Call for Applications: 2019 South Asian Studies Fellowships

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Cornell University’s South Asia Program (SAP) welcomes applications from scholars, writers, curators, and artists based in South Asia (only Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, or Sri Lanka) to visit Cornell University for a fellowship period of between two and four months to undertake research, artistic productions, and/or collaborations related to South Asian Studies. Fellows will have the opportunity to collaborate with Cornell faculty, post-doctoral fellows, and graduate students, and to involve themselves in South Asia Program activities. SAP has hosted two cohorts of fellows, in 2017 and 2018.

The South Asia Program will award two fellowships for residence at Cornell University between August and December 2019. Each Fellow will receive $6,000 and the necessary documents for J-1 visa application purposes. SAP cannot guarantee success in obtaining a visa, as this is issued by the US government. All travel, housing, health insurance, and visa fees are the responsibility of the Fellow. SAP can assist with securing housing on campus, subject to availability.

Cornell University’s South Asia Program is an interdisciplinary hub for Cornell students, faculty, staff, community members, and academic visitors. It has over 40 affiliated faculty from across Cornell’s colleges and professional schools, ranging from the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences to law, business, and public policy. The U. S. Department of Education has designated SAP as one of eight Title VI National Resource Centers for South Asia.

Requirements

  • Applicants must be resident in South Asia at the time of the fellowship to be eligible.
  • These fellowships cannot to be used for dissertation or master’s degree research.
  • Applicants who have undertaken studies, fellowships or employment in North America in recent years (since 2014) are not eligible.
  • Citizens of South Asian countries living outside of South Asia are not eligible.

Application

Applications must be submitted online by the 14 January 2019 deadline via https://fundingapp.einaudi.cornell.edu. The application link is at the bottom of the menu on the right, under “External Grants.”

Applications will be reviewed by an interdisciplinary faculty committee. Decisions will be made based on the quality of the proposed project, the demonstrated capability of the applicant to complete the project, and the project’s fit with Cornell faculty specializations and other university resources (such as the library, curatorial and performance opportunities, etc.).

Applications must include:

  1. All information in the online form, including highest degree received.
  2. A two-page CV including institutional affiliation, educational qualifications, and key publications/works produced.
  3. A two-page narrative explaining the work to be undertaken during the fellowship period, proposed dates for the fellowship, its relevance to your scholarly/artistic development, and which Cornell faculty and resources you would like to engage with.
  4. Email addresses of two recommenders. They will automatically receive an email with instructions for their letters of reference, which are due by 21 January 2019.

Please direct any questions to sap@einaudi.cornell.edu.

CfA – 1 PhD and 1 Postdoc position – “Mapping Transnational Conflict Heritage” funded research project, University of Amsterdam (deadline: 28 February 2019)

Applications welcomed for two positions within my research project
“Mapping Transnational Conflict Heritage: Radio Collections in Europe,”
funded via the NWO-Vidi grant, which will be hosted by the Amsterdam
School for Heritage, Memory and Material Culture (AHM) and the
Department of Media Studies at the University of Amsterdam.

*1. PhD position ‘Media Collections as Conflict Heritage in
Central-Eastern Europe, 1930-1960’
*Link:
www.uva.nl/shared-content/uva/en/vacancies/2018/11/18-705-phd-position-media-collections-as-conflict-heritage-in-central-eastern-europe-1930-1960.html
<http://www.uva.nl/shared-content/uva/en/vacancies/2018/11/18-705-phd-position-media-collections-as-conflict-heritage-in-central-eastern-europe-1930-1960.html>

*2. Postdoc position ‘Digital Media History – Mapping Transnational
Conflict Heritage’
*Link:
www.uva.nl/shared-content/uva/en/vacancies/2018/11/18-704-postdoctoral-position-digital-media-history—mapping-transnational-conflict-heritage.html
<http://www.uva.nl/shared-content/uva/en/vacancies/2018/11/18-704-postdoctoral-position-digital-media-history—mapping-transnational-conflict-heritage.html>

For both positions, the deadline for applications is 28 February 2019,
with the intended starting date as 1 August 2019.

