Roland Barthes’ Late Work’, Theory, Culture & Society. [forthcoming]

Manghani, S. ‘Drawing Desires’ in A Companion to Contemporary Drawing, ed. by Kelly Chorpening and Rebecca Fortnum. Wiley Blackwell. [in preparation]

Manghani, S. ‘Zero Degree Image’, in E. Alloa and C. Cappelletto (eds.) Dynamis of Images: Moving Images In a Global World. Contact Zones series, De Gruyter. [in preparation]

Manghani, S. (2017) ‘The art of Paolo Cirio: exposing new myths of big data structures’, Theory, Culture & Society. 34, 7-8.

Manghani, S. (2017) ‘The Pleasure of (Music) Video’ in Music/Video: Histories, Aesthetics, Media, ed. G. Arnold et al., Bloomsbury, pp.21-40.

Manghani, S. (2017) ‘Ring Cycles’ in Jeffrey Dennis 'Ringbinder' [catalogue], Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art, Sunderland (supported by Arts Council England, Sunderland City Council and University of the Arts, London).

Manghani, S. (2017) ‘Painting as Commitment’, Journal of Contemporary Painting, Vol.3, No-1-2, pp.55-81.

Manghani, S. (2017) ‘Situations of Painting: An interview with Karin Kneffel’, Journal of Contemporary Painting, Vol.3, No-1-2, pp.157-176.

Manghani, S. (2016) ‘An Exercise in Drawing’, Barthes/Burgin: Notes Towards an Exhibition. Edinburgh University Press, pp. 57-71.

Manghani S., and Weng, C-C. (2015) ‘Zones of Indeterminacy: An Interview with Peng Yu’, Theory, Culture & Society, Vol. 32, No. 7–8, pp.300–309.

Manghani, S. (2015) 'Performing Kylie: Looks Divine', The Arena Concert: Music, Media and Mass Entertainment (ed. by R.Edgar, K.Fairclough-Isaacs, B.Halligan and N.Spelman). Bloomsbury, pp. 260-277.

Manghani, S. ‘Painterly explorations: Notes from India’s Kochi-Muziris Biennale’, Journal of Contemporary Painting, Vol.2, No.1, 2015, pp. 75-95.

Manghani, S. ‘The influence of cinema on painting’, Journal of Contemporary Painting, Vol.1, No. 1, 2015. pp. 121–144.

Manghani, S. ‘Image Theory’ in Encyclopedia of Aesthetics, edited by Michael Kelly. Oxford University Press, pp. 422-426.

#Afterglow: Notes on Transmediale 2014, Futurezone (Kurier), 11 February 2014.

Manghani S. and McDonald, K., ‘Desperately Seeking Kylie! Critical Reflections on William Baker’s White Diamond’ in Edgar, R., Fairclough-Issacs, K. and Halligan, B. (eds.) The Music Documentary in Film. Routledge, 2013.

Manghani, S., ‘Kylie Écriture’ in Bennett, P. & McDougall, J. (ed.) Barthes' “Mythologies” Today: Readings in Contemporary Culture. Routledge, 2013.

Fukukawa, K. and Manghani, S., ‘Transformations and Translations of Japanese Business and Society – A Retrospective’, in M. McIntosh (ed.), The Necessary Transition – Transition and Transformation Issues in the Journey towards the Sustainable Enterprise Economy. Greenleaf Publishing.

Guest Post: Designs on Conversation’, AHRC Digital Transformations Research Network (based on talk at Designing For Community-Powered Digital Transformations Workshop, Tate Britain, London, 15 May 2012).

‘Images: An Imaginary Problem?’ in J. Elkins and M. Naef (ed.) What is an Image? Pennsylvania State University Press, 2011, pp. 226-228.

Anonymous: Das Dilemma der Maske’, Futurezone (Kurier), 1 May 2012. [English version]

There’s Still 98% to Go’, Times Higher Education, 22 Dec 2011 - 4 Jan 2012, p.28.

‘Images: An Imaginary Problem?’ in J. Elkins and M. Naef (ed.) What is an Image? Pennsylvania State University Press, 2011, pp. 226-228.

Amidst the Culture of Efficiency’ in Culture Machine (part of ‘The University Debate’), Interzone, November 2010.

