CURRENT AND PROSPECTIVE PROJECTS
The below research questions from civil society organizations await student and faculty interest. They can be translateD into course projects, internships or thesis work. Please get in touch with us (firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com) and we connect you with the organization.
Activity: organizer of independent cultural initiatives
Request: "Even though the corona crisis is fading out, the numbers of visitors of cultural activities (be it events, museums, festivals or whatever) is on average still below the number before the corona crisis. This phenomenon is seen across the field, as well in state-run cultural institutions as in the independent art scene. At the moment there is a lot of debate going on for the reasons why and how the cultural field has to adapt, and this debate is sadly most often devoid of any qualitative and quantitative research. Why do people not come back to theaters and concert halls? Why do they stay at home? Is it really because they prefer netflix now? Or is the rising cost of living preventing people from spending for art and culture? We would love to see some audience research towards these questions, which surely have to be refined in a collaborative process."
Activity: housing support for refugees
- We have an opensource database from which we don't know how to create the statistics. We would need someone good with IT skills and interested in refugee topics to filter the data and create good statistics.
- Qualitative Research on the benefits of co-housing for refugees regarding mechanisms of social inclusion
- Research on our volunteers' motivation in the context of social movements and collective action
STAND WITH HONG KONG
Activity: advocacy for democracy
- Would like to evaluate the effectiveness of their work – can we do better? Looking more for expertise in advocacy, who can evaluate rather than an evaluator who has thoughts on advocacy
- Culture related project on how to engagement young people
PREVIOUS WINTER AND SPRING PROJECTS (2022)
|COURSE PROJECT 1.|
Misperforming World Politics
This course develops a ‘performance’ lens of contemporary issues of world politics at the intersections of critical theory, performance studies, art-based research and critical pedagogy. It looks at how familiar notions are performed and acted out in everyday practices and situations – such as statehood, sovereignty, identity, gender, citizenship or labour under global capitalism – and the ways in which roles, scripts and modes of staging generate structures of recognizability and corresponding subject positions. Expectations, rituals and routines, however, simultaneously give rise to misperformances that carry the potential for encounters that are incidental, spontaneous and yet-unknown.
The course brings together philosophy, case studies, artistic interventions and offers practical exercises in reflecting on and transforming our normalized and habitual practices of sense-making.
SEEK is a research network based in the Netherlands. Our mission is to promote a culture of research collaboration and initiatives with diverse populations, particularly the refugees and migrants, to advocate for the inclusion of their voices in public perception and public policy.
We endeavour reimagining the current migration research, narrative and scholarship by bringing migrant “knowledges” and “perspectives” into the nexus of the current migration policy discourses to provide evidence-based public policy. Our research is based on principles of co-creation of knowledge with the people and communities.
|Contact person||Umbreen Salim, Sumbal Bashir|
SEEK is piloting a project “Portraits of Power” with the support of Mamma Cash. This four week (online) storytelling retreat will meaningfully engage with young migrant/refugee women through workshops and mentorship sessions, in which they will be encouraged to reflect on ideas which are otherwise considered taboo in their communities (e.g. gender-based violence, body policing). Each group would build on specific themes, with a focus on narratives and creative art to encourage critical reflections and self-expressions.
The outputs, “Power Portraits”, would be auto-ethnographic accounts in the form of written works (stories, poems, non-fictional writing) and art forms, which will be compiled and made available as a digital collective on the SEEK website and disseminated with relevant networks to inform activist campaigns and policy briefs/ initiatives that affect women. We aim to seek support for following questions:
|COURSE PROJECT 2.|
Educational Development in Practice (Practicum)
This blended course allows course participants to learn about the practice of educational development experientially, through engagement in applied research, programming, or advocacy roles in communities where OSUN institutions operate.
Course participants will work in campus-based teams of 3-5, contributing to the work of local government, NGO, development organizations, or private sector organizations over a focused period of 12 weeks (January-March).
|Community partner||Amnesty International Hungary|
|Contact person||Adam Beothy, Annamaria Landy|
|Project request||Amnesty International Hungary (henceforth AIHU) is a non-profit organization working in the field of human rights advocacy in Hungary. Its staff and volunteers implement various initiatives aimed at ensuring that human rights are respected and protected. As part of its initiatives, AIHU runs a human rights education program. The goal of AIHU’s human rights education program is to help children, parents, and educators to raise new generations who are open-minded and who respect human rights.
