I thought it was great to see this recognition of Aaron’s work, as well as the support for activism, invention and the contributions that are made to our field by people on the fringes of academic institutions.

The deadline for proposals is December 31. It also sounds like a fun opportunity to spend a few months in Budapest with an interesting group of people.


Blinken OSA awards a fellowship each year either to an unconventional technology expert early in his/her career, or a scholar or activist working at the intersection of humanities, social sciences and technology studies or technological solutions. The fellowship is principally intended for those, with or without degree, who have strong practical skills in developing technological tools to make knowledge and data broadly available to the public; who have an interest in challenging information management practices in libraries and archives; who are ready to contribute to building innovative visual taxonomies or catalogs based on unorthodox ideas; and who can challenge the control of information by governments and publishers to promote civil liberties and online activism.

Recipients will be supported for 3 months, starting (if possible) on March 1, 2018 or the latest September 1, 2018. Fellows will conduct their research at the Blinken OSA in Budapest. During this time they will work on their research topic which combines technology, humanities and social science perspectives. Blinken OSA offers one $10,000 fellowship and contribution towards travel costs on an individual needs basis.