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CRiCS: Centre for Research in Cultural Studies


Cultural Studies Research Group Members

Jobb Arnold

Dr. Jobb Arnold

Jobb Arnold is Assistant Professor in Conflict Resolution Studies. His interdisciplinary research explores The Affective Edges of Conflict with a focus on the ways that cultural production, both in cyber-space and on the land-base, can influence the formation and maintenance of political boundaries in conflict. Arnold’s participatory field work in Rwanda, Northern Ireland and Canada engages embodied, participatory and experiential dimensions of local-level cultural interventions with attention to aesthetic innovation as well as the capacity to cohere groups, generate meaning, and mobilize collective action.


Adina Balint

Dr. Adina Balint

Dr. Adina Balint is Associate Professor of French Studies. Dr. Balint holds a PhD in 20thand 21st-century French and Francophone literatures from the University of Toronto. Her most recent publications include Le processus de création dans l’œuvre de J.M.G. Le Clézio (Rodopi, 2016) and Rencontre des imaginaires, imaginaires transculturels au Canada et dans les Amériques (with L. Gaboury and I. Chassaing; Presses Universitaires de Saint-Boniface, 2018). Dr. Balint is currently writing an essay on representations of mobility and creativity in French-Canadian and French literatures after 1980, using a comparative and transcultural approach.


Jane Barter

Dr. Jane Barter

Dr. Jane Barter is Professor of Religion and Culture. Barter holds a PhD in Theology from the University of St. Michael’s College, Toronto. She is author of several works in theology, feminist theory and continental philosophy of religion, including Thinking Christ: Christology and Contemporary Critics (Fortress, 2012) and Lord, Giver of Life (Wilfrid Laurier University Press 2006) and “Beyond Bare Life: Narrations of Singularity of Manitoba’s Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women” (McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2016). Barter is currently writing a monograph on the nature of witnessing to atrocity, using the philosophical approach of Giorgo Agamben to challenge and critique common understandings of witness and its role in remembering atrocity. 


Dr. Claire Borody

Dr. Claire Borody

Dr Borody is an Associate Professor in the Department of Theatre and Film at the University of Winnipeg. She specializes in performance creation and documentation of performance creation processes. 


Lauren Bosc

Lauren Bosc (Research Coordinator)

Lauren Bosc is interested in feminist and queer representations of bodies -- particularly fat bodies -- in the context of film, television, and other media. She is currently the Research Coordinator for CRiCS, the Project Coordinator for Thinking through the Museum: Difficult Knowledge in Public, a SSHRC Partnership Development project led by Dr. Angela Failler, and Managing Editor of Jeunesse: Young People, Texts, Cultures based out of the Centre for Research in Young People's Texts and Cultures (CRYTC). 


Bruno Cornelier

Dr. Bruno Cornelier (Project Leader)

Bruno Cornellier is Associate Professor of Cultural Studies in the Department of English. His research is concerned with culture as a site of struggle in the negotiation of race-based relations of power within and across various settler colonial contexts. He is currently working on a collaborative research project on the intersections of Indigenous Studies and Cultural Studies. He is also starting work on a monograph on extractive capitalism and cultural appropriation. He leads the Indigenous Cultural Studies project.


Michael Dudley

Michael Dudley

Michael Dudley is the Community Outreach Librarian at UW, with collection responsibilities for Indigenous Studies, history, political science, disability studies and theatre and film. His research has focused on the role of libraries as institutions of memory in shaping, reproducing and subjugating knowledge, as well as in processes of racialization and inclusion. He is a longtime book reviewer for the Winnipeg Free Press and has written extensively about the Shakespeare Authorship Question.


Bronwyn Dobchuk-Land

Dr. Bronwyn Dobchuk-Land

Dr. Dobchuk-Land is an Assistant Professor in the Criminal Justice Department. Her research is about settler colonialism and criminalization in Canada.


Angela Failler

Dr. Angela Failler (Director of CRiCS, Project Leader)

Dr. Failler is Associate Professor of Women's and Gender Studies and Canada Research Chair in Culture and Public Memory at the University of Winnipeg. She also teaches for the MA Program in Cultural Studies, and leads the projects CMHR in FocusShoal Lake Solidarity, and Thinking Through the Museum. She also co-leads Museum Queeries with Dr. Heather Milne.


