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Research currents

Cross-disciplinary research areas

There are many areas of research in contemporary scholarship which cut across or transcend disciplinary boundaries. We call these areas research currents to highlight their dynamic and emergent quality. The Humanities PhD program (HUMA) and the Individualized Programs (INDI) are each in their own way integral to Concordia’s commitment to interdisciplinary collaboration and research.

Please find below a selected list of these currents together with the names (and links to the personal websites) of some of the Concordia faculty members whose work has been influential in opening up and charting these fields. 

Master's level

To explore the possibilities for collaboration at the Master’s level, you should contact one of the Concordia faculty members whose name is listed to start a conversation.

Doctoral level

If you would like to pursue a doctoral degree in one of these currents, you have a choice:

  • Humanities Doctoral Program (HUMA), in the Centre for Interdisciplinary Studies in Society and Culture, offers students the opportunity to pursue innovative interdisciplinary research in areas that cross the Humanities, Social Sciences, and/or Fine Arts. HUMA also promotes art-based practice by providing students who enter the program with MFA degrees the possibility of including studio work as a component of their thesis project. HUMA doctoral projects can be undertaken in many of the research currents listed below, with those marked by a star (*) being of particular relevance.
  • Individualized Programs (INDI) , in the School of Graduate Studies, enables excellent, self-directed graduate students to pursue innovative research that goes beyond traditional disciplinary structures. INDI also acts as an incubator for departments that do not yet have a graduate program.

These research currents are illustrative, not prescriptive. There are many other potential avenues of research for you to explore at Concordia, and we welcome all manner of proposals.

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