Please feel free to distribute this message widely in your networks, and
you will also find both job positions advertised on
www.academictransfer.com <http://www.academictransfer.com>.

Call for Applications: Asian Graduate Student Fellowships 2019 (6 weeks In-residence) at Asia Research Institute, NUS, Singapore

The Asia Research Institute (ARI) of the National University of Singapore (NUS) invites applications from citizens of Asian countries currently enrolled in a fulltime Master’s or PhD degree at a university in an Asian country (except Singapore) for consideration for the award of Asian Graduate Student Fellowships. Offered to graduate students working in the Humanities and Social Sciences on Southeast Asian topics, the fellowship will allow the recipients to be based at NUS for an ‘in residence fellowship’ for a period of six (6) weeks. The aim of the fellowship is to enable scholars to make full use of the wide range of resources held in the libraries of NUS and the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies.

 

INTENSIVE ENGLISH ACADEMIC WRITING COURSE

A limited number of students may be selected to take part in a two-week long intensive course on English academic writing. This program is specifically intended for students who struggle with writing and/or communicating in academic English. You are asked to indicate in your application if you see a need for participating in this course. If you have already received training in this field or if you are a (near) native speaker you might not benefit from this course. Please note that those students who enroll in the English academic writing program will thus have two weeks less time to conduct research locally. Please consider carefully what is more important to you at this stage of your career.

 

REQUIREMENTS & EXPECTATIONS

The fellowship will commence on 17 June 2019, and scholars are expected to finish a paper of 8,000 words and make a presentation on their work at the “Singapore Graduate Forum on Southeast Asian Studies” to be organized from 22 to 26 July 2019. You are requested to have a draft of your paper and to submit it not later than two weeks before commencing the fellowship program (04 June 2019). This paper will be shared with your local mentor in preparation for your interactions with her/him.

 

Successful candidates can expect the following benefits:

  1. A one-time allowance of SGD500.00
  2. A one-time round trip travel subsidy by the most economical and direct route (via budget airline if available) on a reimbursement basis upon being accepted for the fellowship.
  3. Access to library and computer resources on campus. You can look forward to excellent library and internet computer facilities at NUS’ main library (http://www.lib.nus.edu.sg/), the library at the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies (ISEAS) (https://www.iseas.edu.sg/library) and the Lee Kong Chian Reference Library at the National Library (http://www.nlb.gov.sg) to facilitate your research for the dissertation. NUS’ main library has 2 million volumes covering all topics while ISEAS’ library has 200,000 on Southeast Asian topics, half of which are in Southeast Asian languages.
  4. Exposure to seminars by various experts in the field.
  5. A mentor/advisor will be appointed based on candidate’s research topic.
  6. The Training Employment Pass and Visa will be arranged for by ARI.
  7. On-campus accommodation will be arranged by ARI.

 

APPLICATION PROCESS

Interested applicants are invited to e-mail:

  1. The Application Form, click here for Application Form.
  2. A 2-page outline of your research proposal in English. The 2-page research proposal must include the following details:

a)      whether the data collection or fieldwork stage of the research has already been completed;

b)       how the fellowship will contribute to the research

c)       the types of sources to be consulted in Singapore

d)       proposed work plan during the fellowship.

 

  1. One letter of reference from your principal thesis supervisor must be sent confidentially to the same e-mail address by the deadline of 15 December 2018. Since this fellowship offers the opportunity to enroll in an English Academic Writing Course specifically targeted at graduate students who might benefit from this, make sure  your referee addresses how and why you would benefit from such a programme. If your wish is to conduct research locally in Singapore please make sure your referee addresses the usefulness and feasibility of this.

