The Division of the Humanities is home to a number of centers that allow scholars to come together across disciplines to address common interests. Students and Faculty in the Department of English regularly participate in the intellectual life of these centers, which include:
- The Franke Institute for the Humanities
- Karla Scherer Center for the Study of American Culture
- Nicholson Center for British Studies
- Center for the Study of Race, Politics, and Culture
- Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality
- Program in Poetry and Poetics
- Renaissance Studies at the University of Chicago
To learn about specific centers in the Division of the Humanities, please visit the Division’s Interdisciplinary Centers & Programs page.
On Campus Research
Prominent cultural institutions affiliated with the University of Chicago include Doc Films, founded in 1940, the longest continuously running student film society in the nation; the Court Theatre, a professional theater that has produced innovative revisions of classical works since 1955; the Oriental Institute, an internationally known research organization and museum devoted to the study of the ancient Near East since 1919; and the University of Chicago Press, one of the largest and most prestigious academic presses in the country.
- Court Theatre
- Doc Films (Campus Film Series)
- Oriental Institute Museum
- Robie House Museum (Frank Lloyd Wright)
- Smart Museum of Art
- University of Chicago Press
- Department of English Affiliated Journals
- University of Chicago Library
- University of Chicago Library Resources (by subject)
- University of Chicago Library English and American Literature Resources Page
- Special Collections Research Center (Regenstein Library)
- Dissertation Office
- Center for Research Libraries
Campus Archival Resources
The setting of the University of Chicago affords easy access to the extraordinary cultural resources of a major international city. See below for a brief, and not at all exhaustive, list of some of the Chicago cultural institutions that have been of interest to academics from the Department of English. Each of these institutions has its own institutional history and strengths, often including significant collections of books and archival materials. University of Chicago graduate students can also utilize the library collections and resources of colleges and universities around the city through reciprocal agreements.
To explore academic opportunities for discovering Chicago, see also the homepage for the University's Chicago Studies Program.
- Ryerson and Burnham Libraries at the Art Institute of Chicago
- Chicago Architecture Foundation
- Chicago History Museum
- Chicago Humanities Festival
- Chicago Public Library
- DuSable Museum of African American History
- The Field Museum
- Hyde Park Art Center
- Museum of Contemporary Art
- Newberry Library
- Poetry Foundation
- Silent Film Society of Chicago
- Siskel Film Center (Art Institute of Chicago)
- Costumes and Textiles Collection (Chicago History Museum)
- Vivian G. Harsh Research Collection in Afro-American History and Literature (Woodson Regional, Chicago Public Library)
- Modern Language Association
- American Association of University Professors
- Midwest Modern Language Association
Frederic Ives Carpenter (1861-1925) was for many years an eminent professor of medieval and Renaissance literature in the Department of English. The Carpenter lectureship was endowed in 1925 to memorialize Professor Carpenter's personal commitment to the highest excellence in scholarship and teaching and to perpetuate that commitment in a broader way. The Carpenter lecturer generally spends a week at the University, with the centerpiece of the visit being a series of three lectures. The lecturer will, in addition, visit graduate workshops, hold office hours, and spend time informally engaged with faculty and students. Previous Carpenter Lecturers include Edward Said, Stanley Cavell, Jacques Derrida, Fredric Jameson, Judith Butler, Catherine Gallagher, Michael Warner, Susan Buck-Morss, Kwame Anthony Appiah, Franco Moretti, and Jacqueline Rose, Elizabeth Grosz, and Rey Chow.
- Rey Chow: "Acousmatic Sound and the Writing Voice in Cinema: A Preliminary Discussion" (Autumn 2015)
- Elizabeth Grosz: "The Incorporeal" (Spring 2015)
- Bruno Latour: October 23: "Facing Gaia: American and European Perspective" October 25: "The New Body Politik Requires a New Body"
Graduate Student Workshops
Each year the Humanities and Social Science Divisions at the University of Chicago offer a range of research workshops for faculty members and advanced graduate students. These research workshops are a key feature of the PhD program in English, one that helps to nurture a supportive as well as rigorous intellectual culture. For faculty and for students who have completed coursework, the workshops provide ongoing venues of conversation specific to disciplinary fields, areas of interest, and cross-disciplinary questions. The Department strongly recommends that PhD students participate in workshops relevant to their area of interest or dissertation project.
The workshop format varies, but participants typically discuss common readings and present the results of their own research. Most often, advanced PhD students present chapters of their dissertations, receiving important feedback and intellectual support from peers and faculty at a crucial time in their professional development. Faculty members from Chicago and other universities often present papers at the workshops as well. Departmental students and faculty can attest to the collegiality and high-quality commentary at these workshops; these are also registered in the book acknowledgments of many faculty members from Chicago and elsewhere.
Long-running workshops associated with the Department of English include workshops in Medieval Studies, Renaissance, 18th- and 19th-Century Atlantic Cultures, Poetry and Poetics, and Theater and Performance Studies. Students and faculty with particular areas of interests can form new workshops; click the link to see the full list of 2016-17 Council on Advanced Studies workshops.