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Fostering Interdisciplinary Excellence: Research Groups at the Faculty of Humanities, Universitas Airlangga

At the Faculty of Humanities, Universitas Airlangga, the pursuit of knowledge transcends traditional boundaries. Our commitment to interdisciplinary research has led to the formation of dynamic research groups, each dedicated to exploring a wide array of themes and subjects. These groups, founded in 2020, serve as vibrant hubs of intellectual exchange and innovation, bringing together experts from various fields to tackle the most pressing issues of our times.

The formation of these research groups is distinct in that it began with a focus on material objects and evolving societal concerns, rather than adhering to conventional scientific categories such as Linguistics, Literary Sciences, Philology, Historical Sciences, or Cultural Studies. This pioneering approach has enabled us to be at the forefront of tackling complex, real-world challenges with a multifaceted perspective.

Let’s explore the diverse research groups that are driving the intellectual endeavors at the Faculty of Humanities:

1. Language, Media, and Technology
– This group delves into the ever-evolving relationship between language, media, and technology. As the digital age reshapes the way we communicate and express ourselves, our experts are at the forefront of understanding this transformative landscape.

2. Culture and Creative Industries
– With the creative industry playing a pivotal role in the global economy, this group is dedicated to exploring the intersection of culture and creativity. How do cultural elements fuel innovation and drive economic growth? Our scholars are committed to finding answers.

3. Gender
– Gender equality and women’s empowerment are central to our academic and societal mission. Our research group delves into the complex issues surrounding gender, offering fresh perspectives and innovative solutions.

4. Borders, Mobility, and Regional Connectivity
– In an increasingly interconnected world, borders and regional dynamics play a significant role in shaping our lives. This group investigates the intricacies of mobility, connectivity, and border studies to foster a deeper understanding of these issues.

5. Religion, Multiculturalism, and Globalization
– The interplay between religion, multiculturalism, and globalization is a topic of paramount importance. Our scholars explore the ways in which diverse cultures and religions interact on the global stage.

6. Contemporary Literature
– Literature has always been a mirror reflecting the complexities of our society. This group analyzes contemporary literature to uncover the myriad narratives and voices that shape our world today.

7. Urban
– As the world continues to urbanize, understanding the dynamics of urban spaces is crucial. Our urban research group investigates the challenges and opportunities presented by the rapid growth of cities.

8. Local Traditions and Texts
– Our cultural heritage is a treasure trove of knowledge and wisdom. This group is dedicated to preserving and understanding local traditions and texts, ensuring that the rich tapestry of our past remains accessible for future generations.

While each of these research groups operates independently, they are deeply interconnected. This synergy is crucial because cultural elements do not exist in isolation; they are part of a broader ecosystem. As the renowned scholar Stuart Hall aptly puts it, this interconnection forms the “Circuit of Culture.”

The Faculty of Humanities is proud to be a driving force in this holistic approach to research. We believe that the solutions to complex global challenges emerge when we break down barriers and work collaboratively across disciplines.

As we move forward, these research groups will continue to explore, innovate, and redefine the boundaries of knowledge. Our commitment to interdisciplinary research ensures that we remain at the cutting edge of academic excellence, contributing to the betterment of society and the world. Join us in this exciting journey of exploration and discovery. Together, we can make a real impact and forge a brighter future for all.

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