Affiliated Institutes, Centers, and Programs

USC-Huntington Institute on California and the West (ICW)

Now celebrating its first ten years of work, the Huntington-USC Institute on California and the West (ICW) is a center for scholarly investigation of the history and culture of California and the American West. Through sponsorship of innovative scholarship and research, ICW draws on the resources of the University of Southern California and The Huntington Library to build an innovative and unique collaboration between a research university and a research library.

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USC-Huntington Early Modern Studies Institute (EMSI)

The USC-Huntington Early Modern Studies Institute (EMSI) supports advanced research and scholarship on human societies between 1450 and 1850.  The Institute’s range is global.  Unlike existing centers that focus on particular regions, EMSI aims to advance knowledge of the diverse societies in and around the Atlantic and Pacific basins. 

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USC-Max Kade Institute for Austrian, German and Swiss Studies

The USC-Max Kade Institute is the home of USC's German and European Studies Program. Its areas of emphases include: Exile Studies; Cold War Studies; German History, Film and Aesthetics; Contemporary German and European Affairs, and the Built Environment: Ecology and Technology.

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Project for Premodern Japan Studies (PPJS)

The Project for Premodern Japan Studies of the USC College was established in 2003 to nurture and coordinate the study of premodern Japan at USC. Under Director Joan R. Piggott, Gordon L. MacDonald Professor of History, the mission of the Project is to build a premier program and a thriving community of scholars working in the premodern Japan field at USC. The priorities of the Project include the recruitment of leading faculty and graduate students in the field to multiple disciplines across the university. The Project serves as a center for the organization of the Summer Kambun Workshop; the development of a world-class premodern Japan research collection in USC’s East Asian Library; the coordination of a vibrant Visitor Series that includes speakers, workshops, and conferences; and a new Monograph Series under the USC College East Asia Studies Center imprint. Through the Graduate College and History Department the Project also provides fellowships for graduate study in premodern Japanese History.

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USC Summer Kambun Workshop

The USC Summer Kambun Workshop is an intensive language training program in reading and translating premodern texts written in Sino-Japanese (Kambun). The Workshop brings together graduate students, young faculty, and other scholars from the U.S. and abroad for full-day, collaborative sessions led by faculty specialists from Japan and the U.S. The language of the Workshop is Japanese, and each Workshop focuses on its own theme or historical period. Participants learn to read Sino-Japanese materials with greater fluency; to develop their research and bibliographical skills; and to grow acquainted with peers in the field of premodern Japanese historical studies.

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Los Angeles Institute for the Humanities (LAIH)

The Los Angeles Institute for the Humanities was founded in 1998 to create an intellectual center for our city by bringing together academics and writers, musicians and dancers, curators and critics, journalists and poets. The Institute's broad purpose is to stimulate a cross-disciplinary exchange of ideas. The bimonthly lunches for fellows explore many of the social, scientific and cultural ideas of the day with a greater variety of experience and intellectual outlook gathered in one room than any given Fellow is likely to experience in the course of his or her daily life.

The Institute aims to be international, urban and inclusive in its outlook, avoiding viewpoints predictably to the right or left. It seeks to integrate intellectual life with the active civic life of the city, as well as to reflect the diversity that is so palpably a hallmark of Southern California as it continues through the twenty-first century.

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Visual Studies Research Institute (VSRI)

Funded through Dornsife College’s 20/20 Program, an initiative established to encourage faculty to work across existing departments and programs to identify research problems of great social relevance and importance in the years to come and building on the success of the Visual Studies Graduate Certificate, the Visual Studies Research Institute focuses on the nature, analysis and evaluation of visual evidence in order to interrogate the relationship of seeing, believing, and proving from Antiquity to the present.

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  • Los Angeles, CA
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