Vera List Center for Art and Politics

The Vera List Center invites applications for 2011-2013 fellowships. Two fellowships will be awarded, each spanning ten months and tied to the Vera List Center’s focus theme for 2011-2013.
The center’s programs 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. The Vera List Center Fellows contribute to the intellectual foundation of the center, and through their fellowship projects advance the exploration of the focus theme.
The fellowship is part-time, non-residential, and carries a $10,000 stipend, disbursed monthly. The 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.


Eligibility
Journalists, historians, visual and performing artists, critics, curators, and cultural practitioners working in any field where they engage art and politics are eligible. The New School is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution and encourages applications from minority candidates as well as from individuals without institutional affiliation.
Application Material
Required materials include a self-addressed stamped envelope, application (PDF), letter of application, resume, support material (CDs, texts, etc.), names and addresses (email and regular mail) of two references, and a 300-to-500 word fellowship project proposal that is either an element of a larger and ongoing project, or contained within the applicant’s anticipated stay at The New School.
Considerations
-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?
Timeline
April 11, 2011: The initial application is 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: Decision and announcement of fellowship appointments.
Fellowship terms: Ten months between fall 2011 and spring 2013.

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