The Research Institute for Culture and Language fosters research and/or research-based and workshop-led outputs and activities across divisional and disciplinary boundaries. The Institute promotes and engages with interpretative (or hermeneutic), historical, social and political research as well as theoretical works in the Arts and allied disciplines.
The major areas of study in the Institute generally include philosophy, arts and humanities, sociology, social history, politics, anthropology, culture and literature. The RICL highlights, interprets and often tries to interrogate current theoretical frames and contemporary social conditions through research and creative production. The RICL newest initiatives and directions are in the fields of literary practice and language studies
The Research Institute for Culture and Language (RICL) of the Office of the Vice President for Research, Extension, Planning and Development had gone through a lot of changes since its inception in 1986. These changes certainly contributed to the blossoming of an Institute that accentuates the importance of theoretical, philosophical and analytical reading of history, culture, arts, society and politics.
The Institute was built, cultivated and developed by the people whose intellectual contributions to the ever-expanding body of knowledge in the fields of philosophy, history, sociology, literature, aesthetics, anthropology, culture and politics are undeniably important.
The Research Institute is far from what it is today without the efforts of intellectual and literary giants who steered the Institute at various moments of its history. People like Dr. Nemesio E. Prudente (President Emeritus of the University/Founding Director of the defunct ISH), Prof. Domingo C. De Guzman (Palanca Laureate/Long-time Director), Prof. Virgilio A. Rivas (distinguished Filipino philosopher and writer/Former Director) and other personalities whose contributions to the growth of the Research Institute were securely etched in its history.
The Research Institute will continuously maintain its course. To veer away from the original objectives of its establishment would never happen. RICL shall continue to deliver academic and research services to its clientele through seminars, lectures, research capability building activities, research production and dissemination, journal publication, academic networking, and others. It shall continue to motivate the students, researchers and faculty members to participate in intellectual discourses relating to various disciplines that the Institute endeavours to explore.
Should there be any help that the RICL can provide, feel free to contact the management of the Institute and we are willing to serve you.
Joseph Reylan VirayDirector
The Center fosters researches and workshop-led activities in Philippine Studies emphasizing interdisciplinarity approach.
This Center fosters researches and workshop-led activities in creative works, such as writing, literary criticism, visual and performing arts, film and film criticism; also critical thinking, and theoretical seminars in upgrading conceptual tools for enhancing creative and research craft.
This Center fosters research in philosophical aesthetic and/or theoretical and methodological experimentations on various approaches on themes, issues and topics across the disciplines of philosophy and humanities.
This Center fosters research, workshops, and other activities which promote translation and translation studies.
The Center shall:
This Center shall be the venue for the newest initiatives and directions of ICLS - the literary and language studies.
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