The Experimental Humanities Collaborative Network (EHCN) - OSUN

The Experimental Humanities Collaborative Network 


How does technology mediate what it means to be human? How have scientific, intellectual, and artistic experiments reshaped human experience in diverse historical and cultural contexts, and how might they shape our shared futures?


Rethinking the humanities in the light of changing technologies, our increasingly connected planet, the ongoing ecological crisis, and the need to create more inclusive institutions.
Experimental Humanities Collaborative Network (EHCN) is an OSUN-funded initiative headquartered at the Experimental Humanities Center at Bard, NY. 
EHCN supports the development of innovative pedagogy, interdisciplinary research, and public engagement via digital, analog, and conceptual methods to build more just technological realities. At each partner institution, this collaboration fosters critical reflection, social justice, and practice-rich learning; digital and face-to-face public projects; and truly integrated interdisciplinary research that draws on history, theory, and experimental practice.

Global / Local Projects

EHCN insists on the power of grassroots leadership, and invites an array of collaborators to the table. Its courageous—and often playful—experimentation with both “old” and “new” technologies flattens hierarchies not just between academic disciplines but between the academy and local communities. Not only working with each partner institution to emphasize its unique local technological, environmental, and cultural ecology, EHCN also creates opportunities for partners to share the lessons of their distinctive experiences with a larger global community.


EHCN at CEU
Project Lead: Sanjay Kumar
Project Coordinator: Maja Skalar
Post-doctoral Fellow: Sam Gilchrist Hall

In CEU, the EHCN is mandated to support faculty, students, researchers and staff for their innovative ideas and project proposals that chart new ways of using technologies and experimentation in engaging with Humanities in a meaningful way. The idea of 'experimentation' is central to the project and the concept and idea can be realized through the development of a course, a skill-based workshop or through a community-facing event. EHCN also would like to create a common ground in the CEU community between faculty, students, and staff through a creative synergy of individual talents, interests, academic backgrounds, and mentorship by a faculty. We hope to pave the way for a Laboratory in the long run where new media, technologies, and human values will create a discourse bridging the domains of social sciences and sciences through a vigorous and topical engagement with arts and humanities.
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EHCN EVENTS
2-year MA Sociology student, Beatriz de Figueiredo is helping to organize a digital theatre workshop, supported by a Experimental Humanities Collaborative Network (EHCN) grant. 
 
Digital Theatre workshop poster 
EHNC is happy to support a digital theatre interactive workshop, to be held on Thursday, 9th November, between 18h and 20h at WUK Wien. 
 
In the workshop, we will step into the roles of artists and performers and explore the possibilities we have to enhance our pieces with digital means. One of the more sophisticated tools we will explore is the software Isadora, to create movement-generated light- and sound effects, play with liveness and digital projection at the same time and immerse ourselves into this fascinating world.
 
Come join us if you'd like to experiment with theatre in a safe space. Please consider signing up through the google form so that we can order food accordingly. And bring your friends, you don't have to be a CEU student to join!
 
Thank you and hope to see you there!
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Tuesday, June 13, 2023, 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Online Event - Zoom link

Join the launch of "(in) between worlds/ entre mundos," an audio-visual project that reflects on Latin American women’s experiences of crossing borders. The project is supported by the OSUN Civic Engagement Microgrant at Central European University and the EHCN Student-led Initiatives Grant.

"(in) between worlds/entre mundos" is an audio-visual project that aims to co-create a safe space for migrant, Latina, self-identifying women in Vienna. It is led by Loren Sandoval Arteaga, a Mexican MA student in Women's and Gender Studies at Central European University and the University of York, living in Europe since 2017 and Madár, a Brazilian interdisciplinary researcher and multimedia artist, living in Europe since 2018. Through a series of podcasts and photographs, this project hopes to reflect upon the collective experience of crossing borders (both physical and psychological) and foster the exchange of experiences and emotions connected to transition journeys and migration narratives. 

The speakers will discuss the birth of the project and the theoretical and methodological approaches framing it. They will also reflect on some of its challenges and present some of the resulting audio-visual material. At the end of the event, there will also be an opportunity to ask questions and engage with the speakers.  

