Queen's University

Cultural Studies

Interdisciplinary Graduate Program

Cultural Studies

Interdisciplinary Graduate Program

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Welcome!

Cultural Studies is an interdisciplinary graduate program comprising some 20 MA students, 70 PhD students, and 88 faculty drawn from the arts, humanities, and social and natural sciences.

  • Rethink Everything - photo by Zhu Xiaozhuli

    Rethink Everything - photo by Zhu Xiaozhuli

  • Breakfast with Mrs. A - photo by Pia Banzhaf

    Breakfast with Mrs. A - photo by Pia Banzhaf

  • Support Cultural Studies - photo by Mansoor Behnam

    Support Cultural Studies - photo by Mansoor Behnam

  • Hairlines Poster. June 11-13 7:30pm

    Hairlines Poster. June 11-13 7:30pm

  • 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.

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