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Centre for Research in Cultural Studies (CRiCS)


Angela FaillerCRiCS is the initiative of Dr. Angela Failler, UWinnipeg’s Tier 2 Canada Research Chair in Culture and Public Memory. Failler is Professor of Women’s and Gender Studies, and teaches for the MA Program in Cultural Studies. She also currently leads the Cultural Studies Research Group. Her research is focused on how practices of culture and public memory are used to grapple with the “difficult knowledge” of historical traumas and injustices, including their ongoing/after effects. Her projects pay special attention to memorials, museums, commemorative artworks, community-based practices of remembrance, and government sponsored memory projects. She employs interdisciplinary, collaborative methodologies that draw on the expertise of scholars, educators, artists, curators, and other cultural practitioners. She is the Principal Investigator of a long term in-depth study of public memory of the 1985 Air India Bombings. 

Dr. Failler is also interested in phenomena at the intersection of culture, embodiment and psychical life and has published writings on anorexia and self-harm in this vein.

Most recently, she has turned her attention to matters of representation and witnessing in museums as a lead researcher with the Thinking through the Museum network, co-leading the Museum Queeries project with Dr. Heather Milne (English). Dr. Failler serves as a Contributing Editor for the international journal Review of Education, Pedagogy and Cultural Studies. In 2012 she won the Clifford J. Robson Memorial Award for Teaching Excellence.

In 2017 Failler secured a John R. Evans Leader’s Fund grant from the Canadian Foundation for Innovation (CFI) to create a research centre on campus at the University of Winnipeg. Additional funding provided through her CRC have helped launch the centre’s initial programs. Failler serves as the inaugural Director of CRiCS.