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Fellows Reading List

Wednesday, March 15, 2017   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Nora Fleury

Fifty-five ISPA Fellows joined the New York 2017 ISPA Congress making up 10% of congress delegates. Over the months since, we have continued to learn from their insights and provocations as they put their experience to paper. So for this month’s Fellow Spotlight we wanted to share a growing and thought provoking Fellows Reading List.

Some excerpts to peak your interest:

Vikram Iyengar (India), “What’s Outside the Echo Chamber?” 
At that last session on that first day in New York we were asked several questions about our backgrounds: was this our first time in NYC, which region of the world were we from, how many languages did we speak… All the questions were framed so that you stood up if it was relevant to you. The last one – how many of you feel that what you do matters? I looked around the room. For the first and only time, all 56 of us were standing. There was power there, there was politics, and there was privilege. And imbuing all three, yet standing apart in its own right was Art.

Nazli Tabatabai-Khatambakhsh (England), “Free to be you and me
Our intersectional and shifting identities can be charted in many ways, here is one path I have been reflecting on informed by the programme of art and culture today at the ISPA Congress: Find stillness and gaze over your shoulder to learn from your journey through crystallising the key moments into images you can navigate. Be attentive to the place where you stand, and the environmental conditions, notice the resistance. Then dare to look towards the horizon in order to forecast what may come - don’t censor yourself, be limitless. In all of this creativity and diversity, this manifests as our philosophy and our understanding of human rights within a political context that imbues how we are in the world.

And for those who would like to browse further

Marina Barham (Palestine), “In the Words of a Palestinian: Interview with Marina Barham

Sachiko Soro (Fiji), “Sachiko Soro Travels to the Big Apple for Performing Arts Conference

Butholezwe Nyathi (Zimbabwe), “YALI Fellow speaks on New York Experience

In video format too:

Dan Baker (England), YouTube videos playlist - daily accounts for his congress experience 


In 2017, ISPA brought 55 Fellows from around the world to the New York Congress. We know it's impossible to meet all these emerging leaders onsite so we're highlighting the 2017 Fellows in features via the members-only monthly Network and on the website.