Jason Kelly, associate professor of British history in the School of Liberal Arts at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, has been appointed the inaugural director of the IUPUI Arts and Humanities Institute. His appointment is effective July 1.
Established in 2011, the IUPUI Arts and Humanities Institute supports campus-wide attainment of excellence in research and creative activity in arts and humanities. Its mission includes showcasing and promoting the major intellectual and scholarly contributions that IUPUI faculty members from across disciplines are making in the arts and humanities.
In addition to supporting faculty members through grant programs, the IUPUI Arts and Humanities Institute will serve as a liaison between IUPUI and the community, fostering ongoing partnerships and ventures that advance arts and humanities endeavors.
“I am thrilled to be the first director of the IAHI,” Kelly said. “IUPUI has a vibrant, interdisciplinary community of scholars who specialize in the arts and humanities. Their work has regional, national and international impact, and the IAHI will be a resource to help them thrive. IUPUI is more than a life sciences campus; it is a university with a dynamic arts and humanities faculty as well. The mission of the IAHI is to support their scholarship and to help them enrich the cultural landscape of Indianapolis.
“The IAHI’s mission goes beyond campus. It will play an important role in the city as Indianapolis continues to develop and grow. It will work to extend IUPUI’s relationships with community partners. Through sponsoring lectures, performances and exhibitions, the IAHI will benefit the city and help strengthen its cultural reputation,” Kelly said.
In the next year, the IAHI will expand its grant program and develop IUPUI’s arts and humanities programming — on campus, downtown and online.
“I am happy that we have a person of the caliber of Dr. Jason Kelly as the inaugural director of the IUPUI Arts and Humanities Institute,” said Kody Varahramyan, IUPUI vice chancellor for research. “I expect that his many talents and enthusiasm will enable the institute to reach its vision of being recognized nationally and internationally as an innovative leader in research and scholarship in the arts and humanities.”
Before Kelly’s appointment, IAHI was guided by the IUPUI Arts and Humanities Council, which reports to Varahramyan. The council is composed of faculty members from the Schools of Liberal Arts, Engineering and Technology, Informatics, and Medicine; Herron School of Art and Design; and University Library. The council will continue to help shape the future direction of IAHI and assist in the establishment and implementation of initiatives, programs, strategies and resources.
Kelly was recently elected a Society of Antiquities of London fellow, a prestigious honor that will give him the opportunity to contribute the society’s efforts to advance and further the study and knowledge of the antiquities in London and other countries.
Kelly’s academic interests are varied and include the history of European art and architecture, the history of civil rights, and the digital humanities. He teaches courses on the history of science, gender and historiography. Kelly’s most recent book was “The Society of Dilettanti: Archaeology and Identity in the British Enlightenment” (Yale University Press, 2010).
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