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October 9, 2020

Becoming Precarious: Critiques and Positionings in Public Scholarship and the Digital Humanities 


In an effort to expand our discussions on public scholarship, we will be hosting our distinguished alum Dr. Kush Patel, who will talk about different modalities of public scholarship practice as they connect to architecture and the digital public humanities, followed by a discussion. We hope you can join us in this conversation!

Dr. Kush Patel is Associate Professor of Architecture and Humanities at Avani Institute of Design near Calicut, Kerala, India. Currently, they teach an advanced studio and integrated seminar on critical urban design studies, as well as lead courses and initiatives on architectural history-theory and the digital public humanities. Prior to joining Avani, Dr. Patel held academic appointments as Associate Faculty Librarian of Digital Pedagogy and as LSA Adjunct Lecturer in Interdisciplinary Humanities at the University of Michigan. Within U-M Library’s Learning and Teaching unit, they worked with members of the Connected Scholarship team to develop and support course- and research-based initiatives for students, faculty, and wider community partners that enrich the projects of voice, care, and participation. As Adjunct Lecturer in the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts (LSA), they taught undergraduate courses on place, politics, and engaged citizenship, focusing on ways in which the community-based practices of art, architecture, and the humanities might help us understand the role and meaning of social engagement today.

Dr. Patel completed their Ph.D. in Architecture from the Taubman College at the University of Michigan, where they researched issues of participatory politics, narrative building, and social production of space in the radical French architectural works of the “post-68” period. They have held Postdoctoral Fellowship appointments at the Institute for the Humanities and the Michigan Humanities Collaboratory, and served as graduate student Public Humanities Fellow with Rackham’s Arts of Citizenship program, as Engaged Pedagogy Initiative Fellow with LSA’s Office of Community-Engaged Academic Learning, as Mellon Public Humanities Summer Fellow at the U-M Detroit Center, and as Project Assistant in the Art and Architecture Special Collections. Dr. Patel is a registered architect in India, with professional degrees in Architecture and Urban Design from South Gujarat University, Surat and CEPT University, Ahmedabad respectively, as well as a Master of Science in Architectural Design Studies from the University of Michigan. They are also an active member of several collaborations including “Organizing Against Violence” pedagogy project with Imagining America: Artists and Scholars in Public Life at the University of California-Davis and “Pedagogy of the Digitally Oppressed” with scholars at the University of Toronto, Canada.

Time: 11:00am-12:00pm EDT
Location: Doctoral Colloquium “Room”

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