 

CRITERIA

  1. Eligible candidates must have completed their fieldwork by the time the Fellowship starts in June 2019.
  2. Basic proficiency of the English Language.

 

Please send the completed application documents to Mdm Kalaichelvi at arikk@nus.edu.sg by 15 December 2018. Referee must send the letter of reference in confidence to the same e-mail address.

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Fully AHRC funded PhD positions at School of Media, Univ. of Brighton

The School of Media at the University of Brighton is seeking applicants
for Techne Doctoral awards fully funded by the AHRC
Supervision for PhD research, is offered in the following areas:

·       Digital Media
·       Data Culture
·       Environmental Communication
·       Game Studies
·       Community Media
·       Screen Cultures
·       Digital Transformations
·       Media Practice
·       Photography
·       Film Studies
·       Sound Studies and Music
·       Gender and Sexuality
·       Digital Humanities
·       Cultural Informatics
·       Creative Industries
·       Mobility and Transport
·       Activism
·       Popular Culture
·       Immersive Media/AR/VR
·       Creative Media
·       Innovation

We are also interested in Candidates for PhDs by Practice.

For more about the School of Media, please see:
https://www.brighton.ac.uk/about-us/contact-us/academic-departments/school-of-media.aspx
and
https://www.brighton.ac.uk/research-and-enterprise/postgraduate-research-degrees/programme-areas/media-and-communication.aspx

For more about the technē  2019 scheme, please see
https://www.brighton.ac.uk/research-and-enterprise/postgraduate-research-degrees/funding-opportunities-and-studentships/dtp-ahrc-techne.aspx

For further information please contact Janet Anderson  at
J.Delve@Brighton.ac.uk

Call for Researchers: ICAS:MP, Media and the Constitution of the Political (TM 7)

ICAS:MP, TM7 (Thematic Module 7), invites applications for junior researcher positions. These are for archival collections, ethnographic research and interviews, and legal research, under the supervision of module coordinators Ravi Vasudevan (CSDS) and Srirupa Roy (University of Goettingen). The thematic focuses of the research include:

Social Media, Data and Information Infrastructures

This project looks at data and information infrastructures that have emerged from the rise of social media. The expansion of social media and low-cost mobile phones has seen rapidly growing data collection infrastructures at all points in India. Governments have been modernising data collection while addressing paper-based systems. Private companies work with a host of smaller intermediaries and advanced analytics to analyse and make sense of data.  Networks that work with mobile phones increasingly rely on a steady stream of data about user experiences. Research sites may include government information systems, small scale data collection agencies, media companies, new start-ups that take social media experiences as a significant site of their work. Researchers should be able to combine field work with an interest in conceptual issues posed by social and digital media.

Crowds, Media and Democracy

Research will focus on crowd formations in and through media, from photography and poster art through newsreel and fiction film and sonic technologies such as loudspeakers, to video and the contemporary virality of social media circulation and aggregation. It will explore how media have been deployed to capture, project, invite identification with and mobilize people as mass formations. The project will explore a range of media archives, and their framing by key categories of political discourse, crowd, mass, procession, assembly, riot, uprising, revolution; how they are attached to legal discourse, evidence, culpability, and contest; and how they relate to the political, in terms of tracking key sites, vectors and scales of transformation.

Media in Times of War

This project will explore the relationship between war, media technologies, and the register of the political. Our aim will be to look at how media – radio programmes, photographs and posters, newsreel, propaganda, instructional, educational and fiction films, video film, websites, blogs  and social media – capture and reflect on war, at the front, in barracks and camps, but also in the relation between “home” and the front, as zones which produce men, material and affect. We are also interested in the latency of war, as in the dispersal, distribution, and supra-legal shoring up of military force into border regions, and through paramilitary networks. We are interested in levels of information and publicity about military and paramilitary forms, the levels of visibility and secrecy through which the relationship of the civil and the military is calibrated. We are also interested in the entanglement of media technology with war – as technologies of vision, of seeing and targeting, of listening and surveillance, as deployed by humans and machines – and in the overlap of peace-time and war-time technologies.

