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January 17, 2022

Scholarship applications: spring/summer 2022

The New Centre for Research & Practice

Abie Franklin, A Forest Paint Itself, 2021. Mixed media. Courtesy of the artist.

Thanks to the continuous support of friends, members and students, 2021 was the New Centre’s most successful year, despite the complications resulting from the ongoing COVID pandemic. This year, we hope to maintain and improve upon our status as the leading institution for online graduate-level pedagogy in philosophy, art and curation, architecture and design, and transdisciplinary humanities. We will be supplementing our longstanding attention to theoretical aspects of technology with practical offerings, including introductions to programming languages and blockchain, cryptocurrencies and NFTs.

Scholarship applications for our certificate programs are now open from January 17 to February 14, 2022. To apply, please complete this form. Applications should include a writing sample and a cover letter explaining your interests and need for financial relief. Applicants from the Global South will automatically be considered for a 50 percent scholarship. Currently, half of our full scholarship recipients are from the Global South, and half are women.

The New Centre's spring/summer 2022 season will feature seminars by Adam Berg, J.-P. Caron, Colin Drumm, Cymene Howe, Mina Khanlarzadeh, Ed Keller & Carla Leitão, Anna Longo, Cecile Malaspina, Thomas Mical, Jason Mohaghegh, Ross McElwain, Reza Negarestani, Daniel Sacilotto, Carl Sachs and Jim Schrub. Tony Yanick will also be leading our first hands-on workshop on database design, programming, and data visualization for artists and humanities scholars. For more information about our Spring/Summer offerings, please visit the seminars page.

If you're interested in joining The New Centre's community and accessing our archives, consider becoming a member. The membership is currently only 75 USD for two years (instead of 300), and 50 USD for a year (instead of 150). Our archive includes 800+ hours of content delivered by internationally-renowned thinkers. Members can also audit all ongoing and upcoming seminars, get a Google account with unlimited cloud storage, pay reduced rates for consultations, and promote their activities via our mailing list and social media channels.

We have just expanded our season to reflect the academic year in other higher-education institutions and our pedagogic parameters have been modified to further accommodate students’ concerns. A historic and popular seminar by Simon DeDeo on the future of intelligence from fall 2021 will be made publicly available on our YouTube channel soon.

In 2022, we will debut an accredited post-graduate program in cooperation with ESAP (Escola Superior Artística do Porto), details of which should be explained in a separate announcement. We also plan to run a series of events and interviews as part of the next Venice Biennale opening days, with programming to be announced soon. Our researchers are currently working with Royal Holloway's Centre for Continental Philosophy on a conference titled "Unlearning Nihilism" with an open call for papers, focusing on how the embracement or rejection of nihilism structures the history of the humanities.

In the last season, we organized a workshop on generative algorithms for Goethe Institute in Munich. With Adam Mickiewicz Institute and ARTWORKS, we developed original ways of connecting researchers and fellows to our networks of creative resources. The New Centre's institutional membership costs a flat annual fee of 500 USD. If you are interested in becoming an institutional member or collaborating with us, please click here.

In March, our publishing platform Triple Ampersand (&&&) will publish a debut book from Anil Bawa-Cavia. Titled Logiciel: Six Seminars on Computational Reason. Originating from a New Centre seminar, it addresses debates from the simulation hypothesis to the epistemological limits of AI. To preorder, please click here. The &&& Journal continues to act as a laboratory for theoretical speculations for our students, instructors and members, and it has just issued an open call for papers.

In addition, The New Centre public programs serve as channels for our community to engage with one another and with artists, curators, and academics with whom their research intersects. In the past season, Sheltering Places has produced discussions with guests Benjamin Bratton, Lukas Likavcan, Esther Leslie and Peli Grietzer. Last fall, we also debuted a new series of videos as part of our public program, titled #AccLab, featuring pill-sized excerpts of our seminars touching on particular theoretical and practical subjects for the general public.

Starting this Spring, Cécile Malaspina overtakes our Art & Curatorial Practice Program. We are looking forward to what her distinguished intellectual input, academic expertise and network will bring to the program.

Finally, we would like to congratulate some of our researchers for their recent academic successes: Zenobio Almeida for being admitted to the Terraforming program at Strelka Institute; Sebastian Yaníz for being admitted to the post-graduate of arts program at UNAM; and Romulo Moraes for recently starting his PhD at CUNY Graduate Center with a Fulbright scholarship.

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