Larissa Wodtke

Christina Fawcett

Dr. Christina Fawcett is Contract Faculty in the Department of English. She is a monster theorist with a Ph.D. from the University of Glasgow. Her current work examines villainous and monstrous spaces in video games, with a particular focus on ludics influencing player experience and character articulation. Her writing addresses monstrosity, trauma and how participatory narratives shape emotional response.


Matthew Flisfeder

Dr. Matthew Flisfeder

Dr. Matthew Flisfeder is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Rhetoric, Writing, and Communications. He is the author of Postmodern Theory and Blade Runner (Bloomsbury 2017) and The Symbolic, The Sublime, and Slavoj Žižek’s Theory of Film (Palgrave Macmillan 2012), and co-editor of Žižek and Media Studies: A Reader (Palgrave Macmillan 2014). His current research examines the relationship between social media platforms and algorithms and the reproduction of neoliberal rhetoric, ideology, and subjectivity. He also writes about the representation of the digital in postmodern popular film and television and dystopian fiction. He is currently completing a book manuscript on the ideology of social media called #Rithmic Desire: Towards a New Structuralist Theory of Social Media.


Lorena Fontaine

Dr. Lorena Fontaine

Lorena is Indigenous Academic Lead and Associate Professor at the University of Winnipeg. Her current research includes Indigenous Language Rights in Canada, the legacy of the Residential Schools and First Nations’ Heart Health


Dr. Peter Ives

Jennifer Gibson

Jennifer Gibson is Director/Curator of the University of Winnipeg campus art gallery, Gallery 1C03. The Gallery seeks to engage diverse communities through the development and presentation of contemporary and historical art exhibitions and related programming initiatives. It is also responsible for the development, preservation and presentation of the University’s collection of Indigenous and Canadian art.


Dr. Pauline Greenhill

Pauline Greenhill

Pauline Greenhill is Professor of Women's and Gender Studies at the University of Winnipeg. Her current research addresses fairy-tale media and justice issues, and her most recent publication is the Routledge Companion to Media and Fairy-Tale Cultures, co-edited with Jill Terry Rudy, Naomi Hamer, and Lauren Bosc (2018).


Dr. Jason Hannan

Jason Hannan

Jason Hannan is Associate Professor in the Department of Rhetoric & Communications. He is the editor of Truth in the Public Sphere (2016) and Philosophical Profiles in the Theory of Communication (2012). His research and teaching interests focus on the culture wars.


Dr. Peter Ives

Dr. Peter Ives

Dr. Peter Ives is a Professor in the Political Science Department focusing on political theory. He also teaches in the Cultural Studies Programme. He has published several books on Antonio Gramsci and his writings on linguistics and language politics. His current research focuses on the political implications of the advent of global English.


Devon Kerslake

Devon Kerslake (past Project Coodinator)

Devon Kerslake holds a Masters degree in Cultural Studies from the University of Winnipeg. She also worked at the Winnipeg Film Group in Distribution, where she was responsible for the preservation and dissemination of over 800 Canadian Independent short films. Her research interests include curatorial practices, visual art and graphic narratives. 


Dr. Serena Keshavjee

Dr. Serena Keshavjee

Dr. Serena Keshavjee is a professor in the History Department where she teaches art history. She coordinates the Curatorial Practices Stream of the Cultural Studies MA Program. Her research interests include the intersection between art and science at the turn of the 19th century. Her latest project is a visual culture of photographs of Ghosts. She is also involved in SSHRC Partnership Grant “Inuit Futures in Arts Leadership.”


Dr. Serena Keshavjee

Dr. Paul Lawrie

Dr. Lawrie is an Associate Professor in the Department of History and a Senior Fellow at the Institute of Urban Studies at the University of Winnipeg. His research interests include histories of race, urbanism, labor, time and disability in modern America.


Brett Lougheed

Brett Lougheed

Brett Lougheed is University Archivist/Digital Curator. The University of Winnipeg Archives stewards analogue and digital records, including the Two-Spirited Collection, in support of cultural studies projects. His research interests focus on decolonizing archival practice, specifically revising subject headings in finding aids to more accurately reflect Indigenous worldviews of history and identity.


