Ideas and actions

Welcome to the Faculty of Arts, a dynamic community of students, faculty and staff working in and across the humanities, social sciences and creative arts. Our ideas and actions are propelled by curiosity, creativity, and a deep commitment to contribute to a better world.

The Faculty of Arts acknowledges that we live and work on the traditional territory of ‎the Neutral, Anishinaabeg, and Haudenosaunee peoples. The University of Waterloo is situated on the Haldimand Tract, the land promised to the Six Nations that includes ten kilometres on each side of the Grand River. Learn more about territorial acknowledgement.


  1. July 23, 2019Multi-million-dollar medievalists: interdisciplinary project digs into climate and culture of late Middle Ages
    Herstmonceux medieval castle

    Professor of medieval history Steven Bednarski leads a seven-year, $2.5 millon SSHRC Partnership-funded project with an interdisciplinary team of 30 Waterloo experts and numerous external partners, including Queen's University's Bader International Study Centre (BISC) at Herstmonceux Castle.

  2. July 2, 2019Understanding new ways to communicate science online
     Abstract bubbles and web

    Professor Ashley Rose Mehlenbacher studies how science communication online enables scientists and citizens to engage in new and accessible ways.

  3. June 28, 2019GBDA Students win funding for social venture to reduce reliance on plastics
    The winning team of students

    A team of Global Business and Digital Arts students developed Virtuous Waste, an alternative to plastic packaging made of seaweed. Their winning solution at World Vision Social Innovation Challenge will receive $25,000 in funding.

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  1. June 16 to Aug. 13, 2019Get Started: SSHRC Grant Writing Sessions
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  2. July 24, 2019Making Media Theory: Critical Media Lab showcase
    logo for Critical Media Lab

    The students of English 799: Making Media Theory are pleased to present the results of their course-based work at the Communitech Hub. These hacked-together, interactive projects reflect on complex theories such as brainwave storytelling, conductive upcyclying, technosexuality, automated genocide, dirty media, digital devolution, and the value of uselessness.

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