Interdisciplinary Strategic Research Themes
NTU’s School of Humanities (SoH) promotes new interdisciplinary research and education programmes based upon the School’s comparative strengths, and leading-edge research trends in the international academe. Our five strategic research clusters are as follows:
Humanities research cluster in the School of Humanities brings together a wide range of scholars whose
research breaks down barriers between the human and nonhuman worlds.
Researchers based in eco-linguistics, environmental anthropology, environmental
history, environmental literature, and environmental philosophy, among other
sub-disciplines, exchange findings revealing the environment’s impact on human
activity and thought, and vice versa. This highly interdisciplinary scholarship
often incorporates insights not only from other fields in the humanities and
social sciences, but also from ecology, biology, and other hard sciences.
The Medical Humanities research cluster is a
vibrant interdisciplinary research cluster that focuses on the literary,
linguistic, social, cultural, historical, and philosophical dimensions of
health and sickness. We promote the contributions of the humanities to
healthcare, medical practice, and the wider community and foster international
collaboration among medical humanities scholars to address healthcare issues of
urgent concern in South East Asia and beyond. We seek to expand our network
across a wide range of disciplines and welcome applications for PhD research on
topics related to health, culture, and society.
Interlingual and Intercultural Studies
forms of talk, communication and culture from the point of view of interactions
between languages and cultures. Members of this research cluster explore
together synergies among linguistics, literature, history and translation.
Southeast Asian Studies
cluster focuses on the dynamic and fluid exchanges and networks which extend
across the Southeast Asian region. Members represent a diversity of disciplines
not limited to archaeology, art history, cultural studies, geography, history,
international relations, and literary studies. Through shared themes which will
be used to facilitate collaborative research and writing, and conversations,
the cluster aims to bring together academics to contribute to new innovative
ways of examining the region.
The Gender Studies research cluster taps into the breadth of cross-programme disciplines
within the School of Humanities and the School of Social Sciences to establish
gender and sexuality as fundamental categories of social and cultural analysis
towards studying the diversity of human experience. Drawing on history,
literature, language, psychology, philosophy, cultural studies and sociology,
this cluster addresses the intersections of gender, sexuality with other
dimensions of identity formation, such as class, race, ethnicity, age,
nationality and transnational movement.