Invisible Indianapolis examines history and material culture in a series of seemingly “invisible” Indianapolis neighborhoods. The project focuses on places that initially may seem counter-intuitive to our ideas about what constitutes “historical” sites; that is, in many reaches of the city, the material remains of community heritage are fragmentary or entirely effaced, and in some places only a handful of elders preserve local memories. Invisible Indianapolis underscores the stories of American life in a breadth of seemingly commonplace places transformed by factors including real estate “redlining,” racial and religious discrimination, postwar highway construction, and gentrification.
Invisible Indianapolis was supported by the 2016-2017 Charles R. Bantz Chancellor’s Community Fellowship. The Bantz Chancellor’s Community Fellowship recognizes former Chancellor Charles R. Bantz’s commitment to community-engaged research and scholarship. The Fellowship is designed to reinforce IUPUI campus-community engagement; it partners IUPUI faculty, students, and community members in a year-long project that is of mutual value and interest; and it will produce meaningful community impact. The Fellowship ended in Summer 2017, but you can expect research from the project to continue to appear here on the blog.