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.

Network Wide Funding Opportunities

Up to $5,000 per participating EHCN member

Eligibility: EHCN partners

Experimental research projects that bring local concerns, narratives, and resources to a global
 stage through new media technologies including podcasts, websites, and social media.

Up to $2,500 per participating EHCN member

Eligibility: EHCN partners

Establishing new linked EH-related courses across multiple Network institutions, which
 not only use but also critically consider digital technologies and their ramifications (for
 example, as mediums of communication, information-sharing, and surveillance). These
 courses should include practice-rich modules that students from various institutions can
complete, ideally in collaboration with one another.

Upto $1000 per participating EHCN member

Eligibility: EHCN partners

Topic-based action clusters that 
center technology, justice, and the 
human experience, arising out of
 interdisciplinary faculty/staff/student 
interests (such as Archives, Attention,
 Food, Migration, and Space & Politics)
 and which can yield new linked 
courses, research, projects, and
 public-facing events.

Up to $3,000

Eligibility: undergraduate and graduate students at EHCN partner institutions.

Funding for students to participate in EHCN partner projects and initiatives virtually and in
person, with skills-building training. This may include: Study abroad funds to attend another Network institution with EH courses and
 projects for a term or a year; Summer or winter research/project employment at the student’s home
institution or another Network institution; Term-time employment with EH-related programs as course tutors, skills-
building workshop assistants and leaders, and research or community project.