AFAC Grant for Art-Related Research Projects in the ARab Region up to $35.000

Deadline : 01 Sep 2020

Specialities: Creative Arts and Design

Study level: Ph.D.

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AFAC Grant for Art-Related Research Projects in the ARab Region up to $35.000

The Arab Fund for Arts and Culture (AFAC) and the Arab Council for the Social Science (ACSS) are offering grants of the second cycle of their joint Research on the Arts Program (RAP). The AFAC-ACSS research grants are a funding opportunity that aims to support research on all art practices across disciplinary boundaries and methodological approaches on key themes of concern to, and in, the Arab region. For the purposes of this program, the Arab Region is defined as the 22 countries that are officially members of the League of Arab States. 

Grants are available to individual researchers (up to USD 15,000), teams of researchers or collectives (up to USD 25,000), and institutions (up to USD 35,000). 

Possible Topics 

Research on the arts aims to answer a specific analytical question concerning artists, art practices and/or art production. Additionally, the processes and practices involved in connecting, producing, thinking, and communicating art and culture work, in specific contexts, may be documented and analyzed. Possible topics to be addressed:

  1. The role of official and unofficial institutional processes in giving rise or constraining the emergence of art. 
  2. The impact of the expansion of art markets, economic restructuring and constrained public funding on the arts.
  3. The impact of neoliberal models of institutions and organizations on the arts. 
  4. The definition of artistic work, artistic identity and audiences. 
  5. The relationship between artists and the state; the role of official institutions in providing support or undermining artistic production.
  6. The effect of technological innovations and computer technology on artistic dissemination and the production of new forms of artistic expressions.
  7. Impact of laws, cultural policies, culture industry and practices on the form and content of art works.
  8. Access of diverse publics to the arts.
  9. Art spaces as aesthetic and/or political spaces.
  10. The role of the arts in class and status reproduction; how current social inequalities reflect on the arts.
  11. The role of arts at particular historical moments and what they reveal about society. 
  12. Meaning, measurement and impact of arts.
  13. Arts as tools of inclusivity and exclusion. 
  14. Public perceptions of the arts.
  15. Elitism vs. populism in the arts
  16. The impact of exile, displacement and migration on art production. 

Eligibility criteria:

  • Nationality/Residence:

Applicants must be citizens of an Arab Country (defined as a member of the league of Arab States) or nationals of an Arab Country (defined as long-term residents, even if they don’t hold citizenship as in the case of refugees or stateless residents) and must be based in the Arab region. 

In the case of teams and collectives, the team leader must be a citizen/national of an Arab country and must be based in the Arab Region. However, teams, collectives and institutions may include Arabs in the diaspora or non-Arabs, but at least two members of the team/collective/institution must be citizens/nationals of an Arab country and must be based in the Arab region. For institutions, the institution must be based in the Arab region. (Branches of foreign international organizations are not eligible to apply).

  • Disciplines :

This program is open to researchers from diverse backgrounds in arts, humanities and social sciences, as well as allied fields. Arts and humanities disciplines include art history, comparative literature, contemporary art, curatorial studies, fine arts, graphic design, architecture, languages and literature, folklore studies, media studies, musicology, performance arts, and visual arts. The core social science fields include disciplines such as anthropology, demography, economics, history, political science, psychology and sociology. Allied fields include education, gender studies, cultural studies and urban studies. Interdisciplinary proposals are encouraged.

  • Individuals, Teams, Collectives and Institutions:

The program is open to individual researchers, research teams, collectives of researchers and institutions (universities, research centers, arts centers, Research NGOs, etc.). For the purposes of this call: 

  1. Individual researchers could be academics or art practitioners Research teams include researchers from the same or different institutions, geographies and disciplines who have an interest in conducting multidisciplinary research on the topic of arts. 
  2. A collective is an independent group of researchers that has been working collaboratively on a specific theme for years and has a mission statement, a set of practices or a set of outputs that reflect its identity and purposes. 
  3. Institutions could be a university or a university department, a think-tank, a research NGO etc.

Research teams, collectives, and institutions must present their applications in teams of up to four members, including a principal investigator and co-investigators. 

  • Educational Requirements:
  • Individuals

An applicant should be:

  1. A holder of a Ph.D. degree in one of the disciplines or fields described above; or
  2. An art practitioner with at least ten years of practical experience. 
  • Teams, collectives and institutions
  1. Teams and collectives may comprise up to four research team members.
  2. Team structure may take one of two forms:
     A Ph.D. holder (principal investigator) in one of the disciplines or fields described above, and up to three team members including (at least) MA degree holders and/or art practitioners.
  3. An art practitioner with at least ten years of experience after graduation (principal investigator) and up to three team members including (at least) MA degree holders and/or art practitioners.
  4. ACSS grantees (principal and co-investigators) who have benefited previously from an ACSS grant are only eligible if their grants were closed before March 2017. AFAC grantees who have a current open grant are not eligible to apply.

About the Arab Fund for Arts and Culture:

The Arab Fund for Arts and Culture - AFAC was founded in 2007 through the initiative of Arab cultural activists as an independent foundation to support individual artists, writers, researchers, intellectuals, as well as organizations from the Arab region working in the field of arts and culture. Since its launch, AFAC’s programs have steadily expanded to cover cinema, photography, visual and performing arts, creative and critical writings, music, documentary film, in addition to funding research, training and cultural events. Based in Beirut, AFAC works with artists and organizations all over the Arab region and the rest of the world.

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