Jason M. Kelly is the Director of the IUPUI Arts and Humanities Institute and an Associate Professor of British History in the Indiana University School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI. He is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London.
Dr. Kelly received his Ph.D. from the University of California, Santa Barbara and is the author of The Society of Dilettanti: Archaeology and Identity in the British Enlightenment (Yale University Press and the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art, 2010), lead editor of Rivers of the Anthropocene (University of California Press, 2017), and co-editor of An Anthropocene Primer (2017).
As Director of the IUPUI Arts and Humanities Institute, Dr. Kelly supports IUPUI’s research mission by directing the IAHI grant programs, identifying and fostering transdisciplinary research collaborations, and organizing research workshops and symposia. He also acts as a liaison to the Indianapolis community, and in this capacity facilitates collaborative endeavors including performances, lectures, and research projects.
Dr. Kelly’s research projects focus on the histories of the environment, human rights, art. His current book project is A History of the Anthropocene, a deep history of human-nature relations. He leads a major international collaborative project, Rivers of the Anthropocene, which brings together scientists, humanists, and policy makers to study global river systems and policy since 1750. He directs The Cultural Ecologies Project, a public research program and PhD track that works with community stakeholders to study and design cultural interventions across multiple scales — from the personal to the neighborhood to the city level.
Dr. Kelly is the recipient of the IUPUI Research Trailblazers Award (2013), two IU Trustees Teaching Awards (2011, 2008), and the IU School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI Student Council Outstanding Academic Adviser Award (2010).
Dr. Fiona P. McDonald is the 2016-2019 Postdoctoral Researcher at the Indiana University—Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) Arts and Humanities Institute.
Fiona completed her PhD (2014) in the Department of Anthropology at University College London (UCL) in visual anthropology & material culture. Her dissertation, Charting Material Memories: a visual and material ethnography of the transformations of woollen blankets in contemporary art, craft, and Indigenous regalia in Canada, Aotearoa/New Zealand, and the United States was undertaken as both an historic and contemporary visual and material ethnography of the material nature and transformations of woollen (trade) blankets that were produced in the United Kingdom since the seventeenth century. Her work addresses both historical and contemporary uses of woollen blankets through a direct examination of the pluralistic histories that things and objects have when re-worked and recycled by contemporary artists and customary makers in North American and Aotearoa New Zealand. Fiona is currently translating this research in to a book project. Fiona is the co-founder of Ethnographic Terminalia Collective (ETC) (ets.2009) (http://ethnographicterminalia.org/), an international curatorial collective that curates exhibitions at the intersections of arts and anthropology. ETC have curated and organized exhibitions and workshops across North America (Philadelphia, New Orleans, San Francisco, Montreal, New York, Austin, Chicago, Denver, and Vancouver) where they aim to move academic research beyond the academy through public engagement.
Fiona’s research interests are: Water, Energy studies, Indigenous material and visual culture, repatriation, oral histories, contemporary Indigenous art, curatorial theory, performance theory, and museum studies.
As a recent graduate of IUPUI’s English MA program, James’ studies focused on Creative Writing and Scholarly Editing, which he uses to pursue opportunities as a freelance writer and editor. He has an abiding love for fiction, and his greatest fascination has become the undulating intersection between authorship and audience in the new media age.
In his role as a research assistant at the IUPUI Arts & Humanities Institute, James executes many logistical functions surrounding IAHI endeavors. His activities include coordinating travel plans for visiting scholars, reserving and scheduling physical spaces & services, arranging meetings and calendars for internal staff and external partners, as well as organizing IAHI data ranging from workshop notes to sources of grant research. As a two year veteran of the IAHI, James has accumulated a variety of hats for a number of situations, and he wears them all fondly.
A second-year graduate student in IUPUI’s English program, Kate’s studies are focused on linguistics and editing. She is interested in investigating the relationship between politics and dialect. She received her bachelor’s degree from DePauw University in 2014.
As a graduate assistant at the IUPUI Arts & Humanities Institute, Kate supports the organization of IAHI events, assists in day-to-day operations, and helps to maintain the IAHI’s web presence. Her background in editing and events planning is helpful in these pursuits.
When she’s not reading or writing, Kate enjoys dabbling in photography, playing piano, and defending the Oxford comma.