About the Interdisciplinary Centre for Culture and Creativity

Founded in 2009 in the College of Arts & Science, and anchored in the Humanities and Fine Arts, the ICCC fosters interdisciplinary programming, research, and artistic activities. The ICCC brings together faculty to exchange and build upon their collective knowledge, and to engage students through unique interdisciplinary programming and scholarship at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

The ICCC seeks to inspire and facilitate intellectual and artistic creativity among faculty so as to create new scholarship and programs that otherwise could not thrive.

By connecting academic innovation, creative research and artistic work, and student mentorship and training with areas of defined and emerging strengths, the ICCC provides new opportunities for meaningful partnerships, interdisciplinary collaborations, and community-building. We welcome visiting scholars and artists who share a commitment to transformative connections.

Among its objectives the ICCC:

  • serves as a catalyst for humanities and fine arts faculty engaging in the most creative forms of innovative scholarship
  • encourages graduate and undergraduate programming across departmental boundaries
  • increases the potential for research collaboration and funding success
  • improves the University's capacity to connect with external partners
  • attracts and sustains students, visiting scholars and artists, and faculty

Interdisciplinary Research, Teaching, and Creative Work

The ICCC invites and sustains innovative, timely research projects. It supports the development of inspiring courses and programs. It welcomes visiting scholars and artists who share a commitment to transformative connections.

Interdisciplinarity suggests establishing connections across, or the hybridization of techniques, tools, or theories from, different disciplines in order to advance understanding beyond the scope of a single discipline. It can also suggest creating “undisciplined” spaces between disciplines, or working to transcend disciplinary boundaries altogether. Interdisciplinary approaches take on issues, problems, or creative projects that cannot be adequately addressed within a single discipline, or even multi disciplines.

Culture and Community

The ICCC recognizes that universities do not have a monopoly on knowledge creation. We are committed to reaching out to build and sustain partnerships beyond the academy, and to supporting faculty who are engaged in such partnerships.