Experimental Humanities Collaborative Network

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.


Al Quds Bard, Palestine

American University of Central Asia, Kyrgyzstan

Arizona State University, USA

Bard College Annandale, USA

Bard College Berlin, Germany

Birkbeck College at the University of London, UK

Central European University, Hungary/Austria

European Humanities University, Lithuania

Hampton University, USA

Recovering Voices, Smithsonian Institution, USA

University of Thessaly, Greece


EHCN is sponsored by the Open Society University 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?

Experimental Humanities Collaborative Network (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.

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.