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The Research Unit (RU) is founded on the premise that research in literature and language will figure differently in the university and society of the twenty-first century—that besides making educated persons, these disciplines address some of the most pressing collective questions of the time.

The RU currently embodies the collective work of over a hundred scholars—faculty and graduate students in our five departments and beyond.  Our five Focal Groups – Humanities Education, Philosophy & Literature, Renaissances, The Contemporary, Workshop in Poetics, Persian, Arabic, Turkish, Hebrew – are conceived as portals that open from the Division outward to wider communities of literary and humanities scholars.  The RU also funds research groups in three categories - curriculum development, collaborative projects, and digital humanities - and sponsors nearly one hundred events every year.  Colleagues and graduate students from Bay Area institutions are welcome to join.

In addition to funding research, the RU houses Mantis, a Journal of Poetry, and Criticism & Translation.

The Research Unit is affiliated with Stanford's International Initiative.


TBD, Research Unit Program Officer
450 Serra Mall, Bldg. 260
Pigott Hall, Rm. 118
Stanford, CA 94305-2005
(650) 725 8620
Pangloss, the unit's newsletter
(650) 724 1333


Stanford CMEMS is a multidisciplinary community working together to produce new perspectives on medieval and early modern studies.




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