Yes... But When? - An Open Letter’ in Parallax (special issue, ‘Yes!’, ed. Gary Peters), Volume 16, No. 3, 2010, pp.62-73.

Ink and Wonder’, Times Higher Education, 15-26 April 2010, pp. 40-42.

‘Lost in Translation, Or Nothing to See But Everything' in Visual Cultures, ed. by James Elkins, Intellect Books, 2010, pp.27-42.

Instant History: The Berlin Wall Falls Again (and Again...)' in Eingebrannte Bilder. Zum Verhältnis von kollektivem Gedächtnis, Erinnerungskultur und Politik [Burnt Images. The Relationship among Collective Memory, Remembrance Culture and Politics]. Heinrich Böll Stiftung Dossier.

'Love Media: The Joy of Txt' in lo Squaderno, #13, September 2009, pp.27-30.

'Confessions of a Virtual Scholar, Or, Writing as Worldly Performance' in Journal of Writing in Creative Practices, special issue: ‘Writing Encounters within Performance and Pedagogical Practice’, Vol 2, Issue 2, 2009, pp.173-192.

'Making Metapictures Political: Public Screenings of the Fall of the Berlin Wall' in Northern Lights, Vol. 7, Issue 1, 2009, pp.113-131.

'Love Messaging: Mobile Phone Txting Seen Through the Lens of Tanka Poetry' in Theory, Culture & Society, Volume 26, Issues 2-3, 2009, pp.209-232.

Review: 'Bombay Cinema: An Archive of the City - Ranjani Mazumdar' in Film International, Volume 7, Part 1, 2009, pp.67-69. speculations on bridging research and teaching in the arts in Art, Design and Communication in Higher Education, 2007, Vol 6, no. 2, pp 85-98.

The Business of Visual Culture in Electronic Journal of Radical Organization Theory, Volume 10 No. 1, October 2007.

'Public (re)visions: critical pictures of the fall of the Berlin Wall' in Film International, 2006, Vol.4, no.6, pp.16-27.

'London Film-maker's Co-opertative' and 'Television Documentary: Overview', entries for Encyclopedia of the Documentary Film, edited by Ian Aitken, Routledge, 2005.

In the Study of the Letters in Red in Journal of Visual Art Practice, 2005, Vol 4, no. 1, pp 19-27. See also: Rodrigo Velasco's Letters in Red

Review: James Elkins' 'A Skeptical Introduction to Visual Studies'in Journal of Visual Culture, 2004, Vol 3, no. 2, pp.373-377

Adventures in Subsemiotics: Towards a New 'Object' and Writing of Visual in Culture in Culture, Theory & Critique, 2003, Vol. 44, no. 1, pp.23-36.

Experimental Text-image Travel Literature in Theory, Culture & Society, 2003, Vol.20, no.3, pp.127-138.

Picturing Berlin, Piecing Together a Public Sphere / ベルリンをイメージする、公共圏をデザインする (Bilingual English/ Japanese edition). Originally published in Invisible Culture, Issue 6, 2003.

Situation Analysis:Forum for Critical Thought & International Current Affairs

Lectures, Conference Papers, Discussion Etc.

Seminar/Lecture: ‘Barthes’ Idiorrhythmy: Research notes towards an ethics of rhythm’ - Goldsmiths, 29 March 2016, part of the AHRC CHASE-funded seminar series on Rhythmanalysis.

Art Historical Leads Public Lecture: ‘Plasticity’, for British Art Show 8, Southampton City Art Gallery, 14 January 2017.

Art Historical Leads Public Lecture: ‘New Theatricality’, for British Art Show 8, John Hansard Gallery, 13 January 2017.

Panel discussion for launch of Marg special publication 'Kochi-Muziris Biennale' and Manghani & D’Souza’s India’s Biennale Effect (Routledge, 2016), with Natasha Ginwala, Geeta Kapur, Robert E.D'Souza and Jitish Kallat – Kochi-Muziris Biennale, Kochi, India, 13 December 2017.

Art Historical Leads Lecture: ‘Saenredam, Barthes, Burgin’, John Hansard Gallery, 14 April 2016.

‘If I were I painter…’ – Drawing Workshop/Seminar based around the mark-making of Roland Barthes, John Hansard Gallery, 2 April 2016.

