What We're Exploring

The UAlberta Faculty of Arts has left its mark on Alberta: the research conducted by our talented, diverse and creative people in areas such as language preservation, violence, gender roles, labour mobility, and the history of Aboriginal peoples has a lasting impact on our understanding of and engagement with our province and society. That impact reverberates throughout Canada and the world — but it starts right here in Alberta.

Below is a small snapshot of how Arts is making a difference in Alberta.

  • Sara Dorow (Sociology) studies how the political economy affects the formation of identity and community in the Northern Alberta oilsands, providing insight into labour mobility issues.

  • Jane Heather (Drama) is interviewing the founders and leaders of 4 Winds Theatre and Kehiwin Native Dance, based in the Kehiwin First Nation near St. Paul. Sharing the creative history of these two Aboriginal theatre companies is a source of strength and pride for all Albertans.

  • The Alberta Climate Dialogue led by David Kahane (Political Science) aims to transform how Alberta municipalities and the provincial government engage citizens to understand and respond to climate change and environmental issues.

  • Jana Grekul (Sociology) investigates youth gangs and gang violence, and researches Community collaborations, such as the Hobbema Community Cadet Corps, that aim to end street violence.
  • Chloë Taylor (Philosophy; Women’s & Gender Studies) organized a major interdisciplinary conference for North American scholars on the topic of women and food, bringing researchers together at the Banff Centre to address issues of food and gender roles, food memories and traumas, obesity studies and food sustainability.

  • The Department of Linguistics is collaborating with the Tsuu T’ina Nation near Calgary to preserve the endangered language of Tsúùt’ìnà (an Athapaskan language formerly known as Sarcee or Sarsi) by digitizing, cataloguing, archiving and curating historical and contemporary recordings, and helping to reformat a comprehensive bilingual dictionary.

  • In fall 2012, a French language course’s Community Service-Learning component paired up students from a senior-level French language class with international students at the U of A whose first language is French. This allowed students to practise their French while welcoming international students to the campus community.

  • Ian MacLaren (History & Classics; English & Film Studies) looks at the history of Aboriginal people and their relationship with Jasper National Park and the Rocky Mountains, identifying ways to strengthen relationships between Aboriginal people and Alberta’s historical parks.