It was Renée Ridgway who, around 6 years ago first introduced Dr. Nishant Shah (1980) as a guest lecturer to her students and colleagues at the DAI. The wording she choose:"Nishant rocks and he will present us with nothing short but intellectual fireworks". And so he did, to the inspiration of several generations of DAI-students, as we kept re-inviting him, nearly every year, up till our last introduction week in Eindhoven in September 2015, when Nishant was one of the invited speakers at the symposium 'did you feel it!', entirely convened by our students, where he presented the key-note lecture "Object of our Affection: Pornography, Perversion, and Pleasure in the Digital".
To know that the ArtEZ Supervisory Board has decided that as of 1 September 2016, Nishant Shah will be appointed Dean of Research at the ArtEZ University of the Arts fills us with excitement, new energy and great expectations for a resource- and meaningful orientation towards the future. Recently the Dutch Art Institute, the Werkplaats Typografie and other distinguished as well as emerging programs and professorships have been brought together in a brand new, non-monolithic framework, the ArtEZ Graduate School, designed to hold a band of distinct knowledge practices.
In this new position, Nishant will be responsible for further expanding research and postgraduate education and will be one of the three members of the ArtEZ Executive Board. He will also continue working as a professor at the Institute of Culture and Aesthetics of Digital Media at Leuphana University in Lüneburg, Germany. Nishant Shah is a prolific writer and a much requested speaker; his work as a scholar 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.
We eagerly look forward to brilliant conversations about shared ambitions for progressive, feminist and non-hegemonic platforms for innovative education and (artistic) research, and, in conjunction with that, about effective strategies to accomplish what needs to be done.