Law and Media

This project addresses the penetration of law by media, ie, where law has more than an external and regulatory relationship to media, but is a sphere whose material forms, practices and symbolic edifice are constituted by media. Here, we would like to consider how police stations, legal practices, law courts, forensic procedures and cyber-labs become the site for a variety of media practices, discourses about media, and relate to the complicated phenomena of the media trial.  Scholarship attentive to law and its cultural forms has noted how the court has a certain theatrical quality, in its formal and ritual qualities of performance. It also acquires a cinematic force in the articulation of the visual, the visceral, and the verbal, as it re-expresses the boundaries of permissible discourse in adjudicating censorship. In this project we propose to research more broadly the media form of the world of law: in legislative acts, first information reports and police diaries, judicial pronouncements, case law and file work. We will research paper and speech, graphics and indexical traces, and the status of recorded speech on tape, cassette, as audio-file, new analytic engagements with the voice, and the use of analog and digital video as evidence. We propose ethnographic research, legal research into legislations and case law, and archival research.

Journalism after the Emergency

In collaboration with ICAS: MP Thematic Module 3 on democracy, researchers will be invited to work with, classify and add to interviews conducted with leading journalists going back to the time of the Indian Emergency, 1975-1977.

Research will be conducted under the supervision of module coordinators. The duration of research, and the level of compensation, will be determined by project needs and researcher experience. Send a statement of purpose of one page, indicating how you would contribute to any of these research themes, along with a CV, to:

Laila Abu-Er-Rub, Head of Administration, ICAS:MP abu-er-rub@mwsindia.org

The deadline has been extended to 25 November 2018.

For more,  see the page at Sarai

SSAF–AAA Research Grant for Histories of Ideas, Art Writing, and Visual Culture 2019

The Sher-Gil Sundaram Arts Foundation (SSAF) and Asia Art Archive (AAA) in India are pleased to announce the SSAF–AAA Research Grant for Histories of Ideas, Art Writing, and Visual Culture 2019. This grant, which marks the second year of collaboration between SSAF and AAA in India, emerges from AAA’s ongoing engagement with histories of art writing, and its initiatives to map, compile, translate, and republish texts from various contexts. This grant is in line with SSAF’s commitment to work with cross-disciplinary initiatives addressing the oppressed and the marginalised, and alternative and heterodox practices in the arts and in intellectual work.

The grant aims to:

  • Support research on critical histories of art writing, art-making, and visual culture in twentieth/twenty-first century India and other countries of South Asia, with a focus on their manifestations in print form such as books, journals, magazines, and newspapers.
  • Open research avenues into dalit, feminist, peasant, working-class, and other political histories, viewed as a constituent part of wider discursive fields, specific regional milieu, and the politics of image-making and circulation.
  • Help develop tools and methods for critical art historical analyses of regional discourses and debates in politics and culture, preferably in but not limited to the regional languages.

Researchers are encouraged to propose projects that open new areas of study; offer close readings of images and texts; map circuits of dissemination; and suggest new connections between the visual arts, existing intellectual histories, and social, political, and cultural movements.

 

Grant Focus for 2019

The focus of the SSAF–AAA Research Grant this year is periodicals as a site that shapes perceptions, imaginations, and notions of what constitutes culture and the public sphere. We invite proposals that interrogate how periodicals of different kinds—journals, magazines, little magazines, etc.—contributed to, constituted, and were embedded in the cultural politics of a historical moment. Preference will be given to proposals that focus on how the visual arts—including cover art, illustrations, cartoons, centre spreads, photographs, portfolios, and reproductions of artworks—were positioned in periodicals in different languages and/or different regions. Areas of research may include:

  1. One or more social movements that extended to periodicals and mapping the place of visuals therein.
  2. An interesting moment in the life of one or more periodicals, and the role of visuals therein.
  3. The travel of ideas on arts, aesthetics, and cultural practices within periodicals, and as they occurred via translation between languages.
  4. The intellectual contribution of one or more writers, editors, or publishers who played an important role in the evolution of a periodical, and in the positioning of visual arts within it.
  5. Debates on concepts and categories stemming from regional languages, as reflected in periodicals.

