In the wake of the earthquake in Morocco this past September, Louise Cooke discusses how modernity disrupts long-established local knowledge and skill transmission and results in changing patterns in the repair, maintenance and renewal of traditional buildings. Cooke was part of a CHCI delegation to the 21st General Assembly of the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) from 4-8 September 2023.

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Public Humanities, Medical Humanities

Engaging Diverse Rural Audiences in West Virginia: An Interview with Renée K. Nicholson

An interview with Renée K. Nicholson, director of West Virginia University's Humanities Center, on making inroads into rural communities, and embracing creative and unconventional pathways in the humanities as a young humanities center.

Global South, CHCI, Annual Meeting

Rosinka Chaudhuri: On Cultural Studies, Her Role in CHCI, and the Location of Thought

An interview with Rosinka Chauduri, Professor and Director of the Centre for Studies in Social Sciences, Calcutta. Chaudhuri explores her perspectives on academia within the Global South, on pedagogy, and her relationship with CHCI.

Global South, Research Initiative

Anupama Rao on Interdisciplinarity, the Conceptions of Race and Caste, and Global Racisms

An interview with Anupama Rao, Professor of History and MESAAS (Middle East, South Asia, Africa Studies) at Columbia University and Barnard College and the Director of the Institute for Comparative Literature and Society at Columbia University. We discussed her research, pedagogy, the Ambedkar Initiative, and her work as a 2023 Global Humanities Institute awardee for the current project "Global Racisms, Cold War Humanism, and the Imagination of Just Futures”. In our interview Rao discussed interdisciplinarity, the work of ICLS, and the thinking around global racisms. What follows is a lightly edited version of our conversation.

Administration

Creating Care and Space in Humanities Administration: Katharine Wallerstein

Aaron Fai asks Katharine Wallerstein what is at stake in the current administration of humanities centers and institutes, and the near future of the newly regrouped network.