The OSUN Center for Human Rights and the Arts at Bard College (CHRA) announces the appointment of filmmaker and scholar Argyro Nicolaou and curator Juliana Steiner as its 2023–24 resident research and teaching fellows. This year’s applicant pool was competitive and diverse, featuring over ninety six candidates from sixteen countries, demonstrating the richness of the contemporary landscape of research on and practice in human rights and the arts.
The goal of this fellowship program is to support outstanding engagement in human rights and the arts by scholars, artists, and activists. Fellows are appointed for a one-year period to pursue their own research, contribute to the curriculum of the M.A. program in Human Rights and the Arts, and actively participate in the public life of the Center, Bard College, and OSUN.
CHRA Director, Tania El Khoury says, “Scholar Nicolaou and curator Steiner will bring to CHRA an impressive expertise in politically-engaged research, writing, and artistic practice. They both work in various locations, political realities, and across mediums. We are excited to be in conversation with them and the communities they collaborate with.”
Ziad Abu-Rish, the director of the MA in Human Rights & the Arts, says, “Nicolaou and Steiner bring a tremendous range and depth of theoretical and practical knowledge that further enriches our MA program. We are looking forward to learning and growing with them.”
Nicolaou and Steiner will each design and teach two seminars over the course of the academic year, as well as organize and contribute to public programs that engage students, faculty, and staff at Bard and across the Open Society University Network. The OSUN Center for Human Rights and the Arts (CHRA) researches, inspires, and extends the intersection of art and human rights. The fellow’s presence at Bard and within OSUN will further CHRA’s mission of supporting multidisciplinary and collaborative knowledge production on the intersection of human rights and the arts.
For more information about the 2023-24 OSUN Center for Human Rights and the Arts Fellows, read their bios here.