Faculty of Arts and Humanities

Research Groups

Achilles Project

  • The aim of this project is to bring together a group of scholars working on the history of the Achilles argument, on the interpretation of the work of proponents and opponents of that argument (like Bayle, Clarke, and Mendelssohn on the one hand and Locke, Hume and Kant on the other), and on current issues in the study of consciousness.
  • Bioethics Research Group

  • The Bioethics Research Group is a multi-disciplinary team of established researchers based in London, Ontario who collaborate on a variety of projects of an academic, pedagogical and public awareness nature. Members of the group come from a range of disciplines such as Philosophy, Law and Medicine. Many of the group's researchers have a special interest in ethical issues surrounding the reproductive health care sciences.
  • Biology, Philosophy, Evolution Discussion Group (BiPED)

  • Founded in 1996, BiPED is an interdisciplinary group that brings together faculty, post-docs and students from biology, philosophy and related disciplines to discuss research related to evolution. BiPED meets about once a month, and also sponsors occasional guest lectures or special events.
  • Comparative Romanticism Research Group (Romanticism @ Western)

  • To provide a forum for studies in the literature, culture, and theory of the Romantic Period (ca. 1770-1850) in an international and interdisciplinary context
  • Descartes Research Group

  • We are a group of scholars and analytic philosophers devoted to promoting and promulgating the study of all aspects of Descartes' and Cartesian philosophy at The University of Western Ontario. Our interests range broadly, from Descartes' mathematics and natural philosophy to his philosophy of mind and to his ethics. We meet bi-weekly throughout the academic year and much of the summer for round table discussion and critique of members' written work
  • Electronic Textuality Research Group

  • Feminist Philosophy Research Group

  • With eight philosophers in a variety of fields whose work can be classified in full or in part under the rubric “Feminist Philosophy”, Western is one of only 20 philosophy graduate programs in the English-speaking world recognized by the Philosophical Gourmet as having strength in this area. Recently the group was very active in the organization of the XIV IAPh Symposium 2010: Feminism, Science and Values held at The University of Western Ontario. The International Association of Women Philosophers met at The University of Western Ontario in June 2010. It was the organization’s first meeting in Canada and only its second meeting in North America.
  • G.R.E.L.C.E.F. / Research and Teaching Group on Francophone Literatures and Cultures

  • To study Canadian and international francophone literatures, cultures and languages in a broad sense.
  • Holocaust Literature Research Initiative

  • The Holocaust Literature Research Institute collects and analyzes published testimonies of Holocaust survivors. The collection is placed in a searchable website.
  • Language and Cognition Research Group

  • The group's aims are two-fold. First we will continue to draw on empirical work on language and cognition from cognitive science to address issues in philosophy of language and mind, and vice versa. Second, we will consider in depth methodological questions which arise at this interface of philosophy and cognitive science.
  • Medieval and Renaissance Seminar Research Group

  • The Seminar for Medieval and Renaissance Studies at Western was started in the late sixties as a joint venture between History, French, and English (leading lights of the early days were Jack Lander and John Rowe of the Department of History), although it quickly expanded to include members from many other departments and from the affiliate colleges. For its first twenty years, the Seminar focused on very well-attended papers by major scholars in fields of medieval and Renaissance studies, and papers by members of the Seminar.
  • Performance Studies Research Group

  • The Performance Studies Research Group is an interdisciplinary body made up of more than twenty scholars - both faculty and graduate students - from across the university. We meet twice per term, organizing our gatherings around shared readings from current debates in performance-related disciplines, the presentation of research by members, and lectures by visiting or in-house speakers. While we do not adhere rigorously to the formal definition of "performance studies" emerging from the discipline's American school (developed by Richard Schechner et al, and maintained by such bodies as TDR and Performance Studies International), we come together in our common faith in what Diana Taylor calls performance's power to enact theory, and theory's power to perform "in the public sphere." Our definition of performance is as flexible as the scholars who number among us, and we always welcome new members.
  • Philosophy & Psychology Research Group

  • The purpose of this research group is to investigate the nature of concepts from philosophical and psychological perspectives. Aims are: 1. Promote interdisciplinary research and collaboration; 2. Obtain external grant money; 3. Read recent publications concerning concepts category learning; 4. Offer a setting for group members to present work in progress to obtain feedback in preparing for publication; 5. Establish UWO as a place to study cognitive science and philosophy of psychology.
  • Philosophy of Science Research Group

  • The aim is to further our understanding of scientific methodology through detailed examination of scientific theories.
  • Postcolonial and Globalization Interdisciplinary Research Group

  • To provide a forum for research collaboration at the point of intersection between postcolonial and globalization studies within interdisciplinary contexts.
  • Research Group in Gender and Sexuality

  • Purpose is to serve as a forum for the members to present and discuss new research papers relating to the cultural study of genders and sexualities.
  • Transatlantic Research Group

  • This research group is devoted to the study of relationships within the Spanish and Portuguese world well as the development of the Spanish language and culture in North America, and the subsequent realignment of the Spanish cultural world.
  • Upper Canada Society for Ancient and Medieval Philosophy

  • The Upper Canada Society for Ancient and Medieval Philosophy is a research group made up of graduate students and faculty members interested in ancient and medieval philosophy. The aim is to offer graduate students and faculty alike a forum to present work-in-progress in a relaxed social setting where they can receive feedback from others working in the area.
  • Western Early Modern Society Research Group

  • The purpose of this research group is to provide a forum for the presentation of research "work-in-progress" and for the dissemination and exchange of new ideas, research projects, etc.