Columbia’s Institute for Ideas and Imagination Welcomes Second Class of Fellows
03 May 2019

Columbia University has announced the second class of Fellows it will welcome to its Institute for Ideas and Imagination in Paris.

Lead support for the Institute was provided by the Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF), and additional support was provided by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The Institute resides at Reid Hall, part of the University’s Paris Global Center, and will host the new cohort starting in September 2019.

The Institute for Ideas and Imagination seeks to question the ways in which knowledge has traditionally been produced. This group of Fellows includes a documentarian, an architect, writers, a professor of religion, a visual artist, a lecturer in Hebrew literature, a physics professor, a composer, a poet, and more. Their interests and backgrounds span North and South America, Africa, Asia, and Europe.

The idea for the Institute arose from discussions between Columbia faculty about how to adapt the pursuit of knowledge to the realities of a modern, globalized world. According to Mark Mazower, the Institute’s Founding Director, “Its primary goal is to enrich academic modes of presenting ideas by drawing together the scholarly and artistic imaginations.”

The current cohort of fellows has been leaving their mark on the world of ideas. Writer Tash Aw’s book “We, The Survivors” was picked this week as The Guardian’s Book of the Day. Aw will take part in SNF’s annual Conference in June.