Talk: ‘Marks of Neutrality’, On Writing and Drawing: Theorizing and Practicing Creativity with Roland Barthes (Symposium), Peter Scott Gallery, Lancaster University, 12 November 2015.

Panel Convenor/Speaker: ‘Works on Paper’ (with Céline Flécheux, and Beth Harland), Barthes at 100, 30-31 March 2015.

Talk: ‘A National or a Visual Culture?’, Contested Spaces, Lecture Series convened by Winchester School of Art for the Kochi-Muziris Biennale, India, 25-26 January 2015.

Talk: ‘Re-Forming the Image : Looking Beyond the Media Image as Iconic’, Dynamis de l’image. Pour une archéologie des possibles II, Eikones, Basel, 4-6 December 2014.

Panel Speaker/Chair: ‘Making the invisible visible - activating archives, institutions and platforms’ (with Ryan Bishop, Marq Smith, John Stack and Christina Duffy), Archives 2.0: Saving the Past, Anticipating the Future, National Media Museum, Bradford, UK, 25 November 2014.

Keynote: ‘Painting as Commitment’, Painting and Commitment, 21 June 2014, Firstsite, Colchester.

Talk: ‘A Theory of Image’, Imaging Images: Media, Model, Diagram, Images? Precisely! Symposium, Syracuse University, London, at studio of AL-A. 12 February 2014.

Talk: ‘Red Line, Many Lines’, DrawNEARFAR, UK - Vestlandsutstillingen, WSA Gallery, 17 October 2013.

Paper: Beyond Comprehension (panel: Back When Pluto Was Another Cold War Heavenly Body: Militarisation, Media & Space), Transmediale Festival, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin, 2 February 2013.

Keynote: LInes of Flight (with Tim Ingold and Martin Wood), Creativity and Critique, 6th Art of Management and Organization Conference, University of York (UK), 4-7 September 2012.

AHRC Research Network Talk: Designs on Conversation: #AreWeContent? at the Designing For Community-Powered Digital Transformations Workshop, Tate Britain, London, 15 May 2012 .

Public Talk: ‘Narrative & Image’ as part of a series of talks curated by the International Centre for Arts and Narrative. York Theatre Royal, Studio Theatre, 31 October 2011.

Neutral Views: “Philosophy” - Collaborative Analysis Session, Annual Conference of the Society for European Philosophy & the Forum for European Philosophy, 31 August - 3 September 2011.

Farewell To Visual Studies’, Stone Summer Theory Institute, Chicago.

Co-convened with James Elkins and Gustav Frank, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, 17-23 July 2011.

Writing With Images: An Art Symposium (with moderated discussion of 'Image Critique and the Fall of the Berlin Wall'). University Galleries, Illinois State University (ISU Center for Visual Arts Building), 22 April 2011.

Neutral Reading Group - a shared online reading of Roland Barthes’ The Neutral, his penultimate lecture course at the Collège de France (1978). 18 February - 3 June 2011.

Paper: Regarding Images Studies: Towards a New Ecology of Images

Pacific Northwest College of Art, 7 April 2011. Also at: International Conference on The Image, University of California, Los Angeles, 2-3 December 2010

Roundtable: Where Does your Digital Identity Exist?

Co-convened with Abhay Adhikari, Pacific Northwest College of Art, 7 April 2011.

Guest Lecture: Making Metapictures Political - Rescaling Images of the fall of the Berlin Wall

Hosted by Pacific University Visiting Scholars Program and the German Club. Pacific University, Oregon, USA, 6 April 2011.

Seminar: From Hyperlocal to Globally Anonymous: Digital Identity and the Cultural Sector.

Co-convened with Abhay Adhikari, hosted by Pacific University Visiting Scholars Program and the Berglund Center for Internet Studies, Pacific University, Oregon, USA, 5 April 2011.

Workshop: How To Research an Image That Is Not (Only) a Picture: Workshop on Interdisciplinary Research of Cultural, Social and Political Imagery.

Co-presented with Jon Simons, International Conference on The Image, University of California, Los Angeles, 2-3 December 2010

Guest Lecture: Re-Scaling Images of the Fall of the Berlin Wall

University of Salford, School of Media, Music and Performance, 18 July 2009.

Media Representation of MPs Expenses Row

BBC Radio York, Interview. 20 May 2009.

