Upholding and propelling the cross-disciplinary work done within Cultures and Texts are a group of Centers, Institutes, Initiatives and Research Groups whose combined focus covers the breadth of UB’s exciting research. All participants are drawn from UB faculty and staff, as well as both undergraduate and graduate students. Together, they contribute to both the rich intellectual community at UB and the greater WNY community.
The UB Center for Disability Studies (CDS) is a recent product of the singular cooperation between the UB College of Arts and Sciences and People Inc., a regional service provider to people with disabilities in the Western New York area. Eager to encourage both academic research and community education, People Inc. proposed the idea of a Center that would bring together its resources and those of the University at Buffalo, the most comprehensive university in the State University of New York system. An agreement creating CDS as a three-year project was signed in October, 2009.
The Center for the Study of Psychoanalysis and Culture (CSPC) is a trans-disciplinary center - or faculty of eccentric actors - housed within the University at Buffalo English Department and supported by the department in conjunction with the Dean's Office of the College of Arts and Sciences. The Center is devoted to preserving and developing the radical dimension of the Freudian discovery.
The Digital Humanities Initiative at Buffalo (DHiB) functions as an applied think-tank for the humanities and related areas. It is designed to serve as an intellectual hub for scholars involved in innovative research and instruction at the intersection of the humanities, computing, and other emerging digital technologies and to provide an environment in which faculty are encouraged to experiment and develop digital solutions to challenges in research and instruction, or to experiment with digital technologies that may lead to new applications and project challenges.
IEMA coordinates, facilitates, and promotes the research and teaching activities of faculty and students at the University Buffalo concerned with the archeological investigation of Europe and the Mediterranean region.
Inaugurated in 2008, the Institute of Jewish Thought and Heritage is a multidisciplinary research and academic degree-granting program focused on teaching and scholarship related to the contributions of the Jewish tradition in the development of Western civilization. Highly interdisciplinary, the mission of the Institute is to foster knowledge, inquiry and scholarly excellence to better understand Judaism.
UB’s Humanities Institute (HI) has become a powerhouse of intellectual energy and interdisciplinary collaboration. With a wide array of internationally recognized fellowships, lecture series, interdisciplinary workshops, and conferences, it has formed lively alliances with the major cultural institutions and school systems of Western New York. The Institute offers many lectures, events, workshops, and conferences on a regular basis.