JOIN VIA ZOOM

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Online event (join via Zoom)
● What is generative AI, how does it work, and how do people use it? 
● How do we teach responsibly and critically with generative AI? 
● Why has generative AI become ubiquitous, and what future developments can we expect? 

The Experimental Humanities Collaborative Network is offering an online workshop on Generative AI and Experimental Pedagogy, open to all teachers and administrators across the OSUN network. The goal of the workshop is to address the recent boom in generative AI tools and models, such as OpenAI’s ChatGPT and DALL-E 2, and its implication for university pedagogy and research.

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Friday, April 28, 2023, 4:30 pm – Friday, May 12, 2023, 7:00 pm

QS-B505 or online

 

Video Games & Autoethnography EHCN Participatory Experimental Research Workshop

This is a 3-day workshop about using autoethnography to study video games. If you’re a videogame enthusiast, you can incorporate them into your academic work from a huge variety of perspectives, across disciplines and using many different methods. Autoethnography is a qualitative research methodology that involves examining personal experiences and cultural contexts in order to gain insights into cultural phenomena – which is very useful for game studies. This workshop aims to familiarize the participants with some of the key issues in game studies and autoethnographic research, then engage in hands-on learning, practising the skills in question.

Open to all, hybrid format available. No prior knowledge required.

Register here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScktsIgD8jGO2U3z4XQ7tB-aQ-D5c2vw_oQ3SqJXUnSl-YEpQ/viewform

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April 27, 5:30 - 7:00 pm
Quellenstrasse 51, Room : D-002 Tiered and hybrid

Jerzy Jarniewicz is a Polish poet, literary critic, translator and essayist. His latest poetry collection, Mondo Cane, won the 2022 Nike Award, the most prestigious distinction in Polish literature.

This event will focus on the role of Love Poetry in our age of discontent. Do love poems still have relevance? How has love poetry changed throughout the ages? Can it surpass and survive crippling binaries, patriarchy, colonialism, or AI?

In conversation with Borbála Faragó, the poet will offer his views on these issues and will also read from his poems. 

Reception to follow!

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Workshop series: Collaborative Manifesto for Experimental Humanities at CEU 

The Department of Gender Studies and the CEU-OSUN Experimental Humanities Collaborative Network (EHCN) are pleased to invite you to three workshops devoted to creating a Collaborative Manifesto for Experimental Humanities at CEU (read more here).

The first workshop will be concerned with discussing the broad scope of the humanities in society, academia and contemporary activism(s).

The second will be devoted to creating a Vision Statement for the humanities at CEU.

The while the final workshop focuses on the pragmatic goal sketching out the courses, events and interventions that can be developed under the aegis of CEU-EHCN.   

These workshops will be held in hybrid format at the CEU’s Quellenstraße campus on the following days: 

 

Dates and Times 

May 8 1330-1510 (A420) 

May 15 1330-1510 (A211) 

May 24 1330-1510 (A211

 

For those joining us online, here is the Zoom link:   

https://ceu-edu.zoom.us/j/3339270353?pwd=alBJalQvSEdrNzlHYW5nbjY5YjJhQT09 

Meeting ID: 333 927 0353 

Passcode: 704893 

 

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THAT IS POETRY

A Reading Group at CEU

Next meeting: March 21, 2023 at 5.30PM in B215 

Feel free to drop in, no RSVP required!

Would you like to spend some quality time with poems? Would you like to read poetry that unsettles, provokes, questions, opens up the senses, makes you feel more alive and more in touch with being human? 

In this group we take the slow approach to poetry, spending as much time as we need to discover an individual poem’s social, political or personal message. Centered around a theme there will be a collection of contemporary and modern poems to read in advance of every meeting.

The close readings are guided by Borbála Faragó from the Center for Academic Writing, whose academic research is in poetry criticism.

