The Research Institute for Culture and Language formerly known as the Institute of Social History (ISH) was originally established in 1986 by PUP President Emeritus Dr. Nemesio E. Prudente who also served as its founding director. In 1989, the directorship of the Institute was transferred to Prof. Domingo Castro De Guzman, a Palanca laureate and a faculty member teaching philosophy and literature in the now defunct College of Arts and Sciences. De Guzmanâ€™s directorship ended with the retirement of Dr. Prudente.
After Dr. Prudenteâ€™s term, the Institute was put on hold. It was revived three years after when Dr. Dante G. Guevarra assumed the presidency of the University in 2005. ISH was then merged with the Research Institute for Politics and Economics or RIPE. The combined Institutes ended operation in 2012, paving the way for a new Institute with a much broader but well-defined scope, the Institute for Cultural Studies. From 2012 to October 2016, the Institute was supervised and headed by Prof. Virgilio A. Rivas of the College of Arts and Letters. Associate Prof. Joseph Reylan Viray, also a faculty member of the College of Arts and Letters, serves as Director of the Institute. it was renamed into Institute for Culture and Language Studies (ICLS) during the latter period of the administration of the University President Dr. Emanuel C. de Guzman.
When Dr. Manuel M. Muhi became president of the University, the Institute was again renamed as the Research Institute for Culture and Language (RICL). RICL is the current name of the Institute and Associate Prof. Viray remains its director.
Under the RICL wings are five research centers: Center for Humanities and Philosophy, Center for Philippine Studies, Center for Creative Writing, Center for Language and Literature, and Center for Translation.
The Institute 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.
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