Paper: Neutral Position: Picturing a Critical Moment In-Between Theory and an Unsustainable World

Cultural Typhoon - Inter/Space , Sendai Mediatheque, 28-29 June 2008.

Battle for the Ten O'Clock News

BBC Radio York, Interview. 14 January 2008.  

Paper: Love Media: Loving Exchanges from Tanka to Mobile Phone Texting
Ubiquitous Media: Asian Transformations
, Theory, Culture & Society / University of Tokyo, 13-16 July 2007 (Also presented at the Tanka, Art & Creative Writing Symposium, Yorkshire Sculpture Park, July 24th 2007).

Panel: The visual culture of business

5th International Critical Management Studies 2007, University of Manchester, 11-13 July 2007. (See Proceedings / Discussion Paper: The Business of Visual Culture in Electronic Journal of Radical Organization Theory, Volume 10 No. 1, October 2007).

Guest Lecture: Media Events, Instant History and Public Journalism

Meiji University, Tokyo, Japan, 20th December, 2006.

Paper: Apparitions of Ealing Comedy: Research Notes on The Ladykillers, past and present
Ealing Revisited, Hull University, 4th November 2006.

Paper: Lost in Translation, Or Nothing to See But Everything

Visual Literacy Conference, University of Cork, Ireland, April 2005. (Also presented at the research seminar of the Getting Lost in Tokyo exhibition, Visual Research Centre, University of Dundee, June, 2005).

Guest Lecture: Picturing Berlin, Piecing Together a Public Sphere
Meiji University, Tokyo, Japan, 14 December, 2004.

Image & Critique: Image - Thought - Text, University of Nottingham, September 2003

Guest Lecture: Academic Literacy: Critical Methods & Research in the UK
Kobe Design University, Japan, 9 April, 2003.

Paper: Angels Run To Ground: Benjamin's Dialectics as Oscillation, not Standstill
Reading Benjamin's Arcades
, King Alfred's College, UK (in association with New Formations), 13 July 2002.

Paper: The Real Thing! The 'Movement' after September 11th

International Social Theory Consortium: 3rd Annual Conference, Inter-University Centre, Dubrovnik, Croatia, July 2-4 2002.

Crossroads in Cultural Studies: 4th International Conference, Tampere, Finland, 29 June - 2 July, 2002 - Paper: Naomi Klein's No Logo in Eastern Germany: reflections on an image critique discourse

Panel Member: Iconic Photography & Public Culture.
Visual Rhetoric, Indiana University, Bloomington, USA, 6-8 September 2001.

Panel Respondent: Text vs. Image: between Literature and the Visual Arts.

The Visual Turn, Yale University, USA, 6-8 April 2001.

Sunil Manghani | Professor of Theory, Practice & Critique

'97 Candles' (2012)

From 'RB' on FB, a 'living' reading of Mourning Diary.


Fickle (1994)

Black & White Super8 with original soundrack.

Lost Property Art Show (2001)

A (mis)guided tour of Lost Property prior to opening.


Seeing Degree Zero: Barthes/Burgin and Political Aesthetics (with R. Bishop), Edinburgh University Press, 2019.

Barthes/Burgin: Notes Towards an Exhibition (with R. Bishop), Edinburgh University Press, 2016

India’s Biennale Effect: A Politics of Contemporary Art (with R.E. D’Souza), Routledge India, 2016.

Farewell to Visual Studies (with J. Elkins & G. Franks), Penn State University Press, Stone Art Theory Institutes Series, 2015.

Image Studies: Theory and Practice,

Routledge, 2013.

See also: Companion Website

Images: A Reader
(with A.Piper & J.Simons),

Sage, 2006.

Intellect Books, 2008.

Images: Critical & Primary Sources,

Bloomsbury, 2013.

Painting: Critical & Primary Sources (with B. Harland), Bloomsbury, 2015.


Work-in-Progress: Neutral Life: Reflections on Roland Barthes’ Late Works | Zero Degree Seeing | Rhythmanalysis | Preparation of the Artwork | Situations of Writing

Editorial: Theory, Culture & Society | Theory, Culture & Society E-Specials | Journal of Contemporary Painting |

Image Studies - Blog, Intertext, Library, etc.

‘You are so good as to have a theory [...]’ (2013)

Image in the Making - thinking/making the image

Neutral Institute

Foundation for Cultural Research