The Shirley and Leslie Porter School of Cultural Studies serves as a framework for doctoral programs, research, and academic activities in the various fields of cultural studies.


The School supports multiple workshops and scientific conventions, and assists research students with various scholarships.


The School incorporates the research activities of the following departments: English and American Studies, Arabic, French, Classical Studies, Literature, Gender, Sociology, the Cultural Studies Program, and the Youth Culture Studies Program.


M.A. Programs

The School serves as a framework for two M.A. programs:


The Cultural Studies Program
The Youth Culture Masters Degree Program


In addition, the School offers diploma studies in translation and translation editing.



Institutes and Chairs

The Porter Poetics and Semiotics Institute

The Porter Cathedra of Semiotics

The Bernshtein Cathedra of Translation Theory

The Artzet Cathedra of Poetics and Communication

The Helmus Cathedra of Arabic Literature


The School was founded in 1986 by Prof. Itamar Even-Zahar, who served as its first chair.


The current chair is Prof. Michele Kahan (elected in 2015).


Registration information for all the degrees can be found at the following link.

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