Taft Research Groups
The Taft Research Center sponsors interdisciplinary research groups open to Taft and non-Taft faculty, graduate students, and advanced undergraduate students across the University of Cincinnati. Current research groups include Global Studies, Human Rights Studies, Medical Humanities Studies, Urban Studies, and Visual Studies. Taft faculty may also form more groups under interdisciplinary foci of interest after consulting with the Center. Interdisciplinary research groups may organize ongoing readings, discussions, curricular initiatives, grant writing activities, visiting lectures, and public fora at the University of Cincinnati, with the aim of fostering interdepartmental and intercollegiate collaboration and external grant opportunities
The Global Humanities Research Group explores the many dimensions of economic, political and cultural globalization as exemplified in myriad localities.
Human Rights Studies
Drawing on insights from legal studies, political theory, history, literary studies, and other disciplines, the Human Rights and Humanities Study Group will address the intersections of humanities, human rights, and intellectual debates about humanism and posthumanism.
The Medical Humanities Study Group will examine the import of the humanities disciplines for medical research and practice.
Building on the UC|21 mission, the historical role of the University of Cincinnati as an urban institution, and the engaged nature of public humanities, the Urban Humanities Study Group will explore the vital contribution of humanities disciplines and scholars for understanding urban issues and solving urban problems.
The Visual Studies Research Group explores visual culture across media, including film and video, fashion, television, video games, theater, photography, painting, sculpture, and architecture.