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A collaborative research space housed in the Faculty of Arts at Ryerson University


The Arts Research Collaboratory facilitates innovative interdisciplinary research in the humanities and social sciences, bringing together Ryerson Arts faculty as Fellows to form a team of member researchers. Collaboration within the ARC and with external consortia transcends disciplinary boundaries, enabling multidimensional research into selected critical themes.


Research Theme: 2015-2018

Research conducted in the Arts Research Collaboratory is loosely united by a thematic focus on embodiment and mobility. Using interdisciplinary analytical frameworks, the Fellows of the ARC investigate cultural artifacts, linguistics, and media as diverse points of entry into issues of cognition, physicality, identity, cultural circulation, and processes of meaning-making. 

Inquiries into embodied mobility are rich and varied. How do various forms of human interaction embody innate cognitive structures? How do presumably disembodied historical documents enable the exploration of daily public life? How can we investigate "the documentary self"? How does the positioning of subcultures within mainstream discourses embody the sociopolitical experience of life within those subcultural spheres?


Art Blake

Associate Professor, Department of History

Jason Boyd

Co-Director, Ryerson Centre for Digital Humanities
Associate Professor, Department of English

Paul Moore

Ryerson Graduate Director, Ryerson University-York University Communications & Cultures
Associate Professor, Department of Sociology

Jamin Pelkey

Assistant Professor, Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures

Stephanie Walsh Matthews

Program Director, Arts and Contemporary Studies
Associate Professor, Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures

Fellow Research Projects


Stephanie Walsh Matthews

Drs. Stephanie Walsh Matthews and Jamin Pelkey use human-robot interactions to investigate the speech patterns of children with ASD.

The Sunday Paper

Paul Moore

Dr. Paul Moore examines newspaper weekend editions from 1888-1922, exploring how the publications embodied leisure on a mass scale across the Canada-U.S. border.

Texting Wilde

Jason Boyd

Dr. Jason Boyd's digital humanities research works to consolidate and analyze digitized texts related to the life and works of writer Oscar Wilde (1864-1900).

Circuits of Cinema

Paul Moore

In this research, Paul Moore works with Sebastien Caquard to combine the fields of Media Archaeology and Digital Humanities, connecting film showmanship to communication history by mapping the structures of early cinema’s continental circulation.

Project Xai

Jamin Pelkey

Jamin Pelkey and Stephanie Walsh Matthews explore issues of cognition, culture, linguistics, chiasmus, and phenomenology in their approach to creating a grammar of embodied symmetry.

ARC Research Affiliations

Third Time's a Charm:   Congress 2017

A Rehearsal Space for First-Time Presenters

The Fellows of the Ryerson Arts Research Collaboratory invite all first-time presenters to prepare for lectures in the ARC throughout the first 5 days of Congress 2017.

Ryerson University Arts Research Collaboratory

350 Victoria St.
May 27-31

Presentation workshops will be hosted between 10am and 12pm, Saturday May 27 through Wednesday May 31. 

Researchers are invited to work quietly in the space until 2pm.

Coffee and light snacks will be provided for first-time presenters in attendance.

Please contact Ali Aird at with inquiries.