Lauren Bosc (Research Coordinator)
Lauren Bosc currently works as the Project Coordinator for the Museum Queeries project, as well as for Thinking through the Museum: Difficult Knowledge in Public, 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. In addition to working in this role, Lauren also served the University of Winnipeg’s Cultural Studies Research Group (CSRG) as lead Research Assistant in 2014-15.
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. She leads a major research program focused on public memory of the 1985 Air India bombings. She also leads the UW’s Cultural Studies Research Group (CSRG) whose researchers have been undertaking case studies of various facets of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights (CMHR) ranging from news media coverage and public reception to the museum’s location and architecture, governance structure, consultation processes, exhibitions, communications strategies, as well as interventions by artists and community activists. Failler teaches in the areas of feminist theory, cultural studies, queer theory, and embodiment and subjectivity.
Genevieve Flavelle is an independent curator and writer. She holds a BA in Art History from NSCAD University, and recently completed a SSHRC funded MA in Art History at Western University. Genevieve’s research and curatorial interests include queer feminist art practices, feminist curatorial strategies, curatorial interventions, contemporary art, and queer theory. Genevieve views her academic, artistic, and activist practices as interconnected. She is interested in art as a meeting ground for intergenerational exchange, community building, politics, theory, and agitation. She is a settler of British ancestry and currently based in Toronto.
DJ Fraser (Lead Research Assistant)
D.J. Fraser is a graduate of the University of British Columbia (BA, Art History) and the University of Victoria (MA, History in Art) and a third year doctoral student at Concordia University’s Art History department. As a writer, an art historian and an instructor, they operate at the messy intersection between archival practices and queer cultural production in the frame of art history’s evolving relationships with archives. In their current work they are exploring the content and structural elements of the Electronic Media and Film Art Memory Archive for queer constellations and art praxis-activism in New York.
Michelle McGeough (Métis) is currently completing her PhD in Native American Art History at the University of New Mexico. Prior to returning to school for her advanced degree, she taught Museum Studies at the Institute of American Indian Art and was the Assistant curator at the Wheelwright Museum of the Native American in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Ms. McGeough has a Master’s degree from Carleton University as well as a BFA from Emily Carr School of Art and Design University and an Associates of Fine Arts degree from the Institute of American Indian Art. Ms. McGeough also has a degree in education from the University of Alberta. Ms. McGeough’s research interests have focused contemporary Aboriginal art and the Aboriginal two-spirit identity. Presently, she is completing her dissertation which examines Aboriginal understandings of gender fluidity and the impact these notions have on artistic production both currently and historically. Other areas of her research include the application of Indigenous research methodologies and the incorporation of these ways of knowing into the development of curriculum and the curation of contemporary and historic Indigenous art. Ms. McGeough is also an independent curator and has curated exhibitions for the I.D.E.A. Center at Colorado College. Aboriginal Art Center, in Ottawa and the Museum of Contemporary Native American Art in Santa Fe New Mexico.
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).
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.
Hailey Primrose (Research Assistant)
Hailey Primrose is a queer Métis undergraduate student completing a BA in Women’s and Gender Studies at the University of Winnipeg. With a focus on queer, trans and anti-racist feminist discourse, her goal is to contribute to feminist ideology through a decolonizing and queer-centered framework. In addition to her studies, Hailey works as an RA with Dr. Karen Harlos (University of Winnipeg), contributing to knowledge gaps surrounding LGBTQ employees and workplace bullying and mistreatment. In the future her interest lies in completing an MA in Women’s and Gender Studies and Indigenous Studies.
Ryan Rice, a Mohawk of Kahnawake, Quebec, is the Delaney Chair in Indigenous Visual Culture at the Ontario College of Art and Design University (Toronto, ON). His curatorial career spans 20 years in museums and galleries. Rice served as the Chief Curator at the IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts in Santa Fe, NM and also held curatorial positions at the Aboriginal Art Centre (Ottawa, ON), named curatorial fellowships with the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria (Victoria, BC) and the Walter Phillips Gallery (Banff, AB), and Curator-In-Residence at the Carleton University Art Gallery. He received a Master of Arts degree in Curatorial Studies from the Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College, New York; graduated from Concordia University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts and received an Associate of Fine Arts from the Institute of American Indian Arts, Santa Fe, New Mexico. Rice’s writing on contemporary Onkwehonwe art has been published in numerous periodicals and exhibition catalogues, and he has lectured widely. Some of his exhibitions include ANTHEM: Perspectives on Home and Native Land, FLYING STILL: CARL BEAM 1943-2005, Oh So Iroquois, Scout’s Honour, LORE, Hochelaga Revisited, ALTERNATION, Soul Sister: Re-imagining Kateri Tekakwitha, Counting Coup, Stands With A Fist: Contemporary Native Women Artists and ARTiculations in Print. In the summer of 2017, he will present the inaugural exhibition of the ONSITE Gallery in Toronto with his exhibition “raise a flag: work from the Aboriginal Art Collection 2000-2015.” Rice was also a co-founder and former director of the Aboriginal Curatorial Collective and currently sits on the Art Gallery of Ontario’s Education Council and the Native American Arts Studies Association board.
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.
Tishina Shannacappo (Research Assistant)
Tishina Shannacappo is an urban Anishinaabe-kwe from Winnipeg, MB. She is a graduate from the University of British Columbia (BA, Institute for Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice + First Nations and Indigenous Studies) and currently lives and works in her home-city located on Treaty 1 territory. She is passionate about the intersections between mental health, self-representation and access to meaningful cultural production. Practicing a decolonial and feminist methodological approach, she primarily engages her theoretical interests with poetry and other creative interventions produced by Indigenous peoples, women and LGBTQ/2-spirit communities.