BSR Online Lecture | Approaching knowledge networks, art academies and the Grand Tour through the digital humanities

WEDNESDAY 27 MAY 18.00–19.30 CET

Jason Kelly (Indianapolis)

This virtual lecture will take place using the online platform, Zoom.

This presentation examines how new theoretical and methodological approaches in the digital humanities can elucidate our understanding of knowledge networks in eighteenth-century Italy and Britain. Using social network analysis tools, it offers insights into the structure of art education among Grand Tour artists by connecting structural processes to the lived experiences of artists and their patrons. Introducing a new VR project, it demonstrates new directions in research-led pedagogy and their implications for the modern classroom.

Jason M. Kelly is Director of the IUPUI Arts and Humanities Institute and Professor of History in the Indiana University School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI.  He is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London and a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society. 

Dr. Kelly 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. Additionally, he facilitates public arts and humanities partnerships, including research projects, performances, lectures, and exhibitions.

Dr. Kelly’s current research projects focus on the histories of the environment, sciences, and art and architecture . He is currently writing 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 freshwater systems and policy. He directs The Cultural Ecologies Project, a 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. Most recently, he founded The Covid-19 Oral History Project, a rapid-response research collaboration that archives the lived experience of the Covid-19 pandemic.  

Dr. Kelly has received grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Wenner-Gren Foundation, Lilly Endowment Inc., and the Clowes Foundation. He 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).

Please register here as places are limited.