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Call for applications 2023: MA at OSUN Center for Human Rights & the Art

Virtual info session: November 15, 9–10am

Application deadline: January 6

Applications for the upcoming cohort of the MA in Human Rights & the Arts program are now being accepted, according to the OSUN Center for Human Rights & the Arts.

The MA in Human Rights and the Arts program provides a two-year graduate-level interdisciplinary curricular experience that examines the expanding interaction between human rights and the arts as areas of both academic study and professional endeavor. The program aspires to foster fresh perspectives, innovative approaches to research, practice, and involvement, as well as fresh connections between activists, academics, and artists. The program’s foundation is graduate-level coursework that is both flexible and demanding and includes theory, case studies, and studio workshops. Additionally, as part of their capstone projects, all students are required to effectively present either an academic thesis that is based on research or an artistic performance, video, or installation.

The OSUN Center for Human Rights & the Arts (CHRA), located at Bard College in the Hudson Valley of New York, is where the MA program is housed (occupied homelands of the Munsee and Muhheaconneok people). The MA students can participate in a range of annual co-curricular and professional development activities offered by CHRA, including talk series, digital commissions, partnerships with activist groups, workshops, and an OSUN network-wide biannual festival that is held at Bard College. Featured artists and activists have included Lawrence Abu Hamdan, Kenyon Adams, Cooking Sections, Mohammed El-Kurd, Forensic Architecture, Coco Fusco, Suzanne Kite, Zayaan Khan, Faustin Linyekula, Layli Long Soldier, Ernesto Pujol, Benjii Rha, Vivien Sansour, Hamed Sinno, Juliana Steiner, Jordan Weber, and Eyal Weizman, among others.

The MA program features an internationally distinguished team of faculty and staff, including scholars, researchers, artists, curators, and/or activists: Tania El Khoury, Thomas Keenan, Gideon Lester, Polina Malikin, Michelle Song, Adrienne Truscott, and Ziad Abu-Rish. In addition, CHRA affiliate faculty have included Masha Gessen, Ivan L. Munuera, Michelle K. Murray, Juan Orrentia, Dina Ramadan, Peter Rosenblum, and Maria R. Sonevytsky, among others. Annual residential fellowships have been held by filmmaker Sabine El Chamma, researcher Nadine Fattaleh, art historian Lara Fresco Madra, and anthropologist Oscar Pedraza Vargas, among others.

Individuals interested in the MA Program must apply online by the January 6, 2023 deadline. There is no application fee and no standardized test scores associated with applying. Ample need-based financial aid is available to cover tuition and other costs of attendance.

There will be two upcoming virtual information sessions open to the public:
Tuesday, November 15 at 9am NYC Time (3pm Vienna / 8pm Dhaka)
Thursday, November 17 at 4pm NYC Time (10pm Vienna / 3am Dhaka)

Please RSVP to [email protected] for the Zoom link, indicating your full name, current affiliation (if any), and which session you are planning to attend.

For more information about the program, the application process, or applying for financial aid, please visit  website. Interested students are also encouraged to contact the MA Program at CHRA to further discuss the program by calling T +1 845 758 7680 or sending an email to [email protected].

OSUN Center for Human Rights and the Arts at Bard College
1442 Annandale Rd
Annandale-on-Hudson, NY