Research Centres

  • Intermedia Research Studio

    Research Director: Dr. Sourayan Mookerjea

    Social Research Through Intermedia
    The Intermedia Research Studio (IRS) is a research facility for the production and dissemination of work in and on visual culture, photographs, film, video, advertising, TV, internet, mobilities, modeling, design, diagrammatics and built environments. It is a unique facility amongst Canadian sociology departments.
    Hosted by the Sociology department since 2002, the studio offers students and faculty the opportunity to advance research through technical and creative means. Intermedia is about documenting and bearing witness to transformations of material and virtual culture, for example, going from analogue to digital and back again. The IRS provides a technical infrastructure (computer hardware and software, still, digital, and video cameras, video and data projectors) for accessing, producing, manipulating, and employing visual imageries and aural textures in social research. The IRS supports collaborative projects and is rooted in self-directed learning that offers space to create and disseminate new forms of social research through intermedia. Faculty and graduate students who wish to use IRS Resources, please contact Dr. Sourayan Mookerjea.

  • Kent and Drever Collection on Alternative Religions

    Contact - Dr. Steve Kent

    This archival collection contains extensive primary and secondary material on alternative religions, non-traditional religious traditions, and other social movements. For security and confidentiality reasons, the collection is not open to the public. Graduate students and university faculty members interested in using this collection for research purposes should contact Professor Kent for information about the collection and access guidelines.

  • Parkland Institute

    Director - Trevor Harrison

    The Parkland Institute is an Alberta-wide, non-partisan research centre situated within the Faculty of Arts at the University of Alberta, directed by Dr. Trevor Harrison, adjunct professor in the department of Sociology. The Parkland Institute studies economic, social, cultural and political issues facing Albertans and Canadians, using the perspective of political economy. The Institute shares the results of its research widely and promotes discussion of the issues its research raises. Within post-secondary institutions, Parkland Institute includes those who are involved in interdisciplinary and socially-engaged thinking. In the broader Alberta community, the Parkland Institute works with religious organizations, professionals, trade unionists, the arts community, non-profit organizations, environmentalists, feminists, social movement activists, private sector individuals and other interested individuals.