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.

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.

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.

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

Psychoanalysis continues to be relevant to the humanities as a tool for thinking about issues of trauma, memory and testimony. 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.

Theology and Humanities

 This group looks to take up, in a more extensive and reflective way, theological works of broad impact across multiple fields – literary studies, philosophy, theory, culture and gender studies, and more.

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.