Gaiutra Bahadur Chosen for the Bellagio Center Residency Program


Fifty leading academics, artists, and practitioners were selected for Academic Writing, Arts, and Practitioner Residencies at The Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center in Bellagio, Italy. One of the candidates, chosen for an Art & Literary Arts Residency, is Guyanese-American writer Gaiutra Bahadur, author of Coolie Woman: The Odyssey of Indenture. Her work at the Bellagio Center will center on American exceptionalism told through the stories of various American figures in the history of Guyana, one example being Janet Jagan, the first American woman to serve as a head of state anywhere in the world. Jagan served Guyana’s first female prime minister (March-December 1997) and first female president (December 1997-August 1999).

The fellows will each complete a month-long residency to advance their individual work while connecting with a stimulating mix of individuals from across disciplines and across the globe.

As a place that provides the opportunity for focused work while inspiring new and expansive thinking, the Bellagio Center receives applications from around the world for its Academic WritingArts & Literary Arts, and Practitioner Residencies. The resident fellows are selected for their compelling individual work and significant accomplishments within their field. [. . .]

The next call for Academic Writing and Arts & Literary Arts applications will open on October 1, 2017 and close December 1, 2017. Applications for Practitioner residencies are accepted on a rolling basis and reviewed at interim deadlines. Upcoming interim deadlines for review cycles in 2017 are August 1, September 28, and November 30.

See selected resident fellows for Academic Writing Residencies and Art & Literary Arts Residencies below (for full list, go to The Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center Residency Program:

Academic Writing Residencies

Kwaku Poku Asante (Kintampo Health Research Centre, Ghana)

Karen Barnes (University of Cape Town, South Africa)

Robert Barsky (Vanderbilt University, United States)

Art Blume (Washington State University, United States)

Subarno Chattarji (University of Delhi, India)

Robin Craig (University of Utah, United States)

Jody Heymann (University of California, Los Angeles, United States)

Jane Hunter (The University of Queensland, Australia)

Robert Kaplan (Stanford University, United States)

Marcia Linn (University of California, Berkeley, United States)

Peter Littlejohns (King’s College London, United Kingdom)

Howard Markel (University of Michigan, United States)

Melanie Samson (University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa)

Monica Skewes (Montana State University, United States)

Art & Literary Arts Residencies

Leila Aboulela (Literary Artist: Fiction, United Kingdom)

Rheim Alkadhi (Visual Artist, United States)

Sam Angus (Literary Artist: Fiction, United Kingdom)

Yaba Badoe (Filmmaker, Ghana)

Gaiutra Bahadur (Literary Artist: Non-Fiction, United States)

Doreen Baingana (Literary Artist: Fiction, Uganda)

Hisham Bustani (Literary Artist: Fiction, Jordan)

Cathy Lee Crane (Filmmaker, United States)

Kiran Desai (Literary Artist: Fiction, United States)

Godfried Donkor (Visual Artist, United Kingdom)

Mark Gevisser (Literary Artist: Non-Fiction, Ireland)

Shalini Kantayya (Filmmaker, United States)

Ayesha Kidwai (Literary Artist: Non-Fiction, India)

Stephan Koplowitz (Interdisciplinary Artist, United States)

Jonatas Manzolli (Composer, Brazil)

Mshai Mwangola (Performance Artist, Kenya)

Njabulo Ndebele (Literary Artist: Fiction, South Africa)

Ishmael Randall Weeks (Visual Artist, Peru)

[. . .]

For more information or to apply to The Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center Residency Program, please visit:

[Photo Credit: Copyright Joanna Eldredge Morrissey, 2016]

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