Humanities & Arts Research

The arts and humanities are the cultural heart of the university and home to a passionate community of art, literature, language, culture and history scholars making significant contributions in their own fields and in interdisciplinary endeavors. Research and scholarship in the arts and humanities are indispensable for generating new ideas and new ways of thinking.

Advanced Computing Center for the Arts and Design (ACCAD)

The Advanced Computing Center for the Arts and Design (ACCAD) is a collaborative think space, a place to make, create, imagine and above all connect, with its research centered on the use and integration of emerging arts technologies. ACCAD has become internationally recognized as one of the original and leading centers of its kind.

The Barnett Center for Integrated Arts and Enterprise

The Barnett Center for Integrated Arts and Enterprise advances research of the business side of the arts and the worlds of arts management, policy and culture. The center’s Graduate Student Think Tank is an interdisciplinary group working to solve critical artist’s defined issues and develop new models for organizational management structures.  The Barnett Center for Integrated Arts and Enterprise advances research of the business side of the arts and the worlds of arts management, policy and culture. The center’s Graduate Student Think Tank is an interdisciplinary group working to solve critical artist-defined issues and develop new models for organizational management structures.

Conversations on Morality, Politics, and Society (COMPAS)

Conversations on Morality, Politics, and Society (COMPAS), a program developed by Ohio State’s Center for Ethics and Human Values (CEHV), brings together university researchers and scholars and the wider community for a series of conversations on important and controversial issues of public concern. The aim of the program is to show how ethical concern provides a basis for productive exchange on complex social issues among researchers from diverse fields, and between the university and the broader community.

The COMPAS program for 2016-2017 will focus on the theme of Inequality.

Environmental Humanities Program

The Environmental Humanities Program forges campus connections between scientists, engineers, humanities scholars and artists to address issues around the environment. The theme of the first two years of the program is climate change with freshman and graduate seminars; guest lectures, exhibitions and film screening.

Center for Epigraphical and Palaeographical Studies

The Center for Epigraphical and Palaeographical Studies is the only comprehensive research facility for the study of Greek and Latin inscriptions and manuscripts in the United States. Each year, the center hosts an annual research conference, Texts and Contexts, devoted to Medieval and Renaissance manuscripts, incunables and early printed texts in Latin and the vernacular languages.

Center for Historical Research

The Center for Historical Research brings together scholars from various disciplines to examine issues of broad contemporary relevance in an historical perspective. Each year, the center hosts a program organized around a central theme, which is explored through a series of 12 seminars. The 2015-2017 programs will explore the theme of “Family, Kinship and Household: New Perspectives.”

Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures

The Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures is one of the largest programs of its kind in the United States dedicated to research and teaching Chinese, Japanese and Korean language and literature. It is home of the journal, Modern Chinese Literature and Culture; and Chinese Oral and Performing Literature (CHINOPERL), an organization devoted to the research of China's oral and performing traditions.

Humanities Institute

The Humanities Institute is part of the Humanities Without Walls consortium consisting of 15 research universities throughout the Midwest and beyond creating new avenues for collaborative research, teaching and the production of scholarship in the humanities. The consortium is the first of its kind to experiment at this large scale with cross-institutional collaboration.

Current projects include the Religious Soundmap of the Midwest, a series of audio recordings and digital mapping documenting diversity of American cities; There There: A journal of global contemporary art in the Midwest; and the Midwest Heritage Language Network, a platform to link researchers, teachers and community members to research on heritage language communities in the Midwest.

Center for Languages, Literatures and Cultures

The Center for Languages, Literatures and Cultures brings together scholars and various experts to increase our understanding of diverse cultures, expand our competence in foreign languages and investigate the impact and creative potential of media technologies. The center is a national leader in developing distance learning in foreign languages.

Melton Center for Jewish Studies

The Melton Center for Jewish Studies encompasses one of the largest and most diverse programs in the country dedicated to the research, study and teaching of Jewish studies. The Ohio State University has one of the largest Judaica library collections in the country, with more than 300,000 volumes and a full-time Judaica librarian.

Resource Center for Medieval Slavic Studies (RCMSS)

The Resource Center for Medieval Slavic Studies (RCMSS) is dedicated to research and study of medieval Slavic culture; in particular, the written manuscript heritage of the Slavs in the original Slavic alphabets, Cyrillic and Glagolitic. RCMSS supports the study of this heritage by providing access to the largest repository of medieval Slavic Cyrillic texts on microform in the world, including holdings from more than 100 monastic, private, museum and library collections of 23 countries. 

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