Humanities & Fine Arts
Humanities and fine arts scholarship at the U of A advances clarity, insight, and understanding about cultural development and interactions; the motivating power of historical influences and contexts; awareness and construction of meaning; and how individuals, societies, and cultures express themselves and their ideas in all forms. The Kule Institute for Advanced Studies anchors much of our cross disciplinary investigations in these areas and others. Other research examines the interplay between the individual and science through historical and philosophical investigations, through the critical analysis of past, present, and potential technologies, and even through innovative artwork. Key faculties: Faculty of Arts, the Campus Saint-Jean, Augustana Campus, the Faculty of Extension, and the Faculty of Native Studies.
Work on the Francophonie, minority-language rights and legislation, as well as intercultural research, distinguishes the U of A nationally and supports provincial and federal mandates to recognize and preserve the Canada's francophone heritage. The Canadian Studies Centre
supports interdisciplinary research on issues that impact Canadian, particularly western Canadian, francophones. At Campus Saint-Jean,
the Institut pour le patrimoine de la francophonie de l'Ouest Canadien
conducts cultural research using unique archives and digital resources
of historical material.
Edmonton and Alberta's cultural life is powered by the university's commitment to superb fine and performing arts scholarship over the past century. The Festival of Ideas
brings the world's leading thinkers and provocateurs from all disciplines to engage Edmonton's citizens, and our extensive museums and collections
resources create spectacular exhibits on topics such as arctic studies, meteorites, and western history in the university's downtown Enterprise Square Gallery. The Timms Centre for the Arts
, a state-of-the-art facility, is a superb art theatre performance and training venue. Innovative music research, inspiring performances, and leadership
has created caliber concerts and choral experiences that enrich Edmonton and Alberta, and win international competitions
The study of art from its history to methods of production is at the heart of UAlberta's department of Art and Design
. One of the department's many excellent features
is the innovative print making program, which is recognized as one of the best in North America.
The dynamism and complexity of modern China continues to make headlines; as that nation forges its future, it is seeking global connections. The U of A's China Institute
's mission is to forge linkages between China-related initiatives and scholarship at the U of A, to enhance and support new teaching and research activities between Canada and China and to develop an enduring friendship and promote cultural
, scientific, and business exchanges.
U of A builds bridges across areas of research and study. For example, the Kule Institute of Advanced Study
facilitates transformational interdisciplinary and comparative research at the highest level nationally and internationally and the Canadian Centre for Ethnomusicology
is an archive and research resource documenting musical and cultural traditions locally and internationally that serves a wide range of students, researchers and community groups.
Exploring ideas, decisions and actions in a critical manner is essential for understanding the public policy ethics
and exploring how elementary school children
can employ new ways to think about foundational concepts. The university's legal, political, and social theory is increasingly engaged with issues in globalization, conflict and conflict resolution, peace studies, and restorative justice. The Parkland Institute
investigates the economic, social, cultural and political consequences of changes in the intellectual and policy climates within Alberta and Canada.
UAlberta has developed rich research partnerships with Canada's Aboriginal and other indigenous people in culture, history, education
, health and wellness, language
, and social and legal areas. For example, the recently established Rupertsland Centre for Métis Research
, the culmination of a decade-long partnership between UAlberta and the Métis Nation of Alberta, will co-ordinate and sustain academic research activity with and for Métis communities.
Scholars, artists, writers working together in once place at one time means inspiration and innovation; the U of A and the Banff Centre have partnered to make this happen. Banff Research in Culture
is a new residency program that gives Alberta and international scholars the opportunity for extended research and discussion forums. With rotating themes and a diverse set of programs, participants develop new artistic, editorial, authorial, and collective projects, both individually and in connection with others.
In both the public and academic sectors, work on complex historical, economic, health, social, and cultural issues is increasingly dependent on databases of rich, written material. The U of A has been leading how to use advanced computing to develop and analyze such databases through initiatives such as the Canadian Institute for Research in Computing in the Arts
and the Orlando Project
. The university also sustains the Peel's Prairie Provinces
, a rich digital resource of digitized historical documents for both researchers and the general public.
We understand the complexity of the human condition by examining the biological, social, material, and cultural past. In archaeology and anthropology
, UAlberta's innovative contributions result from integrating classics, history and ethnography with geophysics, geochemistry and molecular biology.