Research Facilities

See a virtual tour of the Artlab: click above to explore the 2016 Faculty/Staff exhibition

Located in John Labatt Visual Arts Centre at Western University, the Artlab Gallery is a vital part of the Department of Visual Arts. The Gallery is focused on projects that involve and respond to social and cultural issues, primarily supporting the research and practice of students and faculty. Each year approximately 14 projects and events are presented, exploring conceptual and experimental production that includes a wide range of mediums.

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The Centre for the Study of Theory and Criticism is an established forum for interdisciplinary research and advanced study into theoretical problems and practices. Research at the Centre focuses on the work of such movements as Deconstruction, Social and Political Thought, Contintental Philosophy, Psychoanalysis, Visual Culture, Marxist Theory, Post-Humanist Theory, Linguistics and Rhetorical Theory, 18th & 19th Century Philosophy and History of Thought. More broadly, it is concerned with the questions raised by these movements, and with constructing a dialogue both between theory and its history and between the disciplines or discourses that have contributed to contemporary theory. Since the inception of its MA program in 1990, the Centre has been the preferred destination for students of excellent calibre from Canada and from abroad, and this tradition has continued at the doctoral level since the launching of the PhD program in 2002. Through its programs and the work of its accomplished Core Faculty from Arts and Humanities, Information & Media Studies, and Social Sciences, the Centre has successfully established itself as one of Western’s well recognized and celebrated research intensive graduate programs, one that has been successfully guided by the strength of cross-disciplinary collaboration.

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The CulturePlex does research on the several phases of cultural dynamics: creation, transmission, and representation. The different academic perspectives of our researchers —from philosophy to mathematics, computer science, economics, philology, and art history— provide us with a varied toolbox that we use to select, develop and tailor the most appropriate solution for the problem at hand. Doing research on cultural complexity means three things: analyzing the same phenomena at several scales (from the individual's to the network's), employing a multidisciplinary approach, and taking advantage of the available computing power.

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The Rotman Institute of Philosophy at Western University brings together philosophers and scientists who pursue fundamental questions about how science works, the nature of scientific knowledge, how to use scientific knowledge wisely, and how to conduct research ethically.  The Institute sponsors an active speaker series, regular conferences and workshops, and public engagement activities. All graduate students studying in the Department of Philosophy at Western can become student members of the Institute. The Institute awards up to four Doctoral Entrance Scholarships each academic year valued at up to $10,000 each, for prospective students with appropriate research interests.

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The Theoretical and Applied Linguistics Laboratory (TALL) provides the electronic and technical infrastructure essential to the pursuit of leading edge linguistics research in linguistics analysis, data collection and online data retrieval and research collaboration, while providing an excellent environment to foster the development of transferable technical skills in such areas as online database creation and management, statistical analysis and Geographical Information Systems including sophisticated computer applications.

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