Virginia Kenny is an independent cultural historian with active connections to the School of Humanities (English) at the University of Adelaide. She is currently a visiting research fellow at the University of Adelaide.
Virginia received her PhD in English Literature and the Benham Prize for English Literature in 1976.
Completing a sequel to The Country-House Ethos linking insights from the symbolism used to normalize emerging market economy in the 17th-18th centuries as part of a continuum of social cohesion into the twentyfirst century.
The working title Globalizing psyche: Symbol shift from myth to the corporatization of institutions, suggests the historical depth and cultural scope called for in such project about the implications of ontological shift in the brain-culture environment of changing times.
Since 2004 — Convener of the Adelaide branch of the Independent Scholars Association of Australia, which brings academics and independent scholars together in collegial discussion. Membership of other boards/committees, including Helping Hand Aged Care and TAFE Adelaide North.
1990-1991 — Deputy Chancellor, University of South Australia
1984-1990 — Vice President, South Australian Institute of Technology (merged into University of South Australia in 1979)
1981-1990 — Member of Council, South Australian Institute of Technology (merged into University of South Australia in 1979)
1985 — Retired from full-time employment to concentrate on research and writing; she continued sessional teaching, seminars, chairing academic committees of many types
1976-1979 — Academic Secretary, SA Council for Educational Planning and Research, and concurrently, Secretary to the SA Enquiry into Post-Secondary Education, visiting institutions both in Australia and overseas.
Publications (some chapters in books)
A Refined Look at Australia: Angela Thirkell as Trooper to the Southern Cross — in Aspects of Australian Fiction: Essays Presented to John Colmer, ed by Alan Brissenden,1990, UWA Press.
Magic Realism & Selfhood in Robert Graves' — The Shout — in The Fantastic Self: Essays on the Subject of the Self, ed by Janeen Webb and Andrew Enstice, 1999, Eidelon Publications.
Other academic activities
Numerous talks and papers on:
the role of institutions
our responsibility to the future during times of rapid and radical change.