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Doctor Kai Syng Tan

Dr Kai Syng Tan

Assoc Prof in Arts and Cultural Ldrship

Accepting applications from PhD students.

Connect with Kai Syng


Address: Satellite - Park Avenue, Winchester, SO23 8DL


Kai (she/they) is an award-winning artist-academic-agitator who joined University of Southampton in July 2023. Tentacular and hyperactive, she is an experienced academic developer and teacher (PFHEA, National Teaching Award 2023 nomination, having taught in 200 universities worldwide), trans-disciplinary research innovator (including working on three books entangling creativity, futurity, anti-oppression, leadership with neuro-queering), creative practitioner (National Coordinating Centre for Public Engagement Culture Change Award; San Francisco International Film Festival Golden Gate Film Award; Biennale of Sydney) and curator of activities ranging from £0 to £4.8m (including the 75th Anniversary of the 5th Pan African Congress Celebrations to mark Black History Month that reached 18.2 million people worldwide, and the opening and closing ceremonies of Asia’s Paralympics praised as ‘game-changing’ by disability groups).

Personal website:
Instagram: @kaisyngtan
Twitter: @kaisyngtan 


- Critical & creative approaches to ‘leadership’, including inclusive, anti-colonial/beyond-colonial framings 

- Anti-oppression and emancipatory approaches; futurities; social and environmental justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) 

- Innovation in teaching, research & knowledge exchange

- Inter- and trans- disciplinary and cross-cultural co-creation, thinking, making, change-making & collaboration 

- Running and mobilities as creative arts & humanities discourse

- Curatorial research & practice

- Creative/ artistic practice-led/related-research; fine/visual art(s) practice and culture 

- Arts-psychiatry, arts-health & art-science; liberal & creative arts & humanities, STEM to STEAM  

- Neurodiversity, disability arts; inclusive design

- Social/public/community art; ‘public engagement’; public and patient involvement (PPI) 

- Live/performance art

- Mobilities, borders, place & geopolitics

- New media, locative media, film/video/cinema practice, theory and history; cine-essay 

- Art writing; writing as art

- And more!

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