Editor, The Arts in Society Collection

Mario Minichiello, University of Newcastle, Australia

I went to art and design school to explore an irrepressible instinct to question the culture in which we live and to communicate ideas through my own visual language.

I studied graphic design because I wanted to be a disruptive influence on the established hierarches of power and control in society and help change the world for the better. Design and visual communication not only provides solutions to problems, but remediates experience promotes clarity of thinking and encourages creative ideas.

In this way we are developing the human capacity to meet the challenges of our future. The chance to influence how people in any society think and behave, even for a brief moment, is a positive intervention in a world that is increasingly concerned with mindless celebrity, consumerism and self-interest. We have to strive to make life better and not merely make ourselves financially richer.

PhD, Loughborough University – England.
Advanced Illustration, St Martins School of Art - England
Bachelor of Arts (Honours), Leicester University DMU – England.

Fields of Research
Practice based action research and phenomenology.
Political Art.
Critical thinking.
Design thinking and human behavior.
Art and Design in application to medical applications.
Serious Games and user experience for advanced learning.

Articles published in the Arts in Society Collection are peer reviewed by scholars who are active members of the Arts in Society knowledge community. Reviewers may be past or present conference delegates, fellow submitters to the collection, or scholars who have volunteered to review papers (and have been screened by Common Ground’s editorial team). This engagement with the knowledge community, as well as Common Ground’s synergistic and criterion-based evaluation system, distinguishes the peer review process from journals that have a more top-down approach to refereeing.

Arts in Society reviewers are assigned to papers based on their academic interests and scholarly expertise. In recognition of the valuable feedback and publication recommendations that they provide, reviewers are acknowledged as Associate Editors in the volume that includes the paper(s) they reviewed. Thus, in addition to the Arts in Society Collection's Editors and Advisory Board, the Associate Editors listed below have contributed significantly to the overall editorial quality and content of the collection.

  • Caroline Archer, UK Type, Birmingham, UK
  • Robyn Archer, Performer and Director, Paddington, Australia
  • Mark Bauerlein, National Endowment for the Arts, Washington, D.C., USA
  • Tressa Berman, California College of the Arts, San Francisco, USA; UTS-Sydney, Australia
  • Judy Chicago, Artist and Author, New Mexico, USA
  • Nina Czegledy, University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada; Concordia University, Montreal, Canada
  • James Early, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C., USA
  • Jennifer Herd, Queensland College of Art, Griffith University, Brisbane, Australia
  • Fred Ho, Composer and Writer, New York, USA
  • Gerald McMaster, Curator, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, Canada
  • Fred Myers, New York University, New York, USA
  • Darcy Nicholas, Porirua City Council, Porirua, New Zealand
  • Daniela Reimann, Karlsruher Institute of Technology, University of the State of Baden-Wuerttemberg, Germany
  • Arthur Sabatini, Arizona State University, Phoenix, USA
  • Peter Sellars, World Arts and Culture, University of California, Los Angeles, USA
  • Ella Shohat, New York University, New York, USA
  • Judy Spokes, Arts Victoria, South Melbourne, Australia
  • Tonel (Antonio Eligio Fernández), Artist and Art Critic, Havana, Cuba
  • Marianne Wagner-Simon, World Art Organization, Berlin, Germany