From 24 – 26 February 2020, Westminster International University in Tashkent (WIUT) had the privilege of hosting Professor Ian King - Chair in Aesthetics and Management at the University of the Arts, London and at the London College of Fashion. The purpose of Professor King’s visit was to contribute to market research and capacity building activities related to a potential new postgraduate programme, and executive education courses, in the Creative Industries at WIUT, including art and culture, tourism and media management.
During the visit, Professor King delivered a guest lecture for students and staff on ‘The potential of cultural governance for Uzbekistan and on valuing arts and cultural heritage’. Professor King also led a workshop on the same topic for WIUT staff and local experts in the Creative Industries, including representatives from the National Institute of Fine Art and Design, The British Council and Art & Culture Development Foundation.
Professor King further undertook a number of field trips to local organizations related to the Creative Industries, to learn from local experts and share with them his own experience, including the Art & Culture Development Foundation, and Uzreport TV (a local private news channel) – where he gave a special interview for the channel.
Short bio of Prof. Ian King
Prof. Ian King holds a chair in Aesthetics and Management at the University of the Arts, London. He is also presently Chair of the College Research Degrees Committee.
Professor King is also visiting professor at a number of academic institutions overseas, including the University of Antwerp, Belgium; Karlshochschule International University, Germany; and Shanghai Institute of Visual Art, China.
He has published journal articles and books in a variety of areas including Aesthetics, the Arts (including fine art, dance and cultural theory), Continental Philosophy, Fashion and Organizational Studies.