The Institute for Comparative Studies in Literature, Art and Culture (ICSLAC) advances comparative research across disciplines, cultures, and technologies. It does so through its academic programs, research centres and events, which together create an engaged intellectual community of faculty, graduate students and the greater public.

The Institute admitted its first doctoral students into the PhD in Cultural Mediations in 2001. In 2012, it established the collaborative MA in the Digital Humanities. Over time, the Institute has developed particular strengths due to areas of faculty research and student interest, which have developed organically into the following four general research areas: Critical Theory, Digital Humanities, Indigenous Studies, and Transnational Studies.