Interested students are encouraged to participate in Humanities Center research groups. Research groups provide opportunities for students to interact with faculty as intellectual peers. To qualify for participation, students should have some background in the topic covered by the research group.
Current 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.
- Applied Humanities: The Cambodia Family History project is the first iteration of an initiative in the Applied Humanities — the application of humanities skills in language, thought, literary interpretation, and cultural understanding — toward the solution of concrete problems in the world. The group’s first project is to help people in Cambodia create, upload, and link family histories.
- 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.
- Genre Fiction and Modern Thought: This group explores intersections between popular literature and complex philosophical paradigms. At present, we are exploring detective fiction, one of the world’s most popular genres that, over the past half-century, has also become a major vehicle for the exposition of “high theory.”
- 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).
- Post-Historicisms: The Post-historicisms research group explores the following questions: How does one think outside the parameters of historicism? Why should we? And is the history of historicism’s decline worth probing? If so, how? The purpose of this research group is to explore this new, post-historicist sensibility that is increasingly permeating literary studies.
- 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.
- Urban Humanities: The Urban Humanities research group brings together faculty and students from across the college and university to explore the relevance of the humanities to the questions and problems raised by recent and past processes of urbanization.
- Women’s Studies (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.
If you are interested in being involved, contact Matthew Wickman for more information.