Thanks to the generosity of the Villavecchia family, the Associació d’Amics de la Biblioteca Haas (Haas Library) announces a call for applications for two scholarships that will be granted for two three-month stays in order to carry out original artistic and/or reseasrch projects on the arts and spirituality at the Haas Library.
In 2020, the Associació changed the name of the scholarships to Javier & Marta Villavecchia Fellowships in honor of the original benefactors and the long-standing trust of the whole Villavecchia family.
We encourage and welcome scholarly and/or artistic submissions from any discipline or perspective, but which emphasize the creative aspects of spirituality and art, broadly construed to encompass poetry, photography, music, architecture, visual arts, and so on. The candidate must show the specific link between their proposal and the collection, its topics or its unique environment.
2021 Javier & Marta Villavecchia Fellowships
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2020 Javier & Marta Villavecchia Fellowship
The Associació d'Amics de la Biblioteca Haas has decided to grant the J&M Villavecchia Fellowship to Cesc Gelabert, one of the most reputed dancers and choreographers of today. In the exceptional context of 2020, and in collaboration with the scholars of the Haas Library, Gelabert has developed a performance project around a piece by playwright Valère Novarina, known as "Les noms de Dieu." The performance in fieri touches the boundaries of expression and reflection through Novarina's words and silences and Gelabert's stillness and movements, in intimate relation with a number of spiritual practices of the East and the West, and in line with the scholarly neverending endeavour of comprehension of the mystery within human existence.ny ésffgfdgfgdfg, l'Associació d'Amics de la Biblioteca Haas obre la covocatòria pera les Haas Fefllowships. La data límit per a enviar sol·licituds per a la convocatòria del 2019-2020 és el 31 de maig de 2019
2019 Haas Fellowships
The selection committee of the Associació d'Amics de la Biblioteca Haas has decided to grant de 2019 Haas Fellowships to Dr. Nesrin Karavar and Dr. Martín José Bonadeo. The committee wants to highlight the appropriateness of the selected candidates' proposals in regard to the Haas collection and their suggestive approach to the plural topics that the collection is involved with. Regarding Dr. Nesrin Karavan's candidacy, it has been highly regarded as an important contribution to the comparative knowledge of Spanish and Turkish mystical traditions, specifically about St. Teresa de Jesús (1515-1582) and Adile Sultan (1826-1899), with the aim of pointing out the most characteristic aspects of feminine mystical literature in the East and the West. Regarding Dr. Martín José Bonadeo's project, it is particularly interesting because of its involvement with the images and graphic representations of the collection, which are to serve as the symbolic basis for a research around contemporary Art and spirituality.
2018 Haas Fellowships
The selection committee of the Associació d’Amics de la Biblioteca Haas has decided to grant the 2018 Haas Fellowships to Dr. Sebastián Moro Tornese and Dr. Sylvain Camilleri. The committee has taken into account both the quality of the projects and the career of the candidates, who have been chosen from a great number of excellent proposals. Regarding the first one, it has been particularly prominent because of the dialogue between the arts, the symbolism and the philosophy that it raises, as well as the appropriateness of the topic with the Haas bibliographic collection. Regarding the second one, it has been chosen because of the relevance of the approach proposed to the study of the figure of J. G. Hamann, a philosopher known as the magician of the north (Magus im Norden).
2017 Haas Fellowships
The selection committee of the Associació d’Amics de la Biblioteca Haas has decided to grant the 2017 Haas Fellowships to Dr. David Johnson, who has submitted the following project: "Watsuji's Philosophy of Nature: Thinking Between Heidegger and Gadamer." The research will be carried out during the first term of 2018. The committee has taken into account the appropriateness of the topic with the Haas collection, the intercultural dialogue that it raises between different philosophical traditions and their contribution to a deeper understanding of the philosophy practiced in East Asia, one of the thematic lines that constitutes the collection.
2016 Haas Fellowships
The selection committee of the Associació d’Amics de la Biblioteca Haas has decided to grant the 2016 Haas Fellowships to Dr. Elizabeth Coles, who submitted the following project: "The Gnosis of Words: Anxieties of Authorship from Porete to Carson." The committee took into account the appropriateness of the topic with the Haas collection, the interdisciplinary relationship of the project between literature and spirituality and the dialogue between the medieval and contemporary sources.