February 18, 2011

Vera List Center for Art and Politics Fellowships: Call for Applications

Vera List Center for Art and Politics

2009-2010 Vera List Center Fellows Lin + Lam and Robert Sember
(top: Lin + Lam introduce their fellowship project Change Encounters; bottom: Robert Sember conducts a listening session during his exhibition Vogue’ology

The center’s initiatives evolve around focus themes of particular urgency and broad resonance. In the face of virtual realities, social media and disembodied existences, the center in 2011-2013 will examine the nature of our material world under the heading of “thingness.” It will focus on the material conditions of our lives, and call for a comprehensive understanding of the relationship between objects and people, that may provoke more responsible, ethical and ecologically sound politics. Over the course of four semesters, thingness will be dissected and thematic program clusters will be formed around topics such as forensics, ecology, speculative materialism, and biology. The Vera List Center Fellows contribute to the intellectual foundation of the center, and through their fellowship projects advance the understanding of the focus theme.

The fellowship is part-time, non-residential, and carries a 10,000 USD stipend. Fellows have access to the libraries of The New School and New York University as well as to a wide range of activities throughout the university. Meetings and informal gatherings with New School faculty and other constituencies are organized throughout the year.

Journalists, historians, visual and performing artists, critics, curators, and cultural practitioners working in any field where they engage art and politics. The New School is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution and encourages applications from minority candidates as well as from individuals without institutional affiliation.

• Artistic and/or scholarly excellence of fellowship proposal project.
• Significance of project to the candidate’s long-term practice.
• Does the proposal relate to the focus theme in explicit and creative ways?
• Does the fellowship project reflect or benefit from the proximity to The New School?

• April 11, 2011 – Initial application due, followed by reviews by members of the VLC staff, the VLC Advisory Committee, past fellows and New School faculty.
• Mid-April to early May – Finalists are invited to expand on their proposals.
• Late May – Announcement of fellowship appointments.
• Fellowship terms: ten months between fall of 2011 and spring of 2013.

Vera List Center for Art and Politics
Founded in 1992 and named in honor of the late philanthropist Vera List, the Vera List Center for Art and Politics at The New School examines the role of the arts in society and their relationship to the socio-political climate in which they are created. Positioned where scholarship develops into resource and policy, the center organizes public programs that respond to pressing social and political issues of our time as articulated by the academic community and visual and performing artists. The center complements the university’s educational mission and brings together scholars and students, the people of New York, and national and international audiences to explore new modes and possibilities for civic engagement.

For general information on VLC programs:

For details on fellowship, application form and procedure:

To inquire about focus theme and fellowship:
Contact [email protected]

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