The Material Culture Institute 
is based in the Department of Human Ecology, Faculty of Agricultural, Life and Environmental Sciences, and the Faculty of Arts.dress repair

The aim of the Material Culture Institute is to devise programming, conferences, symposia and visiting speakers, that will offer a multi-disciplinary perspective on past and present societies, advancing research into human interaction with built environments and materials goods of all sorts.
Through our programming we will explore objects and their meanings as these are found in urban and rural contexts, and within local, national, and international settings. 

We will consider peoples of the past and present in relation to their material goods, recognizing the interrelationships that exist through the production, consumption, and distribution of material artifacts. 

Alberta’s rich legacy of objects, found in public and private collections, in urban and rural settings forms part of our focus. 

But the Material Culture Institute also focuses on the rich cross-cultural and socio-historical exchange of social and cultural material knowledge.


  1. Newsletter

    Keep up to date with the MCI Newsletter, with information on up-coming events and stories of past happenings

  2. Rosenberg Quilt Collection Photographs Now Online

    The Department of Human Ecology’s Clothing and Textiles Collection, in association with the Material Culture Institute, is pleased to announce that digital photographs

  3. Fashioning the World Workshop

    18-20 August 2008 Two dozen participants gathered at the University of Alberta for a three-day workshop hosted by the Material Culture Institute. Participants came from universities and museums acros

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