Researchers

Angela Failler (Project Co-Leader)
Dr. Angela Failler is Canada Research Chair in Culture and Public Memory and Associate Professor of Women’s & Gender Studies at the University of Winnipeg (UW). She is currently the Director of the SSHRC Partnership Development project Thinking through the Museum: Difficult Knowledge in Public, Director of the Centre for Research in Cultural Studies (CRiCS) and leads the UW’s Cultural Studies Research Group (CSRG). She leads a major research program focused on public memory of the 1985 Air India bombings. Failler teaches in the areas of feminist theory, cultural studies, queer theory, and embodiment and subjectivity.


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Heather Milne (Project Co-Leader)
Heather Milne is an Associate Professor in the Department of English at the University of Winnipeg where she teaches in the areas of queer theory, queer literature, feminist theory, and women’s writing.  Her current research focuses on contemporary North American feminist poetics with a specific interest in the ways in which twenty-first century women poets engage with neoliberalism, affect, and the posthuman. She has recently completed a book manuscript titled Writing Dissent: Twenty-First Century North American Feminist Poetics (forthcoming with University of Iowa Press) and is currently preparing a volume of Rachel Zolf’s poetry for publication in the Laurier Poetry Series (Wilfrid Laurier University Press). She is the co-editor of Prismatic Publics: Innovative Canadian Women’s Poetry and Poetics (Coach House, 2009).


Lauren Bosc (Research Coordinator)
Lauren Bosc works as the Research Coordinator for the Museum Queeries project, as well as for the Centre for Research in Cultural Studies (CRiCS) based at the University of Winnipeg. She graduated with a Masters of Arts in Cultural Studies from the University of Winnipeg in 2014 and remains interested in feminist and queer representations of bodies — particularly fat bodies — in the context of film, television, and other media. She also currently works as the Managing Editor of the academic, peer-reviewed journal Jeunesse: Young People, Texts, Cultures, based at the University of Winnipeg.


Nicole Ritchie (Research Associate)
Nicole Ritchie is a PhD student in Social and Political Thought at York University. She completed a Master of Museum Studies in collaboration with Sexual Diversity Studies at the University of Toronto and a Bachelor of Arts with Distinction in Women’s Studies and the History of Art, Design, and Visual Culture at the University of Alberta. Nicole’s master’s thesis analyzed the Canadian Museum for Human Rights (CMHR) through the lens of queer-affect theory, interrogating the formation of normative, neoliberal museology. Growing out of this project, her current research seeks to link psychoanalytic theories of object relations with the theoretical turn to the object, to matter, in order to consider playful and imaginative modes of pedagogy and phenomenology within arts and cultural life.


Sandy O’Sullivan (collaborator)
Wiradjuri (Aboriginal Australian) researcher, Dr Sandy O’Sullivan, is the Director of the Centre for Collaborative First Nations’ Research at Batchelor Institute in the Northern Territory of Australia. Sandy has a PhD in Fine Art and Performance and has been an academic across performance, design, museum studies, gender studies, and First Nations’ perspectives for more than two decades. She is an enduring National Learning and Teaching Fellow, is appointed to the publishing board of the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies and has recently completed an internationally-focused Australian Research Council program examining the representation and engagement of First Peoples across 450 museums and keeping places in Australia, the US and Great Britain.

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