HRC Senior Fellow Associate Professor Kylie Message is currently in the United States as the Australian National University's recipient of the Indiana University/ANU Exchange. She writes here with an update about her research activities at the College of Arts and Humanities Institute (CAHI). We look forward to having Kylie back at the HRC in September.
An influx of U-Haul vans and families clearing the shelves at local stores have signalled Move-In week at IU and the start of classes next week. It also means it’s nearly time for me to go home. The ANU/IU Exchange Fellowship has been a wonderful experience – look at the beautiful campus! Following a few weeks research at the Tamiment Institute Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives in New York, the Fellowship has allowed me to make huge progress toward completing the manuscript for my book, Curatorial Activism: Archiving Occupy (which will be published by Routledge early in 2019). I have also progressed a proposal for a joint Public Humanities summer school program aimed at senior undergraduate students that will work by integrating, dovetailing, and expanding some of the existing exchange options for students and academic staff at both universities. The proposal is new and exciting for the HRC because it explores the possibility of including some specifically targeted educational programming under our auspices. The highlight of my fellowship has been spending time at the College of Arts and Humanities Institute (CAHI), where I was warmly welcomed and hosted. A great pleasure has been promoting the work and opportunities available at the ANU’s Humanities Research Centre, particularly with CAHI, which shares our remit for supporting and extending the contribution of the Humanities through programs that encourage dialogue and collaboration between individuals, groups and programs in the arts and the humanities within and beyond the university sector. I look forward to building the HRC/CAHI relationship further into the future and anticipate with great pleasure the prospect of a return visit of scholars from that Centre and other parts of IU to the HRC!
August 16, 2018.