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Ryerson University is a hub for research, with a range of on-going disciplinary and interdisciplinary or transdisciplinary activity. The following is a list of some of the research centres, chairs, and labs with which ComCult faculty and graduate students are and have been affiliated.

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Centre for Digital Humanities

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.

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Centre for Studies in Food Security

Established at Ryerson University in 1994, the Centre for Studies in Food Security (CSFS) has been working to promote food security through research, dissemination, education, community action and professional practice.

We take an interdisciplinary and systemic approach to the social justice, environmental sustainability, health and socio-cultural aspects of food security.

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Edge Lab

The Experiential Design and Gaming Environments (EDGE) Lab is a trans-disciplinary research lab devoted to researching learning, play and social innovation with an emphasis on autonomy and user-initiated design in the context of lived experience. As a unique facility in Canada, comparable to a select few labs world-wide, EDGE lab leverages the insights of local, national and international researchers from social science, humanities, engineering, and digital technology for applied projects with institutional, community and industry partners.

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Inclusive Media and Design Centre

Established in 1994, the Inclusive Media and Design Centre designs, creates, and evaluates inclusive media and technology. Many of our projects focus on inclusivity in technologies for the blind and low-vision and deaf and hard of hearing individuals.

We currently employ ten undergraduate students, four master’s students, three PhD candidates, one post-doctoral fellow and three full time staff in our facility. We are located in the heart of downtown Toronto in the Ted Rogers School of Management building on 55 Dundas Street West.

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Infoscape Research Lab

The Infoscape Research Lab hosts research projects that focus on the cultural and political impact of digital code, particularly with regards to social media. The lab develops software based research tools, interface designs, and experimental research methods that seek to analyze content and use of new media platforms.

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Media Studies Working Group

Largely under the direction of ComCult prof Murray Pomerance, the MSWG has edited a range of monographs on sociological and film studies subjects, most recently including the Screen Decades and Star Decades series (Rutgers UP) and the Horizons of Cinema series (SUNY). The MSWG has also hosted or co-hosted a range of researchers and scholars, including Mark Crispin Miller, William Rothman, André Gaudreault, Vivian Sobchack, and Henry A. Giroux.

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Modern Literature & Culture Research Centre

Our mandate is to research the literary and cultural production in the modernist era (from 1880 to 1940), to preserve and advance modernist women’s heritage and to promote modern Canadian heritage within an international context, and to advance our studies and outreach through digital culture innovations.

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Ryerson Image Centre (RIC)

The RIC is an international centre of excellence at Ryerson University, dedicated to the public exhibition, research, study and teaching of photography and related disciplines, including new media, installation art and film.

The Research Centre is a fully-staffed professional research centre, housing the Black Star and other collections in a museum-quality climate-controlled environment. Students, academics, curators, and others are welcome to access the Research Centre and the collections within, by appointment.

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Ryerson University Archives + Special Collections

The archives, located in the library (LIB) building, feature a number of materials of interest to historians and researchers of the local area and the broader region in general. Special collections include the Kodak Canada Corporate Archives and Heritage Collection, the Heritage Camera Collection, Leniniana, and other donated collections of print, film, and photographic materials.

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An up-to-date list of these and other research centres, chairs, and labs may be found on the Faculty of Communication and Design’s Scholarly Research & Creative Activity site, as well as on the Faculty of Arts’ Research & Innovation site.