Faculty of Arts and Humanities

A&H Research Spotlight

Leonard honoured for lifetime of Milton work

john leonardWestern English professor John Leonard, renowned scholar in studies of poet John Milton, has been named the 2014 Honoured Scholar of the Milton Society of America. The honour, established in 1948, represents a lifetime achievement award. 


Between a rock and an artistic place

JazvacKamilo Beach is, arguably, the world’s dirtiest beach. Located on the southeastern coast on the island of Hawaii, the beach’s sands are littered with marine debris – most of it plastic waste washed up from the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. Among this garbage, Patricia Corcoran and Kelly Jazvac have discovered something new.



Police officer-turned-professor takes classroom to crime scenes

arntfieldWith TV series like Sherlock and True Detective gripping international audiences and critics alike, it's no wonder two courses offered by Western University's Faculty of Arts & Humanities dedicated to sleuths and truths are capturing the imagination of students like a homicide investigator aims to catch a killer.  

Police officer-turned-professor Mike Arntfield has developed two unique courses for the Department of English & Writing Studies and while one is based in fact and the other fiction, both are grounded in real life law enforcement and exploring the criminal mind. 


Putting philosophy into practice half a world away

vigerChris Viger is sowing the seeds of a revolution. “What we philosophers do is often far removed from anything practical,” Viger said. “So it seemed to me an important opportunity to take advantage of.”


Conversation tool meets needs of global market

One of the challenges of learning a second language is finding opportunities to practise. SSHRC-funded research has led to the development of an innovative online tool that helps language learners do just that.

With the aid of a $75,000 Insight Development Grant, Juan Luis Suarez, professor of Hispanic studies at Western University, along with two researchers and six doctoral students in his CulturePlex Lab, created a prototype called the Virtual Language Laboratory (VL3), which gives students the chance to text chat in Spanish with an online avatar, in scenarios such as meeting someone for the first time, or ordering a meal at a restaurant. Read more


Landmark study explores Hispanic Baroque

baroqueBy Communications Staff, September 25, 2013 Inspiring everything from Las Vegas to Lady Gaga, Hispanic Baroque is every bit an influence on modern day trends as is hip-hop and hipsters. And yet, tracing the cultural complexity that Hispanic Baroque has spawned for centuries has proven an unenviable task. Until now. A landmark study by The Cultureplex Lab at Western has explored Hispanic Baroque like no previous research project of its kind. Read more


Field School glimpses into Roman Empire's past, students' futures

 cultureplexBy Communications Staff, September 5, 2013 Western researchers Elizabeth Greene, above, and Alexander Meyer, along with nine Classical Studies students, journeyed 6,000 kilometres and nearly 2,000 years for the experience of a lifetime. For six weeks this summer, Greene and Meyer led students in an archaeological dig, below, at Western’sField School at VindolandaRead more