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Research related to creative production and expression; curation and interpretation; and archaeological, historical, ethnographic and archival research in Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada and internationally.

Key research areas include the arts; all forms of creative production and expression (drama, music and sound, visual, performance, literature); education to preserve and strengthen culture and build identity; performance pedagogy; tangible cultural heritage; intangible cultural heritage, including language and music; cultural industries; history (Newfoundland, maritime, Canadian, and European); expressive determinants of society and individual identity; contemporary and historical creative activity; the use of new media and technologies in the ongoing production of art, culture and heritage; interdisciplinary research in music, health and wellbeing, in music and engineering; the use of creative expression to critique understandings of culture and society.


[a]cross the sea with ISER

The Institute of Social and Economic Research (ISER) in the Faculty of Arts has a mandate to foster and undertake research into social and economic questions rising from the particular circumstances of Newfoundland and Labrador.

Recently, German artist Rona Rangsch received ISER funding to complete her project titled [a]cross the sea, which features video works showing the relationship and perspective between the Old World and the New World. Shot as three separate videos in three different formats, the videos were realized between 2011 and 2012, while Ms. Rangsch was artist-in-residence at Terra Nova National Park and on Fogo Island. See More...

Diamond shines again

Dr. Beverley Diamond of Memorial’s School of Music and Department of Folklore is the recipient of the inaugural SSOCAN Foundation/CUMS Award of Excellence for the Advancement of Research in Canadian Music.

The SOCAN Foundation/CUMS Award of Excellence recognizes, on an annual basis, a mature scholar who has established a nationwide profile in the field of research into Canadian music and its composers. The winner’s dissemination of research results demonstrably increases aural and cultural understanding of Canadian music among other musical scholars and among musical performers. It also leads to increased understanding of Canadian music among the general public for music, or among members of a younger generation of future audience members and musicians.

In SOCAN’s press release, Dr. Diamond was identified as “having brought Canadian music, and especially the music of First Nations communities, musicians and composers, to the attention of the nation and the world.” See More...

Major archaeology award for adjunct professor

Dr. Peter Ramsden, an adjunct professor in the Faculty of Arts' Department of Archaeology from 2001-07, has been named the winner of the Canadian Archaeological Association's Smith-Wintemberg Award.

The award honours a member of the Canadian archaeological community who has made an outstanding contribution to the advancement of the discipline of archaeology or to the knowledge of the archaeological past of Canada.

Named after Harlan K. Smith and William J. Wintemberg, two members of the profession who essentially founded the discipline of archaeology in Canada, the award is presented in any year, as merited, to recognize outstanding achievement or service. See More...