Cultural Studies

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Cultural Studies

Interdisciplinary Graduate Program

Cultural Studies

Interdisciplinary Graduate Program

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Cultural Studies is an interdisciplinary graduate program comprising some 22 MA students, 75 PhD students, and 90 faculty drawn from the arts, humanities, and social and natural sciences. It is the largest PhD program in the Faculty of Arts and Science. 

  • Undisciplined! Graduate student conference April 1-2

  • ATSA: Le Temps d’une Soupe. The talk will take place in Kingston Hall 200 on Wednesday, February 10 from 3-4:30pm

  • Performing Pedagogies (12th-20th March)

    Performing Pedagogies (12th-20th March) is a series of public performances and events curated by Cultural Studies artist-scholar Shalon Webber-Heffernan in partnership with the Union Gallery.

  • Support Cultural Studies - photo by Mansoor Behnam

    Support Cultural Studies - photo by Mansoor Behnam

  • Ban Righ Stained Glass - photo by Danielle Gugler

    Ban Righ Stained Glass - photo by Danielle Gugler

  • Feathers of Hope - First Nations Youth Action Plan

    Feathers of Hope - First Nations Youth Action Plan

  • Decolonization - photo by Jeffrey Barbeau

    Decolonization - photo by Jeffrey Barbeau

  • Cyclop Robot - creation of Pia Banzhaf

    Cyclop Robot - creation of Pia Banzhaf

  • Reflection - photo by Dorit Naaman

    Reflection - photo by Dorit Naaman

  • Pia Banzhaf

    Pia Banzhaf

Cultural Studies researchers investigate values, beliefs and belongings, cultural processes and cultural objects, economic and social relations, institutions and identities

Our community of researchers theorizes the forces that shape the lived reality of people in the 21st century. Drawing on a range of practices, we investigate values, beliefs and belongings, cultural processes and cultural objects, economic and social relations, institutions and identities.

Cultural Studies is an emphatically interdisciplinary area of inquiry that intersects the humanities, science studies, the social sciences and the arts. We differ from traditional academic disciplines in three key ways: 

  1. We recognize that complex cultural forms require multiple disciplinary strategies for analysis. 
  2. We aim to construct research interactively with a wide range of communities.
  3. We emphasize themes of power, justice and social change.

Cultural Studies therefore draws on a range of methods and critical theories and strives to do so self-reflexively. In this way we break down conventional divisions not only among academic disciplines but also between academia and activism, and between theoretical critique and cultural production. 

We are committed to the local context, including the recognition that Queen's University sits on the traditional lands of the Anishnaabe and Haudenosaunee peoples. We conduct research with community partners in the fields of arts and social justice in the city of Kingston and more broadly in Ontario. We are equally committed to the diversification and internationalization of our research and have active partnerships with universities across the world with whom our faculty and students regularly collaborate. Our students have participated in established programs in Cuba and China, and we strive to make opportunities for international research available to all students where relevant.

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