 

APPLICATION PROCESS

Eligibility Criteria

  • Individuals who are Indian nationals residing in India, or collectives whose members are Indian nationals residing in India.
  • Individuals with relevant academic qualifications; or who are already engaged in research, with access to private or public collections; or who have professional experience in writing/publishing; or activists with years of engagement/experience in their chosen fields.

Deadline for Applications
15 December 2018

Duration of Grant
One year | 1 April 2019–30 March 2020

Grant Amount
Up to INR 3,00,000

Grant Deliverables

  • Report
    A detailed report (of not less than 7,500 words) on the research undertaken, to be submitted at the conclusion of the grant period.
    Suggested appendices, in addition to the report:

    • Interviews of persons relevant to the research (to be submitted in text form in English)
    • Translations into English of select texts used in the research
    • Bibliography of published and unpublished sources used in the research
    • Timeline of the periodical/writer/subject under study
    • Original, digitised, or photocopied material collected during research
  • Presentation/Workshop
    • A public presentation of the research, to be organised by AAA in collaboration with other institutions and organisations (venue and dates to be confirmed)

 

SELECTION PROCESS

Guidelines for Research Proposals/Topics

  • Research proposals with clearly defined objectives and an outline of the significance of the proposed area/topic of research
  • Research topics that are interdisciplinary and attentive to social movements
  • Research topics that engage with regional cultures and languages
  • Research topics that focus on modern and contemporary art and visual cultures
  • Proposals feasible for completion within the given duration of the grant
  • Proposals can be connected to ongoing research, and this grant can be used for furtherance of work that is already under way

Three candidates will be shortlisted for interviews on the basis of their applications. The interviews will be conducted at Sher-Gil Sundaram Art Foundation, Delhi, in March 2019; and one grantee will be selected from among those interviewed by a panel consisting of one external member, one member from SSAF, and one member from AAA in India. Only the selected grantee will be notified, on a date no later than 20 March 2019.

Application Requirements

  1. A cover letter with your name, postal address, email address, telephone number (if available), along with the names and email addresses of two referees with experience in the area of your proposed research
  2. CV no more than two pages/750 words in length
  3. Project Proposal
    An outline of your research project, which should include:
    (i) A brief description in no more than 1,500 words of the intended research and its components
    (ii) Names of sources, libraries/archives/collections, and interlocutors your research will focus on
    (iii) A tentative timeline for the project’s realisation
    (iv) No more than five images of proposed research material in a single PDF file
  4. Budget
    A breakdown of estimated costs for your project based on your proposal and timeline. The proposed budget will not be considered final until vetted by AAA & SSAF in consultation with the selected grantee before the commencement of the grant.

All applications along with supporting documents listed above are to be submitted online only to both projects@ssaf.in and artgrant@aaa.org.hk, no later than 15 December 2018, with the subject line “SSAF-AAA Research Grant 2019.” Incomplete or late submissions will not be considered.

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FICA invites applications for the Ila Dalmia FICA Research Grant 2018

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FICA invites applications for the Ila Dalmia FICA Research Grant 2018
Deadline: August 31, 2018 

The Foundation for Indian Contemporary Art invites applications for the Ila Dalmia FICA Research Grant 2018. Instituted by FICA with the support of art historian and curator Yashodhara Dalmia in the memory of her sister Ila Dalmia, the Grant aims to support research on Indian modern and contemporary art. The grant amount of Rs. Two Lakhs will focus on supporting an independent, year-long research project by a selected Indian applicant.

