Call for Fellowships in Human Rights and the Arts for AY 2021–22

Call for Fellowships in Human Rights and the Arts for AY 2021–22

Bard College

Jason De Leon: Hostile Terrain 94 (2019). (c) Maria Baranova, courtesy of Fisher Center at Bard

January 21, 2021
Call for Fellowships in Human Rights and the Arts for AY 2021–22
Bard College
1442 Annandale Rd
Annandale-on-Hudson, New York 12504
United States
Hours: Monday–Friday 10am–5pm

The OSUN Center for Human Rights & the Arts invites applications for two one-year research and teaching fellowships in human rights and the arts. The positions are open to individuals working in a variety of fields where human rights and the arts intersect, including artists, curators, researchers, scholars, writers, filmmakers, advocates and activists.

The fellowships cover a period of one year, i.e. two academic semesters, from July 1, 2021 through June 30, 2022, and are based at Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY. 

The Fellows will pursue their own research or creative practice within the interdisciplinary and critical framework of the Center, and contribute to the curriculum of the Center’s MA Program in Human Rights and the Arts by teaching one course each semester. The MA program, which will admit its first cohort in 2021–22, explores the encounter between human rights and the arts as fields of academic knowledge, professional work, and artistic practice, while also offering students opportunities to explore ways of confronting the conceptual and practical perplexities of that encounter. The goal of the fellowship program is to support outstanding thinkers and practitioners and thus to strengthen research, creation, and teaching at the intersection of human rights and the arts. 

The Center will award one Fellowship to a practitioner (artistic or activist/advocate), and one to a researcher or scholar, each year.  We recognize that these categories are often blurry and encourage applications from those who cannot in advance specify to which group they belong. 

Compensation and benefits
Fellows will receive a full-time salary and health insurance. Fellows will also be provided with office space, a computer, and library access.

Applicants should hold a terminal degree or equivalent training and professional accomplishment in their field, have experience teaching or lecturing at the college level, and possess a track record of successful research and scholarship, creative practice, or civic engagement and advocacy.

Fellowship expectations
Deliver a public talk during their appointment year on a relevant topic and based on their work.

Design and teach one graduate course each semester in the MA Program in Human Rights & the Arts, with the understanding that such courses will be open to the broader Bard College and OSUN communities.

Actively participate in the public life of the OSUN Center for Human Rights & the Arts, including taking part in or organizing public events, productions or exhibitions, and workshops or conferences.

Be in residence at Bard College or the vicinity, or demonstrate to the program’s satisfaction the ability to provide substantial campus presence to fulfill responsibilities relating to in-person participation (e.g., teaching, office hours, attendance at events, etc.).

Please note that Fellows may not hold any other fellowships or visiting positions concurrently, and that the appointments cannot be deferred to a later term.

Application process
Candidates should apply online via Interfolio and submit the following documents:

–cover letter summarizing your current research and proposed work during the appointment period. The statement should not exceed 1,500 words.
–curriculum vitae and list of publications, performances, exhibits, or projects.
–teaching statement—not in excess of 500 words and including a reflection on diversity, inclusion, and equality in the context of this Fellowship—and brief descriptions of two proposed courses.
–sample of recent scholarly, artistic, or professional work.
–contact information for three references.

Deadline: all materials must be received by Monday, February 26, 2021, 11:59pm EST. The position begins on July 1, and Fellows are expected to be in residence at the College during the teaching semesters. In case of inquiries, please email hrp [​at​]

Bard College is an equal opportunity employer and we welcome applications from those who contribute to our diversity. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, mental, or physical disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, familial status, veteran status, or genetic information. Bard is committed to providing access, equal opportunity, and reasonable accommodation for all individuals in employment practices, services, programs, and activities.

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