The Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture is an interdisciplinary research center and intellectual community at the University of Virginia committed to understanding contemporary cultural change and its individual and social consequences, training young scholars, and providing intellectual leadership in service to the public good.
Founded by James Davison Hunter, the Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture began in 1995 at the University of Virginia as a research initiative called “The Postmodernity Project”. At that time, there were no full-time employees, only one doctoral fellow, and support for a small colloquium series. Today, the Institute has a professional staff, a permanent faculty, senior fellows in residence, research scholars, an international network of alumni, and over fifty doctoral, postdoctoral, and faculty fellows advancing scholarship that probes the deep structures of contemporary culture.
Through its groundbreaking research and training of the next generation of scholars, the Institute seeks to counter the fragmented state of current scholarship. It also seeks to counter the gap that currently exists between the academy and the rest of the world. Committed to the idea that knowledge exists for the common good, the Institute seeks to make its work accessible and available to as wide an audience as possible through its public events, its publications—including its award-winning journal The Hedgehog Review, books, articles, survey reports, and this website—and the lectures and talks given by its fellows. For more information, please visit the Institute’s website.