The Institute for Comparative Studies in Literature, Art and Culture (ICSLAC) is a haven for intellectually rebellious researchers, a home for those who seek independence as well as a sense of belonging.

ICSLAC is a vibrant teaching and learning environment where research transcends conventional boundaries, and where interdisciplinary ideas and new dimensions of thought open up. It’s a place where we proudly nurture research projects that might be impossible elsewhere.

Our academic programs attract graduate students who seek the freedom to define and redefine their objects of study; the freedom to draw, redraw or erase boundaries among disciplines; and the freedom to put together eclectic committees that support and enhance one-of-a-kind projects.

Our research areas include:

  • cultural theory
  • memory studies
  • Indigenous studies
  • digital culture
  • transnational studies
  • gender studies
  • critical museology

We are driven by the desire to make more connections possible. Starting from a place of deep disciplinary knowledge and theoretical rigour, we set the stage for productive academic discomfort. Inside and outside the classroom, we create an intellectual community that leads to greater engagement and understanding.

NOTICE: As of Monday December 20, 2021, the Institute for Comparative Studies in Literature, Art and Culture will be operating remotely until January 31, 2022. Hours of operations are Monday-to-Friday, 8:30-12 and 1-4:30 pm until December 23, 2021 at which point Carleton University will be closed until January 5, 2022. Virtual appointments with either the Administrator, Director or programs Supervisor can be arranged by email (24-hour notice) through Carleton University operations will be shut down

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Photo Credit: Photographer Chris Roussakis. Cara Tierney, Ph.D student in Cultural Mediations. Exhibit: TRANSACTIONS