Nitin Sawhney, Ph.D. is Assistant Professor of Media Studies at The New School. His research, teaching and creative practice engages the critical role of technology, civic media, and artistic interventions in contested spaces. He examines social movements and crisis contexts, though forms of creative urban tactics, participatory research, performance and documentary film. Nitin established the Engage Media Lab at The New School to conduct participatory media-based learning and assessment with youth in New York, and has conducted research with Palestinian youth in the West Bank, East Jerusalem and Gaza. He co-curated the Guatemala Después project, examining contemporary artistic practices through collaborative exhibitions held in New York and Guatemala in 2015. Nitin is currently completing a documentary film, Zona Intervenida, focusing on historic memory through site-specific performance interventions in Quetzaltenango, Guatemala. He recently initiated Sacred Soundwalks, a sensory media project exploring cartography and narrative memory of “sacred sites” in Kathmandu, Nepal.
He is also part of the ICI research team.