Faculty of Arts

Centre for the Interdisciplinary Study of Culture

  • Poet and a Pint

  • Alice Munroe Tribute - Alexander MacLeod

  • "Speaking to Power" with El Jones

  • Cyril J. Byrne Memorial Lecture presents Richard Ford

  • Panti Bliss: Homophobia in the Irish Media

  • Sageev (piano) and Dani (saxophone) Oore in concert at McNally Theatre on October 24, 2014.

About CISC

The Centre for the Interdisciplinary Study of Culture (CISC) provides an active forum for scholars, researchers, and students to cultivate and promote the study of culture across academic disciplines.

The core CISC objectives are to:

  • provide an environment for faculty and students to collaborate on research projects and public presentations.
  • promote cultural research and facilitate connections between cultural institutions.
  • create interactive spaces where insights from different disciplines can be brought to bear on specific cultural questions, challenges, or problems.
  • foster alternative ways of knowing, thinking about, understanding, and participating in culture.

Contact Us

The Centre for the Interdisciplinary Study of Culture

Saint Mary's University
923 Robie Street
Halifax, Nova Scotia, B3H 3C3


Phone: 902-420-5437
Fax: 902-491-8634

Madine VanderPlaat, Associate Dean

Dr. Madine VanderPlaat

Associate Dean of Arts - Research and Outreach

Co-Director of CISC

Professor of Sociology and Gender and Women Studies


Madine VanderPlaat's research interests focus on social inclusion, health equity and citizen participation particularly as these relate to women and families.  She is the former Director of the Atlantic Metropolis Centre a consortium dedicated to pursuing policy relevant research related to migration, immigration and cultural diversity.

Sean Kennedy, Associate Dean

Dr. Seán Kennedy

Associate Dean of Arts - Research and Outreach

Co-Director of CISC

Coordinator, Irish Studies

Associate Professor of English


Sean Kennedy arrived in 2005 from Ireland, where he completed his doctorate on the work of Samuel Beckett. He is the founding organiser of the biennial Queering Ireland conference as well as the new Ireland in Psychoanalysis forum.