The application is open to individuals who are committed to researching in the field of visual arts with particular focus on Indian modern and contemporary art. This could include important first-hand research and the archiving of art and art historical material, or a critical study of Indian art history, art criticism and practice, or an interdisciplinary analysis of the theory and practice in the visual arts, or studies in the related domains of curation, exhibitions, collection and the art economy.

You can read about the past recipients of the Grant here.

Eligibility

  • Applicant should be above 18 years of age at the time of submission of application.
  • Applicant should be an Indian citizen
  • Applicant should have a post graduate degree in humanities.
  • Applications are open only to individuals.
  • The proposal can be part of a larger research project that is currently underway. The applicant must clearly chart out what portion of the research will be undertaken as part of this Grant.

Application procedure:

  • Please include the following material in your application. Incomplete applications will not be accepted. Please include all the documents in a single email. You may use Google Drive Link/ Dropbox / or a similar such service to send your application to info@ficart.org with the subject line ‘Application for IDFRG 2018’ followed by your name.
  • Completed Application Form.
  • A Research Proposal (max. 2000 words) that gives a short description of the topic of study, research methodology and key research questions.
  • The Bibliography for research. Please include images or videos of works to support your proposal if necessary.
  • Recent CV.
  • A Complete Budget towards which the grant money will be spent (travel, accommodation, books, photocopying, printing, library fees, etc.)
  • Two samples of published papers. You can also send an additional sample of unpublished writing.
  • Names of two Referees with their complete contact details – name, position, organisation, telephone, email and postal address.

You can download the application form here.

In case of any further queries please write to us at info@ficart.org.
The Foundation for Indian Contemporary Art is a non-profit organization that aims to broaden the audience for contemporary Indian art, enhance opportunities for artists, and establish a continuous dialogue between the arts and the public through education and active participation in public art projects and funding.

                                                                                        

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D 53, Defence Colony, New Delhi 110024, India

FICA Reading Room
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Call for Proposals : The Arts Practice Programme

The Arts Practice programme supports critical practice in the arts. It encourages practitioners working across artistic disciplines to question and critique existing norms through their practice. The programme seeks to foreground a culture where arts practice is constantly being shaped and articulated through experimentation and critical dialogue.

To know more and apply, click here

In this video, programme executives Sumana Chandrashekar and Shubham Roy Choudhury
talk about the Arts Practice programme and how you can apply:

Proposals are invited from practitioners, for projects that could:

  • Challenge prevalent idioms and conventions of practice
  • Counter market norms and standardisations
  • Push new frontiers in terms of content, form and medium
  • Explore new modes of engagement with audiences

The programme is open to multiple readings of the ‘critical’ and encourages practitioners to articulate this in their own context.

Proposals will be accepted under the following grant categories:

  • For projects that lead to a performative, aural, visual, or, literary work : up to INR 5,00,000
  • In case these projects need to be preceded by a separate period of research or exploratory work : up to INR 2,00,000
  • For conceptualising and organising public platforms like conferences and seminars that facilitate critical dialogue, debate, sharing and discussion among diverse stakeholders of arts practice : up to INR 6,00,000
  • For innovatively-modelled artist residencies and workshops that nurture artists, encourage collaborations and facilitate experimentations : up to INR 6,00,000

Grants may be available for dissemination of work that has been created with IFA support. These dissemination projects can be developed through interactions with the programme executive. Grant amount will be decided on a case-by-case basis.

Who can apply?
The programme invites proposals both from practitioners working within, as well as, across disciplines:

  • Performing and performance artists working in the areas of music, sound, text, dance, movement, theatre, puppetry, storytelling, magic, circus and other forms
  • Visual artists working across all forms including painting, sculpture, installation, photography, film, graphic art, and new media
  • Poets, novelists, playwrights working in the literary arts
  • Curators and all practitioners engaged in interdisciplinary work and / or working outside conventional spaces or contexts

How can you apply?
Proposals can be sent at any time of the year. You are welcome to discuss your ideas and develop your proposal through an interaction with the programme executive.

