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.

Project Lead: Sanjay Kumar
Project Coordinator: Maja Skalar

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.
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


Check out the promotional video from May 2021 explaining the EHCN-local grants opportunity:

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:
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 ( 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.
You can watch the recording of the first info session from March 10, 2021 here:
Access Passcode: t@wi!C4W
Projects supported by the EHCN micro-grants at CEU in the Academic Year 2021-22: 

EHCN is sponsored by the Open Society University Network
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.