The Humanities PhD offers a distinctive, exciting, cutting edge way to pursue advanced interdisciplinary research and training. Successful applicants enter with an MA or MFA, having proposed a program of research sponsored by a committee of three (a primary supervisor, and two advisors) drawn primarily (but not exclusively) from Concordia faculty members, in relevant areas of research and/or practice, from a variety of disciplines across the humanities, social sciences and fine arts.
Housed in the Centre for Interdisciplinary Studies in Society and Culture, humanities students benefit from a thriving and collaborative milieu, conducive to innovation and cross-fertilization. Research-Creation projects are welcome. Many of our current students bring with them well-established track records in arts or other disciplines, adding to our rich mix of work.
Concordia University has a long tradition of championing interdisciplinarity – see Research Currents for some areas of expertise. Humanities students and their advisors are key participants in Concordia’s research and research-creation networks, labs, studios, and centres including Hexagram, Milieux (and its 7 research clusters: Indigenous Futures; Textiles & Materiality; Technoculture Art and Games; Speculative Life; Post Image; LeParc, the Performing Arts Research Cluster; Participatory Media; Media History), Matralab; SenseLab; Mobile Media Lab (mobility studies); Feminist Media Studio; Centre for Oral History and Digital Storytelling; Centre for Sensory Studies, Centre for Expanded Poetics, Centre for Curating & Public Scholarship, and the Loyola Sustainability Research Centre. Alongside their advisors, Humanities students are also engaged in exciting inter-university collaborative research projects such as CRIHN, Figura/NT2, QCBS, and IMMERSe.
You can get a sense of the vast range of innovative, provocative, inspiring, and forward looking projects by Humanities students, past and present, through our Student Profiles and Humanities PhD theses.
We welcome inquiries from prospective students interested in exploring how their interests may fit our program. We look forward to seeing you at the varied CISSC and Humanities events throughout the year. Most of all, we invite you to join us in our research, creation, and exploration of future humanities.