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: Gabi Gőbl 

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.

Types of Funding: In addition to the micro-grants for CEU level applications, all CEU members are eligible to bid for the Cross-Network Grants of a maximum amount of 5,000 USD. The final selection will be made by the International Steering Committee of EHCN with the CEU Project Lead, recused from discussions for applications from CEU.

Projects supported by the EHCN micro-grants at CEU: 

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.