Faculty of Arts and Humanities

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 ten 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:

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 more

PhD candidate leverages research to create path

Jason Winders, Western News, February 4, 2018

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 more

Exploring our social response to Paris attacks

By Juan Luis SuarezWestern News, December 03, 2015

CulturePlex Lab shows history may remember Paris attacks by one tweet from One Direction. Read more

Professor plugs into what it means to game

Jonathan Boulter, English and Writing Studies, has found a place among the first wave of video game culture academic researchers. This month, he released his first book on the subject. Read more

Vanier celebrates nation’s finest graduate students

Mayme Lefurgey, Women’s Studies & Feminist Research and Transitional Justice & Post-Conflict Reconstruction, was named among four Western PhD candidates to receive the Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship. Read more 

Kelly Jazvac: Interview with Artslant

jazvacIn this episode of "working (it) out" the Artslant podcast, Studio Faculty member Kelly Jazvac discusses Plastiglomerates, and her recent presentation to Paleobiologists at the Smithsonian Institute. Listen now

Student unearths footprint from antiquity

By Jason Winders, June 30, 2015

Classical Studies student Melanie Benard joined Western’s Field School at Vindolanda to take a step or two into the past. But what she unearthed last week during the archaeological dig set her back on her heels.

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Cultureplex measures beauty in art using 'big data'

June 29, 2015

A recent study by Western's Cultreplex Lab, published in International Journal for Digital Art History, concludes that the representation of facial beauty has varied over time and that these variations can be measured and tracked throughout the history of painting.

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Inside the mind of Murder City

By Vanessa BrownLondon Fuse, June 18, 2015

Michael Arntfield, English and Writing Studies, wrote the book on London's sordid past with serial killers. Find out why he studies cold cases and how this was kept quiet for so long.

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Western Philosophers listed among most cited worldwide

By Leiter Reports: A Philosophy Blog, May 28, 2015

Charles Weijer and Stathis Psillos from the Rotman Institute of Philosophy are listed among the top 85 most-cited living philosophers worldwide, according to the popular philosophy blog The Leiter Reports.

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Rotman Institute of Philosophy shares BIG IDEAS

May 07, 2015

In this special edition of Western News, members of the Rotman Institute of Philosophy offer up their BIG IDEAS on the questions you’ll be facing tomorrow – and beyond.

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Bentley wins Killam Prize

April 14, 2015

Western University's David Bentley – a nationally acclaimed teacher from the Department of English & Writing Studies and a leading scholar of Canadian poetry – is a 2015 Killam Prize winner.

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Conway named 2015 Faculty Scholar

By Western NewsJason Winders, March 16, 2015

Alison Conway, English, has been named one of 12 Western Faculty Scholars this year.The recipients are considered all-around scholars and will hold the title of Faculty Scholar for two years and receive $7,000 each year for scholarly activities. 

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Canadian researcher discovers Roman history hiding in plain sight

By Marc Montgomery, CBC Radio, February 02, 2015

Elizabeth M Greene, assistant professor, Roman Archeology, Department of Classical Studies, Western University, has been studying the role of women in ancient Rome, and it army. While in a museum studying plaster casts of the various scenes depicted on the column, she noticed something that seems obvious, but somehow has somehow escaped “legions” of scholars for so many decades.

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