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March 31, 7 pm
April 1, 6 pm
Place: Grätzelmixer, Bloch Bauer Promenade 28 Ecke
Welcome to attend Adamdar, Kyrgyz Film Festival, that is organized by 
Nellya Dzhamanbaeva, CEU MA student in Cultural Heritage Studies/Medieval Studies, and supported by the OSUN Experimental Humanities Collaborative Network Local Grant.
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Call for Participation | Pelion Summer Lab 2023 “Eco/o/ontologies”

Deadline: April 10, 2023

This summer the Experimental Humanities Collaborative Network (EHCN) will co-host the 5th Pelion Summer Lab for Cultural Theory and Experimental Humanities (PSL), an initiative of the Laboratory of Social Anthropology of the University of Thessaly, on June 28 -August 7.

The aim of this 10-day program is to convene an interdisciplinary group of graduate students, researchers, artists, activists, and cultural producers from fields such as anthropology, history, sociology, interdisciplinary arts, gender studies, cultural and new media studies to collaborate on an intensive exchange and exploration of current pressing global problems.

Read more and apply here.

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CEU -EHCN Local Grants Call
We are pleased to announce the Call for Applications for CEU-EHCN Local Grants for the years 2022-23. There are different grant categories for students, faculty and staff. Please read the guidelines in the attached document below and in the application form carefully before applying for the respective grant category. 

Types of Funding: 

1) Student-led Initiatives (up to 500 USD): Eligibility: CEU students
2) Community-facing Events (up to 1000 USD): Eligibility: CEU faculty/staff/students
3) Skills-based Workshops (up to 1500 USD): Eligibility: CEU faculty/staff/students
4) Student Research and Professional Opportunities (up to 1000 USD): Eligibility: CEU students

Criteria for Applications:
The Experimental Humanities Collaborative Network promotes projects that encourage the following:

1. Critical reflection on the intersection of science, technology, media, art, and the humanities in response to the question: how does technology mediate what it means to be human?

2. Hands-on and experiential learning: learning by doing, building, collaborating (between students, faculty, and/or staff), and experimenting.
3. Critical, scholarly, and/or artistic work that crosses traditional disciplinary boundaries, especially between disciplines concerned with sciences & technology and disciplines concerned with the arts & humanities.
4. Critical, scholarly, and/or artistic work that strives to make an impact on communities beyond the academy and that strives to promote a more equitable and just world.
5. The creation of archives, pedagogical resources, research projects, and artworks that can be used and studied by partners across the EHCN.
Deadline for applications in the current cycle is November 25, 2022. To apply for local grants, please use this form.
Deadline for Grant Project Implementation: May 1, 2023

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Check out the promotional video from May 2021 explaining the EHCN-local grants opportunity: https://youtu.be/7V7DxrPVc20

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CEU-EHCN Cross-Network Grants Call: *
* NOTE: deadline for applications for EHCN Cross-Network Grants Call was October 7, 2022
In addition to the Local Grants, all CEU students, faculty and staff are also eligible to apply to the Cross-Network Grants directly to the EHCN-Bard, NY. Cross-Network grants are primarily meant to foster collaboration between OSUN partner institutions and hence should include at least a clear collaboration with two or more OSUN partner instructions of OSUN-EHCN. To find out more about the cross-network grants and lists of partner institutions, please visit the OSUN-EHCN-Webpage: https://opensocietyuniversitynetwork.org/education/curricula/ehcn/.
 
Please find more details about the Cross-Network Grants' types, funding amounts, and deadlines in the attached document below.
NOTE: In order to facilitate establishing contacts across partner institutions for cross-network grants applications, all applicants should contact Sanjay Kumar, Senior Lecturer, Center for Academic Writing , EHCN Project Head and Member, International Steering Committee, OSUN-EHCN (kumars@ceu.edu) during the process of preparation of the grant proposal and application, Cross-Network Grants applications are evaluated and selected by the members of the EHCN International Steering Committee.
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You can watch the recording of the first info session from March 10, 2021 here:
Access Passcode: t@wi!C4W
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Projects supported by the EHCN micro-grants at CEU in the Academic Year 2021-22: 

EHCN is sponsored by the Open Society University Network
PARTNERS
EHCN OSUN partners currently include: Al-Quds Bard College, American University of Central Asia, Arizona State University, Bard College, Bard College Berlin, Birkbeck: University of London, Central European University, and European Humanities University.

Additional partners include: Hampton University, USA; Recovering Voices, Smithsonian Institution, USA; and University of Thessaly, Greece.