Professor Hussein Keshani receives $198,259 grant for cultural study at University of Alberta’s Devonian Botanic Garden

UBC scholar receives $198,259 grant for cultural study

By Patty Wellborn. September 8, 2014

Research partnership focuses on U of A’s Devonian Botanic Garden

Hussein Keshani, associate professor in the Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies at UBC’s Okanagan campus, has received a $198,259 grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) that will examine the use of mobile technologies for botanical and cultural interpretation at the University of Alberta’s Devonian Botanic Garden near Edmonton.

The Evolving the Botanical Garden research partnership is centred on the University of Alberta’s Devonian Botanic Garden and a contemporary interpretation of Islamic garden traditions that will be built there by the Aga Khan Trust for Culture. The partnership aims to reimagine the nature of the botanical garden, says Keshani.

nature of the botanical garden
Hussein Keshani’s research aims to reimagine the nature of the botanical garden.

“The project explores whether these museums for nature also become places that further explore and enhance social cohesion, intercultural perspectives and knowledge of the natural world through the thoughtful and appropriate use of digital media and mobile technology,” says Keshani.

More at the Source: news.ok.ubc.ca/2014/09/08/ubc-scholar-receives-198259-grant-for-cultural-study/

Dr. Hussein KeshaniDr. Hussein Keshani
Associate Professor, Art History
Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies
The University of British Columbia, Okanagan Campus
Kelowna, BC

Recipient of the 2012 Elisabeth Walton Potter Research Award
Presented by the The Marion Dean Ross Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians.

After initially studying architecture, I chose to pursue art history at the University of Victoria, BC, where I completed my MA and PhD. Art History sometimes gets a bad rap as being fluffy, but I’m really drawn to the field’s interdisciplinary nature, since studying visual cultures generally requires knowledge of artmaking practices, history, religion, cultural practices, languages, literature and many other areas. In Victoria, we were encouraged to study many different regions and periods of the world before specializing. My focus became South Asia and the Islamic World.

More about Dr. Hussein Keshani: fccs.ok.ubc.ca/faculty/hkeshani.html

 


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