To apply, please send us a short note describing

  • Your existing arts practice, concerns and interests as a practitioner
  • The nature of the proposed project and why you wish to work on it
  • How the proposed project addresses the programme

Draft proposals in audio/video format are welcome too. Applicants can also visit the IFA office to share their project ideas with the team. For this, please arrange a meeting with the programme executive in advance.

This programme does not follow an annual schedule, and welcomes applications through the year.

With a view to contribute to discourse in language contexts, IFA specifically encourages proposals in Indian languages other than English.

If your proposal falls within the ambit of the programme, the process of developing and evaluating proposals might take up to three months. Please bear this in mind when you apply to us. You can expect to hear from us within two weeks of receipt of your draft proposal.

Eligibility
You are eligible to apply if you are an Indian national, a registered non-profit Indian organisation, or have been residing in India for the last five years. Your collaborators, if any, should also fall into one of the previously mentioned categories.
(For more on our eligibility criteria please click here)

For any questions or enquiries, please write to
Sumana Chandrashekar, Senior Programme Executive at sumana@indiaifa.org or
Shubham Roy Choudhury, Programme Executive at shubham@indiaifa.org

You can also write to:
Programme Executive, Arts Practice
India Foundation for the Arts,
‘Apurva’ Ground Floor, No 259, 4th Cross,
Raj Mahal Vilas 2nd Stage, 2nd Block,
Bangalore-560 094.
Phone: 080-2341 4681 / 82

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SSAF–AAA Research Grant for Histories of Ideas, Art Writing, and Visual Culture 2018

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The Sher-Gil Sundaram Arts Foundation (SSAF) and Asia Art Archive (AAA) in India are pleased to announce the SSAF–AAA Research Grant for Histories of Ideas, Art Writing, and Visual Culture 2018. This grant, which is the first collaboration between SSAF and AAA in India, emerges from AAA’s ongoing engagement with histories of art writing, and its initiatives to map, compile, translate, and republish texts from various contexts. This grant is in line with SSAF’s commitment to work with cross-disciplinary initiatives addressing the oppressed and the marginalised, and alternative and heterodox practices in the arts and in intellectual work.

The grant aims to:

Support research on critical histories of art writing, art-making, and visual culture in twentieth/twenty-first century India and other countries of South Asia, with a focus on their manifestations in print form such as books, journals, magazines, and newspapers.
Open research avenues into dalit, feminist, peasant, working-class, and other political histories, viewed as a constituent part of wider discursive fields, specific regional milieus, and the politics of image-making and circulation.
Help develop tools and methods for critical art historical analysis of regional discourses and debates in politics and culture, preferably in (though not limited to) the regional languages.

Researchers are encouraged to propose projects that open new areas of study and frame rigorous questions of them; offer close readings of image and text; map circuits of dissemination; and suggest new connections between existing intellectual histories, social, political, and cultural movements, and the visual arts.

Grant Focus for 2018

For 2018, the focus of the SSAF–AAA Research Grant is periodicals as a site that is decisive in shaping perceptions, imaginations, and notions of what constitutes culture and the public sphere. We invite proposals that interrogate how periodicals of different kinds—journals, magazines, little magazines, etc.—contributed to, constituted, and were embedded in the cultural politics of a historical moment, and the role of visuals therein. Proposals that focus on how the visual arts—including cover art, illustrations, cartoons, centre spreads, photographs, portfolios and reproductions of artworks—were positioned in periodicals in different languages and/or different regions will be given preference. Areas of research may include:

One or more social movements that extended to periodicals and mapping the place of visuals therein
An interesting moment in the life of one or more periodicals, and the role of visuals therein
The travel of ideas on arts, aesthetics, and cultural practices within periodicals, and as they occurred via translation between languages
The intellectual contribution of one or more writers, editors, or publishers who played an important role in the evolution of a periodical, and in the positioning of visual arts within it
Debates on concepts and categories stemming from regional languages, and as reflected/carried in periodicals

APPLICATION PROCESS

Eligibility Criteria

Individuals who are Indian nationals residing in India, or collectives whose members are Indian nationals residing in India.
Individuals with relevant academic qualifications; or already engaged in research, or with access to private or public collections; or with professional experience in writing/publishing; or activists with years of engagement/experience in their chosen fields.

