The Vera List Center Fellowships support individuals whose work advances the discourse on art and politics. The appointments provide the opportunity to develop a project drawing from the resources of The New School, to expand on it in collaboration with students and faculty, and to bring it to the public through the Vera List Center’s interdisciplinary public programs.
The Vera List Center is a research center and a public forum that focuses exclusively on advancing research, scholarship and public discourse on contemporary issues at the intersection of art and politics. The fellows contribute to the intellectual foundation of the center, and through their fellowship projects advance the understanding of these and other questions. Through multi-disciplinary curatorial programs we aim at advancing our understanding of these issues: for 2018-2020,we’re mining the questions of whether and how artist practices constitute political practices.
Read more about our 2018-2020 focus theme If Art is Politics? here.
The VLC Fellowship is part-time, non-residential, and carries a US $10,000
stipend. Each fellowship is highly individualized depending on the project. The
fellows are supported by a graduate student research assistant, have access to
a wide range of activities throughout The New School, and enjoy extensive
library privileges. Meetings and informal gatherings with New School faculty,
past fellows and other constituencies are organized on a regular basis and
offer opportunities for professional and social exchanges. Curatorial,
organizational and financial support is provided for public presentations of
the fellowship project.
Journalists, scholars, activists, visual and performing artists, critics,
public intellectuals, curators, and cultural practitioners working in any field
where they engage art and politics are encouraged to apply. The New School is
an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution and encourages
applications from minority candidates as well as from individuals without
• Artistic and/or scholarly excellence of the proposed fellowship project.
• Significance of the 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 and benefit from the association with The
• April 1, 2018 – Application deadline, followed by reviews by members of the
VLC staff, the VLC Advisory Committee, past fellows and New School faculty.
• Mid-April – Finalists are invited to expand on their proposals.
• Early June– Announcement of fellowship appointments.
• Fellowship terms: ten months at any point between fall of 2018 and spring of
• Public Presentations in a range of possible formats.
• Participation in the life of the Vera List Center - biannual meetings with
the Advisory Committee and, as desired, participation in study groups, classes,
social gatherings and trips, or collaboration on joint projects with Fellows
Past fellows include Lawrence Abu Hamdan, Maurice Berger,
Wendy T. Ewald, Andrea Geyer, Casey Gollan, Margarita Gutman, Susan Hapgood,
Sharon Hayes, Danny Hoch, Ashley Hunt, Bouchra Khalili, Lin + Lam, Jill Magid,
Kobena Mercer, Lorraine O'Grady, Olu Oguibe, Silvana Paternostro, Wendy Perron,
Marjetica Potrc, Leslie Prosterman, Alexander Provan, Walid Raad, Sarah
Rothenberg, Edward Rothstein, Katya Sander, Robert Sember, Joshua Simon,
Victoria Sobel, Elisabeth Sussman, David Thorne, and Jonathan Weinberg.
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