Arts & Humanities Research

The Faculty of Arts and Humanities has a long and proud tradition of academic excellence. We rank consistently as one of the top Faculties in the Arts in Canada. Our nine departments and programs bring together over 150 full-time Professors, many of whom hold teaching and research awards on the local and international stages.

Research Spotlight:

The Family Camera | Royal Ontario Museum

Exploring the relationship between photography and the idea of family, The Family Camera looks at family photographs as a cultural practice through the lens of migration. It considers the social, political, and technological influences that impact how we conceptualize and represent family. Cultural shifts, such as same sex marriage and transnational adoptions enhance our notion of family, while the arrival of Polaroid cameras, smart phones, and the digital age have transformed the moments we capture and how we share them. With nearly every photograph featured in this exhibition coming from a Canadian home, The Family Camera sheds light on how family photos reflect and shape our sense of self, family, community, and nation.

Curated by Deepali Dewan, Jennifer Orpana (PhD'16, Visual Arts), Thy Phu (English and Writing Studies), Julie Crooks, and Sarah Bassnett (Visual Arts).
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Graham and Gale Wright Awards

Erica Lawson (Women's Studies and Feminist Research) and Wayne Myrvold (Philosophy) have been awarded the 2017 Graham and Gale Wright Awards. This Faculty-based award recognizes their significant contributions as internationally recognized researchers.


1967: Canada Welcomes the World

06-burucua.jpgA new documentary project focused on the national pavilions of the sixty countries that participated in Montreal's 1967 World Exhibition by Prof. Constanza Burucúa (Modern Languages & Literatures) will soon be exhibited in multiple locations in conjunction with Canada 150. Read the full article


Phu named to Royal Society of Canada

By  Jason WindersWestern News, September 01, 2016

Charles Weijer, Philosophy was named Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and Thy Phu, English & Writing Studies, was named to the RSC College of New Scholars, Artists & Scientists.

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David Huebert wins 2016 Walrus Poetry Prize

CBC Books, December 06, 2016

David Huebert, a Ph.D. candidate in English and Writing Studies has won the 2016 Walrus Poetry Prize for his poem "Colloquium: J.T. Henry and Lady Simcoe on Early Ontario Petrocolonialism." The prize, now in its fifth year, comes with a $4,000 purse.

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Indian-Canadian scholar on stereotypes, power and Slumdog Millionaire

nandi bhatiaNandi Bhatia, (English & Writing and Associate Dean Research) recently presented the 10th Edward Baugh Distinguished Lecture at the University of the West Indies in Mona, Jamaica.  Bhatia, a leading scholar of postcolonial theatre, presented " Dramatic Contests and Colonial Contexts on the Indian Stage.”Bhatia i s the author of 2010’s  Performing Woman/Performing Womanhood: Theatre, Politics and Dissent in North India (Oxford University Press) and  Acts of Authority/Acts of Resistance: Theatre and Politics in Colonial and Postcolonial India, released by University of Michigan Press in 2004. Her third book –  Local Themes, Transnational Concerns:Theatres of the South Asian Diaspora in Canada, is a work in progress.  Read the full article


Visiting Scholars

kalpana raoThe Faculty continues to maintain a robust culture of internationalization through visiting scholars. In Winter 2016,  Paulette Ramsay (University of West Indies) visited the Department of Modern Languages under the Canada-CARICOM Leadership Scholarships Program. From September 15-October 15, the Department of English and Writing Studies is hosting  Dr. Kalpana Rao (University of Pondicherry) as a Visiting Fellow under the Lal Bahadur Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute’s Faculty Mobility Grant.


Governor General taps trio for top PhD honours

By  Adela TalbotWestern News, October 26, 2016

Yanxiang Wu, PhD Comparative Literature is one of three Western students to be awarded the 2016 Governor General Gold Medal award.

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Kelly Olson explores brothels of Pompeii with David Suzuki

CBC , October 05, 2016

Kelly Olson from WesternU Classics explores brothels of Pompeii with David Suzuki on The Nature of Things airing October 6, 2016.  Read the full article


Study explores role of Jewish women on homefront

By  Paul MayneWestern News, August 29, 2016

Women’s Studies and Feminist Research PhD student Jennifer Shaw Lander is collecting and analyzing oral histories of Canadian Jewish women who were active on the home front or were girls during the war.  Read the full article


Southwestern Ontarians do talk differently

By  Dale CarruthersLondon Free Press, August 22, 2016

Michael Iannozzi, a linguist at Western University says the region has a dialect unlike anywhere else in Ontario, and he’s hitting the road — recording device in hand — to gather the proof.  Read the full article


Treating with emotions: The 'passion theory' of anorexia

By  James PurtillAustralian Broadcasting Corporation, July 23, 2016

Rotman philosopher shares views about disorders and addictions being treated as passions.  Read the full article


Looking for a curator of the human species

Modern Languages and Literatures professor Juan Luis Suárez and Biology professor Kathleen Hill discuss CRISPR technology and editing of the human germline genome.  Read the full article


PhD candidate leverages research to create path

Jason Winders, Western News, February 4, 2016

saskaWomen’s Studies and Feminist Research PhD candidate Sarah Saska looks at how innovation can be leveraged to advance women’s rights and gender equality. She is grateful to have a “rock star” supervisor in Bipasha Baruah, Canada Research Chair in Global Women’s Issues.


New chair embraces ‘meeting of minds’

By  Adela TalbotWestern News, January 13, 2016

Tim Bayne is the new chair of the Philosophy of Neuroscience at Western, a post he officially took up in November.  Read the full article