The Ocean Fellowship Programme is a funded research opportunity offered by TBA21–Academy and held at Ocean Space in Venice, Italy. The 2021 edition is closely affiliated with the exhibition ‘The Soul Expanding Ocean #1: Taloi Havini’, to be held at Ocean Space from 20 March to 17 October 2021. The fellowship also forms an integral part of The Current III (working title: The Mediterraneans: “Thus waves, come in pairs,” after Etel Adnan), a transdisciplinary and transregional exercise in sensing, listening, thinking, and learning with – by connecting and supporting situated projects, collective pedagogies, and voices along the Mediterranean shores across the fields of art, culture, science, conservation, and activism.
The programme supports six fellows and two mentors to conduct individual and collaborative research as well as investigations with an awareness of oceanic worldviews and marine histories; an understanding of the changes in ocean management and recognition of indigenous marine governance and leadership; non-binarism as a philosophy; equality and social justice. This year, the Fellowship brings attention to storytelling as a method, as an action to portray and convey a territory, a mindset, and a substance, encouraging intergenerational exchange, building resilience in communities, and strengthening citizenship.
The Fellowship is aimed at undergraduate, master or Ph.D. level students and recent graduates, while the Mentorship is asking for scholars with a graduate or postgraduate degree with some relevant experience in teaching or mentoring, specialised in various fields of research (e.g. Postcolonial and Feminist Studies, Indigenous Studies, Anthropology, Political Science, Accessibility and Educational Sciences, engineering, material sciences, medicine, humanities, social sciences, Curatorial Studies, and Critical Theory). Artists from all fields are encouraged to apply both as Fellows and Mentors. Applicants should engage critically with the oceanic and explore new forms of research.
For the 2021 edition of the Ocean Fellowship, the organisers are proudly partnering with Artis, who will support one fellow artist or researcher from Israel whose work addresses aesthetic, social, and political questions that inspire reflection and debate around oceans with an emphasis on the Mediterranean.
The Ocean Fellowship Programme will offer a total allowance of 5500 EUR per fellow for the 4-month duration of the program and a total allowance of 8000 EUR per Mentor for the full duration.
- 1-5 March 2021: Introductory Group Session (online) for all Fellows.
- 8 March – 30 June 2021: First Ocean Fellows Group (three fellows).
- 21 June – 17 October 2021: Second Ocean Fellows Group (three fellows).
Mentors are expected to engage digitally throughout the whole term, 8 March – 17 October 2021. A meaningful presence of the Mentors in Venice is required to accompany their group of Fellows (to be determined on a case-by-case basis).
Photo: Pietro Consolandi