The Department of History participates in a number of research centres and institutes. These research hubs are either directly housed by the department or have strong ties to the department through research working groups. Explore the centres and institutes listed below to see whether your areas of interests overlap with these centres, programs, or institutes.
- Carleton Centre for Public History
The Carleton Centre for Public History is a Carleton University Research Centre which promotes research in public history. It has members from disciplines across the University including History, Canadian Studies, Communications, Business, and Art History. Managed by two co-Directors and a small Board of Management, the Centre has research associates working on a variety of projects related to museums, archives, cultural policy, oral history, visual culture, photography and public memory. The Centre has attracted a wide range of external funding, and was a partner in a $1,000,000 CURA grant to study “Canadians and their Pasts.” The CCPH benefits from a long-standing involvement of Carleton faculty and students in many areas of public history as consultants and researchers for government departments, museums, galleries, archives and local history organisations.
Director: David Dean and James Opp
- The Institute of African Studies
The Institute of African Studies builds on Carleton’s long history of expertise on Africa amongst its faculty and graduate students by pulling together the growing number of faculty members and experts in the Ottawa-Gatineau region to provide fresh insight into current and historical dynamics of Africa – from the slave trade that reshaped the continent and the Atlantic world to the richly textured and innovative religious practices and livelihood strategies, from conflicts, refugees, and peace-building efforts to the production and reception of world-renowned and locally-consumed literatures, music and film.
Carleton is the only Canadian university to have a stand-alone Institute of African Studies which also offers a degree program. It provides Combined Honours and Minor programs in African Studies, organizes public events and activities concerning the continent and the African diaspora, and highlights and brings together the ongoing research conducted by its faculty and students.
- FASS Research Centre for American Studies (FCAS)
The FASS Research Centre for American Studies (FCAS) provides a research home for those at Carleton working from different disciplines toward a better understanding of the culture, politics, history, and identity of the United States. Much of Carleton’s American research and teaching is currently guided toward policy and Canadian-American relations. As valuable as this has been for the enrichment of Carleton’s community (and Ottawa’s public and policy sphere), this Centre broadens Carleton’s engagement with the complexity and diversity of the United States in its own right by providing expertise, a wider and longer perspective, and up to the moment scholarship by specialists in the US field.
- The Institute of Political Economy
Established in 1989, The IPE developed out of the Graduate Summer School of Political Economy, which was formed in 1983. The summer school was built on the strong tradition of interdisciplinary studies at Carleton, and on the interests of numerous faculty at Carleton involved in political economy. Distinguished international scholars have been attracted to teach in the summer school. Through the Institute, these distinguished visitors will now be in residence during the normal academic year, in addition to the summer program.