Dr. Nishant Shah is the Vice President of Research and Acting Director of Research Development of the Graduate School at the ArtEZ University of the Arts, The Netherlands. In his current tenure, he is responsible for building a research corpus that looks at the role that art and design education and practice can play towards building resilient futures, equitable societies, and critical diversity. His work is at the intersections of technology, affect, identity, and social and political movements and configures the ways in which we learn to become human in the midst of technologies.
Simultaneously, he serves as a Professor at the Institute of Culture and Aesthetics of Digital Media, Leuphana University, Germany, where he teaches courses in Digital Humanities, Computer-Human Interaction, and Information and Communication Technologies for Development. He is currently a senior fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies in Media Cultures of Computer Simulation, at the university, curating a book series that invites interventions from 23 science, social science, humanities, and art disciplines to map the rise of simulation in contemporary knowledge making.
He was the Co-founder and former Director – Research (2009- 2014) of the non-profit, autonomous research and policy think tank Centre for Internet and Society, Bangalore, India, that works on questions of openness, access to knowledge, digital activism, and inclusion through South-South collaborations. As a Knowledge Partner, with the Dutch Development Aid Agency, Hivos, (2009-2016) Nishant has initiated and built the Knowledge Programme on ‘Civic Explorations’ that looks at mobilising communities in emerging society towards civic action, intervention, and learning. He now serves as a mentor on the Digital Earth Fellowship thinking through questions of digital futures.
In his commitment towards Open Knowledge and Critical feminist pedagogies, Nishant has worked closely as advisor and steering committee member with the following groups: The Digital Media and Learning Initiative, at the University of California, Irvine, USA; ‘The Network of Centres for Internet & Society’ housed variously at the Berkman Centre for Internet and Society, Harvard University, Cambridge USA, and the Humboldt Institute for Internet Governance, Humboldt University, Berlin, Germany; The ‘Inter Asia Cultural Studies Consortium’ housed at the Song Kong Hae University, Seoul, South Korea; A global distributed online learning initiative for feminist technology studies called FemTechNet; and an affiliate with the Centre for Internet and Human Rights and Tactical Technologies Collective in Berlin, Germany. He also serves as a jury member and advisor to Art Residency collectives like Khoj, New Delhi, India, The Schloss Solitude Akademie, Stuttgart, Germany, and Het Nieuwe Instittuut, Rotterdam, The Netherlands.
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