"I do not want my house to be walled in on all sides and my windows to be stuffed. I want the cultures of all the lands to be blown about my house as freely as possible. But I refuse to be blown off my feet by any" - M. K. Gandhi
Any envisioning of the future of our world is inadequate unless it considers the ever-changing dynamics between the environment, technology, accessibility, and social equality. The future is a delicate balance; it demands we pay attention to the interconnectedness of these elements. In such a scenario, it is imperative that the humanities extend beyond rigid structures and divisions; that creative explorations and critical thinking develop interdependency; that research and practice aren’t perceived as separate but as modes of one another.
The School of New Humanities and Design foresees humanities as a practice that isn’t restricted to any particular discipline but strives to transcend disciplinary boundaries and create new connections—impactful efforts towards a more creative, just, and sustainable world.
The School prides itself on its emphasis on interdisciplinary research and multiple forms of knowledge production and dissemination. This is achieved in an environment of symbiotic critical thinking and creative practice, where artists, theorists, writers, designers, curators, scientists, historians, and others can converge to push the limits of our thinking.
Through its many programs and projects, the school promotes the humanities as a practice that is engaged with their immediate environment and wider audience. Design, along with art and technology form an essential component of the symbiosis between critical thinking and creative practice, transforming on into the other.
Undergraduate Program Courses offered by the School of New Humanities and Design
Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A), an 8 Semester professional degree with following specialisations
Postgraduate Program Courses offered by the School of New Humanities and Design
Master of Design (M.Des) a 4 semester postgraduate program with following specialisations
Master of Arts (M.A) a 4 semester postgraduate program and specialisations
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Other Courses offered by the School of New Humanities and Design
General Studies is a an umbrella course that cuts across each phase of the Srishti educational experience at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. Units under General Studies provide an introduction to a broad range of topics ranging from the arts to the sciences to philosophy, in order to sharpen critical thinking and writing skills. All undergraduate and postgraduate students registered at Srishti need to take one General Studies unit each semester.
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Game Art, Design and Development
Visual Communication Design
Research and Collaboration
Candidates on programmes in the School of New Humanities and Design can develop projects and undertake internships with any of the following research centers or labs in Srishti.
Center for Education, Research, Training, and Development (CERTAD)
Center for Experimental Media Arts (CEMA)
Center for Public History (CPH)
Design+Environment+Law Laboratory (DEL Laboratory)
The Kabir Project
UNESCO Chair at Srishti
Nurturing Key Values
Non-disciplinary thinking and playfulness
Encouraging critical, speculative and imaginative practices
Embracing complexity and multiplicity
Mindfulness and reflection
Collaboration and collective learning
What makes the School of New Humanities and Design distinct from other humanities faculties and institutes in South Asia is its emphasis on practice as an integral element of critical thought. Therefore, the School follows a unique pedagogy which uses a combination of studios, seminars, workshops, labs, masterclasses, internships, and self-initiated practice/research to allow candidates to develop specilisation in one or more areas of their choice.
A significant aspect of the School’s pedagogy is that modules are developed in active collaboration with existing archives, research and technological institutes, as well arts and cultural organisations. We strive to locate our modules within public spaces or events in order to activate them, as well as to give candidates on our programmes an opportunity to ‘learn on the field’. In addition, the School is home to two of the most active research centres in Srishti, namely the Kabir Project and the Centre for Public History. The School also has active links with several universities and higher eductation institutions of repute in Europe, America, and Asia, and in the past our students have been beneficiaries of funded exchange programmes at the University of Helsinki.
The General Studies Program, which is an integral component of Srishti’s curriculum, is also housed in the School of New Humanities and Design.
New Ground - Design & the Humanities
Like thought & everyday practices, scholarly discourse too is boundless and open. Non-disciplinarity, the freedom from boundaries, opens possibilities for radical thought. This is a workshop, held three times a year, to highlight ideas and explore new grounds, practices and theories, collaboratively, in order to imagine new frameworks and possibilities. We see this as a space to reveal design in the humanities, and humanities in design.
In order to build a strong link between practice and publication Srishti has a regular Writing Seminar that functions as a forum for Srishti faculty and post-graduate students to systematically reflect on the insights that emerge in their practices and transform their experience into researchable themes and publications.arts, new media and technology, service sectors of experience design and curation, heritage tourism, gallery practices, museums and archives, art and literary festivals.
The Colloquium Series brings together Srishti students and faculty on a formal platform to share ideas, ongoing work and dialogue about key issues/themes in the art, design, technology and related subjects. The colloquium meets fortnightly, featuring practice-based contributions to diverse fields of interest.
Writing and publication is becoming increasingly important to Srishti’s academic life. However, in practice-driven design and art, there is little time and space — during the execution of project — for articulating critical findings and theoretically exploring the challenges or issues that projects reveal. Over a period of time, the challenges, questions and insights generated during practice persist and can be a rich source for theorizing art or design practices. The theoretical, practical and pedagogical insights of these accumulated experiences will be considerable and an important contribution to various fields.
In order to build a strong link between practice and publication Srishti has a regular Writing Seminar that functions as a forum for Srishti faculty and post-graduate students to systematically reflect on the problems and insights that emerge in their practices and transform their experience into researchable themes and publications.
The courses in this school equip graduating students with capabilities needed to mediate between discrepant worlds, organizations, communities and individuals (NGOs, government, social entrepreneurship, donor/funding agencies and other institutions).
Events & News
The School of New Humanities and Design has a vibrant calendar of events through the year, to which researchers, scholars, practitioners and students actively contribute.
Updating Memory: Public Heritage and the Digital Turn in India: a two-day conference held on 17th & 18th January, organised under the Digital Humanities programme.
Multilingual poetry with Mamta Sagar at Rangasthala, Rangoli Metro Art Centre, as part of the Cumulus conference, held from 20-24 Nov.
SET.RESET an exhibition on “cinema, archives and creative labour” curated and produced by postgraduate students of the Srishti Institute of Art, Design and Technology in collaboration with Aradhana Seth’s House of Inquiry, Saligao, Goa in September 2017. The exhibition was developed under the postgraduate course in Curatorial Practice.
Video Vortex XI: an international exhibition of video art and a 3-day conference organised as a collateral of the Kochi Muzeris Biennieal in February 2017, by The Srishti Institute of Art, Design and Technology in collaboration with The Goethe Institute Bangalore, The University of Bilkent, Ankara; Goldsmiths, University of London and The Institute of Network Cultures, Amsterdam. Organised as part of the Curatorial Practice course. Download the conference report here.
The Future Orbits conference held at the Mill Hall, Mattancherry, as a collateral of the The Kochi Biennele in January 2017. Future Orbits was a collaboration between The Srishti Institute of Art, Design and Technology, The University of Winchester, and The VisionMix network. Organised as part of the Curatorial Practice course.
Type Madi: an interactive student project repurposing a typewriter, exhibited as part of Art in Transit’s Festival of Stories at the Cubbon Park metro station.
Speaking, Listening, Interpreting: The Critical Engagements of Oral History - the XIXth Conference of the International Oral History Association hosted 27June-1July in association with the Oral History Association of India..
New Ground - Design & the Humanities - a workshop exploring new grounds, practices and theories, in order to imagine new frameworks and possibilities of collaboration across design and the humanities. Read an article on the relationship between design and the humanities by SNHD faculty Vivek Dhareshwar in Srishti’s open access e-publication Unbound Journal here http://www.unboundjournal.in/?p=1013.