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MemberKush Patel

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 and they hold professional degrees with distinction 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.

MemberUrszula Pawlicka-Deger

I am a postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Media at Aalto University, Finland. I am also part of the Research Data Management team at Aalto where I support data management in the School School of Arts, Design, and Architecture. My postdoctoral research is devoted to infrastructural transformations in the humanities with a focus on the epistemology of a laboratory. This study lies at the intersection of digital humanities and infrastructure studies. I was a Fulbright scholar in the Creative Media and Digital Culture at Washington State University Vancouver, US (2014-2015) and a visiting researcher in the Department of English at Stony Brook University, US (2015-2016). During my postdoc, I was awarded the Willard McCarty Fellowship at the Department of Digital Humanities at King’s College London, UK (2019), where I was also a keynote speaker for the event “Humanities Laboratories: Critical Infrastructures and Knowledge Experiments” organized in conjunction with the Critical Infrastructure Studies Initiative. In addition, I was awarded the Vanguard Fellowship at the Institute of Advanced Studies at the University of Birmingham, UK (2019), where I organized together with Dr Julia P. Myatt the “Rebuilding Laboratories” workshop to initiate the interdisciplinary discussion on labs from the perspective of digital humanities, science and technology studies, and natural science. Currently, I am co-editing a special issue of “Digital Humanities Quarterly” on the topic of situated research practices in digital humanities. Besides, I am a member of Global Outlook::Digital Humanities (GO::DH) Translation Board and the Europeana Network Association.