An initiative of JLU Giessen, the Panel on Planetary Thinking is inviting applications for an innovative fellowship programme based at the Justus-Liebig-Universität (JLU) in Giessen, Germany. The four-year programme aims to stimulate transdisciplinary dialogues between the humanities, social sciences, natural sciences and the arts. In 2022, two fellowships will be awarded for the summer term, and two for the winter term to explore Planetary Materials. The fellowships last for three months, either to be realised within the period April-July 2022 or September-December 2022. To contribute to each year’s thematic focus, the organisers are seeking individuals who are willing to transgress disciplinary boundaries within and resulting from their advanced academic or artistic endeavours.
Fellows of the Planetary Scholars & Artists in Residence Programme will receive the unique opportunity to engage in transdisciplinary dialogues while exploring how academia and the arts grapple with the manifold relations between societies and the planet. Drawing on academic work can not only amplify the magnitude and profundity of artworks but also inspire them, and vice versa. In providing the space and conditions for intensive, collaborative work in transdisciplinary tandems, the programme intends to initiate ‘planetary projects’ to explore what it means that we do not just live on, but are part of an ever-changing planet.
All fellows are expected to take up residence in Giessen (or close by) throughout their three-month fellowships. They will be granted a monthly stipend of 5000 euros a month, to cover all travel and living expenses. In addition, funding for workshops, guest speakers, exhibitions, publications etc. can be made available upon request.
During their residence in Giessen, fellows will be fully integrated into the JLU’s institutional network and benefit from its comprehensive range of research facilities. Fellows are expected to participate in regular panel meetings, such as the Planetary Lecture Series (starting in 2022), and to design an engaging workshop for and possibly with a transdisciplinary audience. Preferably in collaboration with their co-fellow artist/scholar, fellows may conceptualise the workshops in a format of their choosing, such as a masterclass, depending on their individual, scholarly and/or artistic subject matters.