Deadline for Applications
1 January 2018

Duration of Grant
One year | 1 February 2018–1 February 2019

Grant Amount
Up to INR 3,00,000

Grant Deliverables

Report
A detailed report (of not less than 7,500 words) on the research undertaken, to be submitted at the conclusion of the grant period.
Suggested appendices, in addition to the report:

Interviews of persons relevant to the research (to be submitted in text form in English)
Translations into English of select texts used in the research
Bibliography of published and unpublished sources used in the research
Timeline of the periodical/writer/subject under study
Original, digitised, or photocopied material (published and unpublished) collected during research

Presentation/Workshop
A public presentation of the research, to be organised by AAA in collaboration with other institutions and organisations (venue and dates to be confirmed closer to date)

SELECTION PROCESS

Guidelines for research proposals/topics

Research proposals with clearly defined objectives and an outline of the significance of the proposed area/topic of research
Research topics that are interdisciplinary and attentive to social movements
Research topics that engage with regional cultures and languages
Research topics that focus on modern and contemporary art and visual cultures
Proposals that sound feasible for completion within the given duration of the grant
Proposals can be connected to ongoing research, and this grant can be used for furtherance of work that is already under way.

Three candidates will be shortlisted for interviews on the basis of their applications. The interviews will be conducted in Sher-Gil Sundaram Art Foundation, Delhi on 27 January 2018, and one grantee will be selected from among those interviewed by a consisting of one external member, one member from SSAF, and one member from AAA in India. The selected candidate/grantee (only) will be notified not later than 29 January 2018.

Applications must include:

A cover letter with your name, postal address, email address, telephone number (if available), along with the names and email addresses of two referees with experience in the area of your proposed research
Updated CV: Not more than two pages/750 words in length
Project Proposal
An outline of your research project, which should include:
(i) A brief description in no more than 1,500 words of the intended research and its components
(ii) Names of sources, libraries/archives/collections, and interlocutors your research will focus on
(iii) A tentative timeline for the project’s realisation
(iv) No more than five images of proposed research material in a single pdf file

Budget
A breakdown of estimated costs for your project based on your proposal and timeline.
The proposed budget will not be considered final until vetted by AAA & SSAF in consultation with the selected grantee before the commencement of the grant.

All applications along with supporting documents listed above are to be submitted online only to both projects@ssaf.in and artgrant@aaa.org.hk, no later than 1 January 2018 with the subject line “SSAF-AAA Research Grant 2018.” Incomplete or late submissions will not be considered.

In collaboration with:

The Sher-Gil Sundaram Arts Foundation (SSAF) was set up in the year 2016 with the mandate to carry forward the legacy of scholar and photographer Umrao Singh Sher-Gil (1870–1954); his daughter and a pioneering figure of modern Indian art, Amrita Sher-Gil (1913–1941); and her nephew and niece, artist Vivan Sundaram, and filmmaker and television journalist Navina Sundaram.

SSAF seeks to enable conjunctions of artistic and cultural practice that deal with historical memory and build expectations for the future. It commits itself to advancing creative independence for art that is founded on freedom of expression, that is secular and internationalist. It will work in solidarity with initiatives addressing concerns of the oppressed and the marginalised, alternative and heterodox practices.

For more follow the link – https://www.aaa.org.hk/en/programmes/programmes/ssafaaa-research-grant-for-histories-of-ideas-art-writing-and-visual-culture-2018/period/current-upcoming