Research Groups

Adaptation Studies

This research group will explore adaptation studies to raise key questions regarding the research and teaching of film and literature across various media and interpretive strategies, synthesizing approaches to address the most basic questions about what texts are, how they circulate and interact with other texts, and how they signify.

American Modernity

The American Modernity Research Group is a faculty collective dedicated to discussing research interests and recent intellectual trends related to Americanist scholarship on the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

Archipelagoes, Oceans & Americas

This group is seeking to redefine American studies by reimagining the focus of American literature around the history, images, tropes, representations, and rationales of islands rather than continents. This group works in partnership with scholars at the University of Rutgers.

Derrida and the Question of Religion

The divergent interests of the members of this group collect around the issues that Derrida addresses in his texts that are both explicitly and implicitly about religion, especially as the question of Derrida and religion emerges in literature, politics, and visual art.

Environmental Humanities

The Environmental Humanities is an initiative sponsored by an association of faculty at Brigham Young University devoted to interdisciplinary research and teaching on the environment and supported, in part, by The Nature Conservancy.

Experiential Learning

The general focus will be exploring the impact/value of the humanities in the wider world. Specifically, what is unique about a humanities education that equips people to contribute in civic and professional life? We will examine literature and studies that address the ways humanities competencies are valued outside academia. We will also address the role of experiential education in preparing students to translate their humanities training outside the classroom.

Humanities Lab

This lab is focused on the impact of the humanities. This will very much be a collaborative project. It will venture to the frontier of several disciplines, involve faculty and students from other parts of campus, and demand both new technologies and plenty of critical ingenuity.

Jazz-Blues for the Humanities

This group will be comprised of scholars involved in the ever-growing body of research on jazz, blues, and rock music as they relate to the humanities.

Medieval and Renaissance Studies

MARS (Medieval and Renaissance Studies) members come to us from across several disciplines and colleges to share our interest with the historic period from the end of antiquity (roughly ca. 500) down to the development of the early modern world (roughly up through the seventeenth century).

Psychoanalysis Reading Group

The purpose of the Psychoanalysis Reading Group is to revisit key psychoanalytic texts and to discover new insights into the ways psychoanalysis still speaks to questions of what it means to be human. The group is also interested in developing a stronger foundation of understanding so that we can eventually move toward other theories that build on work by Freud, Lacan, and Kristeva.

Romantic and Victorian

Romantic and Victorian is a faculty research group that meets several times per year to discuss: 1)British literature of the “long Romantic” and Victorian periods (1750-1900) 2)Transnational Romanticism 3)Romantic and Victorian aesthetics theory, and philosophy. Most semesters the group gathers once to discuss the research of a group member and once to workshop with a visiting scholar.

Translation Studies

In the age of globalization, Translation Studies has emerged to meet the dramatically increased need not only for the practical translation and interpretation of texts and documents, but for transcultural and transnational understanding and communication.

Women’s Studies Teaching and Research (WSTAR)

The Women’s Studies Teaching and Research Group helps to further its members’ training in contemporary theories and practices related to women’s studies. We schedule events and activities that involve presentations and workshops conducted by eminent scholars in the field of women’s studies as well as by members of the group. We also sponsor visiting lectures and conduct workshops for work-in-progress by members of the group.