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Research Centres

Directed by English faculty members, these centres aim to expand knowledge through interdisciplinary projects, preservation of artifacts, research and analysis.

Research Centres


Housed in the Faculty of Arts Graduate Centre on the third floor at 111 Gerrard Street East in downtown Toronto, Modern Literature and Culture Research Centre is dedicated to the research and preservation of early twentieth-century literary documents, images, and artifacts. The 1400 square-feet MLC Research Center houses a library and archive, a display and exhibit space, a digital imaging workstation, a microfilm unit, and workstations for research associates, postdoctoral fellows, and students.

The Director and Canada Research Chair in Modern Literature and Culture, Dr. Gammel, conceived of the MLC Center as a new way of conducting literary and cultural research by cultivating a vibrant team-spirit. The versatility of the space echoes the Ryerson mandate, which encourages the forging of interdisciplinary connections. We foster linkages with national and international research partners, as well as with Ryerson faculty across several disciplines. Students in the MLC Research Center conduct research on their theses under the supervision of Dr. Gammel, and many also work as research assistants and as interns. By involving students from Communication and Culture, English, Fashion Design, Image Arts, and Photo Restoration, we contribute to the generation of highly trained personnel in Canada.

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The Centre for Digital Humanities (CDH) engages in collaborative research at the critical intersection of the material and the digital, contributing to scholarly and societal knowledge about cultural objects, makers, and users. Through the iterative process of designing online environments for the preservation, visualization, and analysis of cultural texts and histories, CDH projects investigate the ways in which digital mediation fosters new ways of critical thinking through making.

The CDH sustains a dynamic synergy between research and teaching by involving students in digital projects in the classroom and by training future researchers in digital humanities theory and practice. We are committed to public engagement through open access electronic publishing and interactive processes rooted in innovative knowledge mobilization in a global community. The CDH welcomes Ryerson-based proposals for interdisciplinary projects in the digital humanities and is able to provide limited assistance in project development and training.

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Children's Literature Archive

The Children's Literature Archive at Ryerson University came to be thanks to an initial donation of several hundred books in the summer of 2009. It now contains over 1500 texts for children written primarily between the late nineteenth century and the mid-twentieth century, the cataloguing of which has recently been completed.

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