20-21 May 2011

Preliminary Program:         

The preliminary conference program outlines a rich and exciting variety of presentations, covering topics and themes from around the world. The organizing committee looks forward to welcoming presenters and participants to this conference.


The exhibition ‘Fashioning Feathers: Dead Birds, Millinery Crafts and the Plumage Trade’, will be launched in conjunction with the conference. Merle Patchett and Liz Gomez curate this fascinating interdisciplinary exhibition. The opening will take place on Thursday at 6pm, in the Fine Arts Building (FAB) Gallery, on the University of Alberta campus. All conference participants are invited to attend. Further details will be provided closer to the event.

The University of Alberta:

This university was founded in 1908, with the aim of improving the lives of men and women, with policies and programs that sustained the participation of both sexes in higher education. The university now serves about 36,000 students, with undergraduate and graduate students from across the region and nation and around the world. The university is now one of the leading undergraduate and research institutions in Canada, ranked among the top 100 universities world wide.

University history

University Wikipedia entry

The Department of Human Ecology

Human Ecology is an interdisciplinary applied field that uses a holistic systems approach to examine the many contexts of people’s lives. In particular, we focus on the dynamic relationships people have with their near environments: clothing, family, home and community. Our mission is to create healthy human environments that enhance the quality of daily life. Conference participants may also want to see the exhibition currently on show in the foyer of the Human Ecology Building 'In Mother's Hood: Inuit Packing Dolls of Taloyoak'.

The City of Edmonton:

The University of Alberta is based in Edmonton, the capital city of the Province of Alberta. Edmonton (with a population of approximately 1 million) is situated on the North Saskatchewan River and has a long history as a meeting place and gateway centre. It was gathering place for First Nations and Métis peoples in centuries past and became a major trading centre during the era when the Hudson’s Bay Company dominated the fur trade in the northern plains. Fort Edmonton Park reflects this trading history. More recently, Edmonton has prospered as a result of the regional oil industry, sustaining a growing multi-cultural population. It continues to be a gateway city, both for those heading into the mid and high north and for northerners travelling south.

The city boasts a vibrant theatre and arts scene, with a diverse assortment of restaurants, particularly in proximity to the university. One of the newest additions to the city landscape is the Art Gallery of Alberta located in downtown Edmonton. This building reflects the dynamic architectural vision of Randal Stout, a leading exponent of green design.

Light Rapid Transit (LRT) connects the main campus of the University of Alberta to various downtown stops. The city is also criss-crossed with various walking / cycling / running paths that intersect the river valley, parks and ravines. Edmonton embraces its physical environment in all weathers and seasons.

Conference Catering:

The conference organizers support locally grown and provisioned foods wherever possible. Catering for the event is provided by an innovative local company, Leva Cappuccino Bar, well known for their involvement in the local food scene in Edmonton. The day-to-day conference food, the keynote reception and the banquet are being catered by Leva. Many of their ingredients are sourced from local suppliers. Daily catering will include vegetarian options. If you have any other dietary concerns, please indicate on the registration page.