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Cultural Studies at Trent

Cultural Studies has taken on a very particular form at Trent. First of all, the practice of cultural production is taken very seriously. There are many opportunities to take workshop courses in the visual arts, theatre, music, film and video production, and creative writing. Our students not only study the works of challenging artists; they also actively engage in creating culture themselves.

The Department also distinguishes itself in that it features a wide variety of approaches to cultural theory. This means that we ask difficult questions about what culture in its various forms is and how culture functions: What is a medium? How does narrative work?

We also examine the relation between the products of culture and the social, political, and subjective contexts in which they take shape. At the same time we take account of the aesthetic specificities of art practices. How do we formulate the relation between creativity and society? Does culture reflect or produce the society we live in?