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Les Joynes is visiting faculty in the School of Art at Renmin University of China, Beijing where he created their course on Modern and Contemporary American Art History. He has presented and lectured at Cambridge University; University of California, Santa Barbara; National University of Singapore; La Salle College of Art, Singapore; University of Coventry; University of Lincoln, University of the Arts London; Leeds Metropolitan University.

He was keynote speaker on Arts Research at the Young Researchers Conference at the Mongolian National University of Education and recently founded the Modern and Contemporary Art Lecture Series at Mongolian State University of Art and Culture.


He has presented on the artist as explorer and nomadic art practices at Parsons School of Art/ New School University, New York for the ProjectAnywhere conference “Art and the Outermost Limits of Location-Specificity” and presented on the Artist as Explorer at the 2016 College Art Association Conference, Washington, D.C.


Selected Lectures and Presentations

Contemporary Arts in Higher Education, Recent and Future Developments in Mongolia (US Department of State and American Center for Mongolia Studies), Teachers College, Columbia University, New York (2017).


Arts research and notions of local and global identity, Research Centre for Transnational Art, Identity and Nation (TrAIN) at The University of the Arts London (May, 2016).


FormLAB as a structure for artist exploration. Pulse/ Play, Pulse Art Fair, Curated by Joey Lico, The Cultivist, New York (March, 2016).


The Artist as Explorer, College Arts Association Conference in Washington DC. (February, 2016).


FormLAB: Arts-based Research in the Field (Keynote Presenter), The Young Researcher’s Forum, Mongolian National University of Education, Ulaanbaatar (September, 2015).


The art of William Kentridge - a special presentation with the director of the Ullens Center Museum, Beijing for students from Renmin University. (July, 2015).


FormLAB and New Forms of Intercultural Performance. Cambridge University, Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities (March, 2015).


FormLAB: A Nomadic Structure for Geographically-Dispersed Research, PhD Masterclass, at University of the Arts London. Chelsea School of Art, London (March, 2015).


New media and new forms of international art - a presentation to students from Renmin University, MediaArtChina, National Art Museum of China  (July, 2014).


Visual Art as Cultural Interface, Presentation at Columbia University, Teachers College, New York (November, 2014).


Intercultural Arts Research as Practice. Lecture, University of Lincoln, UK (March, 2014).


Intercultural Arts Research as Practice. Lecture, University of Coventry, UK (February, 2014).


FormLAB: Nomadic and Geographically Dispersed Practice, College Arts Association Conference, Chicago (February, 2014).


FormLAB: Research and intercultural artmaking in Mongolia, US Department of State.The American Center in Ulaanbaatar, (October, 2014).


Contemporary Art and Performance: Chinese artists who have lived in New York (Special presentation with Chinese artist Fang Lu) at Renmin University International Summer Program in Beijing. (July, 2013).


American Modern and Contemporary Art History (Lecture series) at Renmin University International Summer Program in Beijing. (2013-present).


Metaphor for the unconscious: discussion on the Portals Series and remembering Alain Renais’ film Last Year at Marienbad (1961). Thomas Jaeckel Gallery, New York (March, 2011).


(Beyond Anime and Manga): New Trends in Contemporary Art in Japan, Otis College of Art, Los Angeles (January, 2000).

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