The Institute for the Study of Culture and Society (ICS) supports research and creative work in traditional disciplines within the humanities, arts, and social sciences; in established interdisciplines (e.g., women's studies, cultural studies, environmental studies); and in newly emerging fields of inquiry (e.g., biopolitics, posthumanities, new media studies).
ICS aims to promote engaged, diverse, and productive intellectual communities by sponsoring small research groups on a variety of topics, an annual lecture series, presentations by faculty research fellows, as well as workshops, conferences, and symposia.
ICS was established in 1996 expressly to support research and creative work in areas where external funding is likely to be limited. We are unable to support projects of a purely scientific, technological, or quantitative nature; projects that involve curriculum development without resulting in significant publication of some kind; or projects from scholars external to Bowling Green State University.
ICS is a member of the Consortium of Humanities Centers and Institutes (CHCI).
About ICS Staff
Ellen E. Berry is a Professor in the School of Cultural and Critical Studies at BGSU. She is author of Curved Thought and Textual Wandering: Gertrude Stein’s Postmodernism, Transcultural Experiments: Russian and American Models of Creative Communication, and, most recently, The Horrors of Power: Negative Aesthetics as Feminist Critique in Contemporary Women’s Writing. Among her seven edited books are Sex Positives? The Cultural Politics of Dissident Sexualities, Bodies of Writing, Bodies in Performance, Re-Entering the Sign, and Postcommunism and the Body Politic. She is founding co-editor of the journal, Rhizomes: Cultural Studies in Emerging Knowledge, www.rhizomes.net.
Tori Arthur is a doctoral student in the American Culture Studies program on the Critical Studies in Media, Film, and Culture track in the School of Cultural and Critical Studies at BGSU. She is currently researching post-colonial African cinema, particularly the Nigerian film industry known as Nollywood. Her future work will explore the history of Nollywood cinema and the effects of globalization/westernization on Nollywood film production.
Assistant for Rhizomes
Clare Lemke is a doctoral student in the American Culture Studies program on the Ethnicity, Gender, and Social Identities track in the School of Cultural and Critical Studies at BGSU. Her research interests include Third wave feminism; queer subcultures and literature; cultural and historical shifts in U.S. based feminisms; with a special interest in queer or non-normative femininities.