Call for Applications: CEREV-CURA Curatorial Research Fellows Program

The Centre for Ethnographic Research and Exhibition in the Aftermath of Violence (CEREV) in partnership with the Montreal Life Stories Community-University Research Alliance (CURA) announce the first competition for the CEREV-CURA CURATORIAL RESEARCH FELLOWS PROGRAM.

Two awards will be made to support fellows in producing an original project designed for public installation, curating some form of “difficult knowledge” resulting from experiences of war, genocide, or other human rights violations. The awardees will be selected through a competitive review of applications by members of the CEREV Curatorial Research Group. One fellowship is reserved for a member of the CURA project; the second fellow may be a CURA member, but does not have to be.

Criteria for the award include:

1) demonstration of rigorous intellectual framework  and research questions to be addressed by the proposed curatorial project

2) value of the project for helping to understand and communicate insights about “difficult knowledge” vis-à-vis history and/or culture, with relevance for the present day

3) feasibility of plans

4) potential appeal to both academic and broader publics/communities

5) community engagement/“sharing authority” (a requirement for fellows who are CURA members)

Fellows will receive: $500 for project-related expenses, support for project development and production, and aid in identifying and implementing dissemination strategies for the final product. Fellows will have access to (and will be expected to make use of): the CEREV digital exhibition Incubator & Workshop spaces, training and consultation in the use of Workshop equipment, opportunities to present and get feedback on work-in-progress, assistance and consultation concerning content and dissemination (including web-based dissemination). Fellows’ final projects will have the institutional imprimatur of CEREV, and must thank CEREV and link to our website in public presentations of the resulting work (for the CURA fellow, acknowledgement of CURA must also be added).

The fellowship tenure is from January 9, 2012 – June 30, 2012. The month of May will consist of an intensive curatorial workshop with artist-anthropologist Trudi-Lynn Smith, who will be in residence at CEREV. Fellows will be expected to present finished works at Concordia by September 2012.

****Application deadline: Friday, October 28th at 5:00 p.m.****

Applicants must submit the following materials (compiled as a single PDF file) to CEREV at <>, by the deadline:

· 2-page project summary

· ½-page statement about how a CEREV-CURA fellowship supports your broader work and goals

· Brief curriculum vita (no more than 3 pages)

Application materials should be single-spaced, 12-point font, 1-inch margins. Materials submitted after the deadline, and those that do not follow the guidelines stated above, will not be considered. Questions about the program can be addressed to Monica Patterson at

Download this call as a pdf file by clicking here.

Center for Ethnographic Research and Exhibition in the Aftermath of Violence