About Us

Founded in 1952, Emory's Graduate Institute of the Liberal Arts (ILA) was one of the first interdisciplinary Ph.D. programs in the United States. Today, the ILA provides a unique, intellectual environment for the pursuit of research projects that cut across conventional academic boundaries. The Institute has a tradition of fostering emergent fields of study and has encouraged the practice of new modes of inquiry at Emory and beyond. It provides a challenging space for both faculty and students to pursue theoretically sophisticated and methodologically innovative studies of history, culture and society.

Spotlights & Events

Our new interdisciplinary studies major Bethany Studnicky’s web project is a must see! You can take a look at http://www.bstudart.com.

Based on his previous work at Emory on Kanye West, Fahamu Pecou was recently interviewed by USA TODAY and asked to speak on the notion of "code-switching". Code-switching is the concept that Black people (in particular) try to sound or act "white” in order to be accepted or to “pass” in society. Interestingly enough, the article and society-at-large assumes that Kanye is code switching by using a "white voice" in his most recent interviews and appearances... however, Fahamu actually argue that the hip-hop persona of Kanye is more "the switch" than this voice they refer to. In other words, the rapper persona of Kanye West is less authentic than the so-called “white voice. You can check out the piece here.