The primary purpose of this research is to develop a rigorous but practical impact assessment methodology that will enable AIHU staff to assess the impact of their workshops and their free methodological guides. The objectives of the project are to:
|COURSE PROJECT 3.|
The course educates students for civic and social responsibility, prepare them for lives of engaged citizenship, with the motivation and capacity to think critically, discuss and act.
Student co-design engagement projects with partner NGOs in the winter semester, and implement them during the spring.
|Faculty||Chrys Margaritidis, Flora Laszlo|
|Community partner||Teach for Austria
We work towards education equality. Our vision is that all children have euqal opportunities, regardless of the socio-economic background of their parents. Our core activity is a fellowship program: graduates from all academic backgrounds are trained to work for two years in disadvantages schools and kindergarten.
|Contact person||Elisabeth Witzani|
|Project request||Currently, many of our partner schools, kindergartens and organisations are located in Favoriten. We would like to connect more with the local community and work towards lowering the NEET rate (not in employment, education or training) within the next 10 years, by connecting various organisations and initiatives.
When it comes to local youth and their parents, we would like to find out:
Our goal is to establish Favoriten as an "Showcase-District" where the collective impact of everyone who works towards educational equality becomes visible.
|COURSE PROJECT 4.|
Project and Event Managent of the Cultural Heritage Studies Program
Heritage experts working in the field of research, protection, policy or management at various organizations or as individuals equally need to work in the framework of projects. The main aim of the course is to introduce the basic elements of managing cultural heritage projects in theory and practice. The course is designed by the concept of “learning by doing”: students are expected to develop a heritage interpretation project.
|Community partner||Teach for Austria and Mittelschule Absberggasse, Favoriten
As part of the Project and Event Management class, the students of the Cultural Heritage Studies Program at Central European University (CEU) in Favoriten, Vienna have developed a project to address the transcultural heritage in Favoriten, to celebrate the great diversity of this district.
Our mission is to facilitate two artistic workshops for one elementary school class (within the 11-15 age bracket), in which students will learn about the concept of cultural heritage – in a way that is empowering and different from elitist or monocultural ideas about what heritage is – and express this through the arts.
The two lessons (music and art) will take place in person on March 14 and March 21, 2022. The outcome of the lessons will be an exhibition of the students’ artwork at the CEU campus, visible to passers-by, giving the class a chance to share their cultural identity with the community of Favoriten.
The first workshop will consist of a music lesson involving thinking through the concept of heritage, through music with which the students are already familiar. The class will work towards the creation of a piece of musical sound art that communicates their ideas of heritage at this stage. The workshop will allow students to think of music through their culture and heritage as they share their experiences. The artist facilitator (Aygyul) will speak about her personal background and will show the example of other artists and how music is created and is an essential part of heritage.
In the second workshop – with the same students – the artist facilitator (Pati Avish) will ask them to make pictures and drawings of objects that relate to their family’s heritage, asking the students to define what heritage means to them. She will give them examples of how they can visualise heritage through their experiences and families. The artworks will be collected, and the students will assemble them into a collage that expresses the class collective ideas of heritage as something complex, empowering and self-expressed rather than received from authorities.
The workshops’ aim is for the students to be inspired to learn more about the different elements of their cultural backgrounds, to recognize the diverse cultural identities in their class, and to be proud to represent it to the community.
|COURSE PROJECT 5.|
|Course||Field Research and Qualitative Data Analysis
Students can conduct ca. 30 interviews or make focus group sessions (incl. writing interview questionnaire, transcript, preparing the analysis) that you can use for your purposes, e.g. checking the acceptance or perception of your programme by the target group, analyse a campaign, etc.
|Community partner||Amnesty International Austria
The organisation is one of the main social service providers in the field of mobile health care, social work and labor market inclusion in the city of Vienna.
|Contact person||Daniela Schier|
|Project request||We are highly interested in how to engage young people in human rights activities. Here are some more details questions we would like to answer:
What kind of activism does attract young people?
What role do they wanna play within human rights activism with Amnesty?
What are the intersections btw. "youth" and human rights" in regards of communication, engagement and topics?