The OSUN Center for Human Rights and the Arts at Bard College (CHRA) announces the appointment of Sabine El Chamaa and Lara Fresko Madra as its 2022–23 resident research and teaching fellows. This year’s applicant pool was competitive and diverse, featuring over fifty 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.
“Sabine and Lara are talented young researchers with daring intellectual, political, and aesthetic practices. They will explore with our students a range of investigative and documentary strategies, theoretical frameworks, and case-studies that will bring the front-lines of the struggle for rights into our classrooms,” said M.A. program director, Ziad M. Abu-Rish. “They are an essential part of our M.A. teaching team, intersecting with yet expanding the theoretical, methodological, topical, and geographic repertoires that anchor our graduate coursework.”
El Chamaa and Fresko 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 2022-23 OSUN Center for Human Rights and the Arts Fellows, read their bios here.