Centre for Cape Breton Studies


Established as part of the Tier 1 Canada Research Chair awarded to Dr. Richard MacKinnon, the Centre for Cape Breton Studies is committed to promoting and preserving intangible cultural heritage. Unique in Atlantic Canada, the Centre is a valuable addition to Cape Breton University. The Centre for Cape Breton Studies will not only reach into our community but also extend into national and international arenas through visiting scholars, research, workshops, and programmes of study.

The Centre for Cape Breton Studies houses both the Rotary Music Performance and Analysis Room, and a state of the art digitization lab. These rooms will be used to engage in ethnographic and performance research, provide a venue for the dissemination of that research, and prepare young scholars for graduate research in ethnomusicology, folklore, and intangible cultural heritage. The Centre includes seminar and research space for the Folklore and Ethnomusicology programmes as well as offices for faculty and researchers. Additionally, the Centre is home to the academic journal Material Culture Review. The journal is published twice annually and distributed to research institutes, museums, libraries, and individual subscribers worldwide.

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Richard MacKinnon
Vice President, Academic (Provost) / Professor, Folklore

Office: CE330

Phone: 902.563.1980

Elizabeth Beaton
Senior Research Fellow, Centre for Cape Breton Studies

Heather Sparling
Associate Professor of Ethnomusicology / Tier 2 Canada Research Chair (Musical Traditions)

Office: CE263B

Phone: 902.563.1242

Ian Brodie
Associate Professor, Folklore

Office: CE263C

Phone: 563.1418

Chris McDonald
Associate Professor, Ethnomusicology

Office: CE251

Phone: 563-1415

Christopher Jones
Digitization Technician

Office: Digitization Lab

Phone: 563.1912