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.