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.
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:
- We recognize that complex cultural forms require multiple disciplinary strategies for analysis.
- We aim to construct research interactively with a wide range of communities.
- 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.