Dr. Mary-Jane McCallum

Dr. Mary Jane McCallum

Dr. McCallum is a Professor in the Department of History at the University of Winnipeg, where she is also a member of the University Indigenous Advisory Circle.


Dr. Heather Milne

Dr. Heather Milne (Project Leader)

Heather Milne is Associate Professor in the Department of English where she teaches in the areas of queer theory, queer literature, poetics, feminist theory, and women’s writing. Her monograph Writing Dissent: Twenty-First Century North American Feminist Poetics is published with University of Iowa Press (2018), and Social Poesis: The Poetry of Rachel Zolf is forthcoming with Wilfrid Laurier University Press. She is the co-editor of Prismatic Publics: Innovative Canadian Women’s Poetry and Poetics (2009). She also co-leads Museum Queeries.


Julie Nagam

Dr. Julie Nagam

Dr. Julie Nagam is the Chair in the History of Indigenous Art in North America, a position that is a joint appointment with the University of Winnipeg and the Winnipeg Art Gallery. Nagam leads the SSHRC project The Transactive Memory Keepers: Indigenous Public Engagement in Digital and New Media Labs and Exhibitions.


Dr. Julie Pelletier

Dr. Julie Pelletier

Dr. Pelletier is an Associate Professor in the Department of Indigenous Studies at the University of Winnipeg. She also teaches for the MDP program in Indigenous Development and the Post-Baccalaureate program in Indigenous Education. She serves on graduate committees in Canada, the US, Australia, and New Zealand related to Indigenization. Other research interests include Indigenous economic sovereignty, and Indigenous representation.


Dr. Kathryn Ready

Dr. Kathryn Ready

Dr. Ready is an Associate Professor in the Department of English. A former coordinator of the MA Program in Cultural Studies at the University of Winnipeg, she remains closely connected with the program. Her general field is eighteenth-century British literature and culture, with ongoing projects related to genders and sexualities in the period, literature and science, and religion, politics, and sociability.


Dr. Mavis Reimer

Dr. Mavis Reimer

Dr. Mavis Reimer is Project Director of the SSHRC Partnership project entitled Six Seasons of the Asiniskow Ithiniwak: Reclamation, Regeneration, and Reconciliation and the lead researcher on the Production team of that project; co-director of the Centre for Research in Cultures of Young People; Professor in the English Department; and Dean of Graduate Studies (on leave for the academic year 2018-19).


Sharanpal Ruprai

Dr. Sharanpal Ruprai

Dr. Sharanpal Ruprai is Assistant Professor in the Department of Women’s and Gender Studies and is an internationally recognized poet and UWinnipeg alumna (BEd 00; BA [Hons] 03). She specializes in the experience of Sikh women and marginalized populations. Her debut book of poetry, Seva, was shortlisted for the Stephen G. Stephansson Award for Poetry by the Alberta Literary Awards in 2015; her second collection of poetry, Pressure Cooker Love Bombwill be published in Spring 2019. Ruprai is working on a collection of essays entitled Who You Calling a Kaur? and will explore issues such as religion, gender violence, and identity, within the specific context of the Canadian South Asian women’s experience.


Ray Silvius

Dr. Ray Silvius

Dr. Ray Silvius is Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Winnipeg.  His research interests include cultural political economy, multipolarity within the global political economy, post-hegemonic global political economy, and the political economy of refugees and immigration. He is the lead of the Community Engaged Research on Immigration (CERI) Network.


Adina Balint

Dr. Heather Snell

Dr. Snell is Associate Professor of English at the University of Winnipeg, a co-director of the Centre in Young People’s Texts and Cultures (CRYTC), and the lead editor of the journal Jeunesse: Young People, Texts, Cultures. Her research focuses on representations of urban life, landscapes, and travel in postcolonial texts both for and about young people. 


Kevin Walby

Dr. Kevin Walby (Project Leader)

Dr. Walby is Associate Professor of Criminal Justice and Chancellor's Research Chair (2015-18) at the University of Winnipeg. His research examines tourism and representations related to prison, jail, police, court, and nuclear testing museums. He leads the project Carceral Cultures.


Dr. Tracy Whalen

Dr. Tracy Whalen 

Dr. Whalen is an Associate Professor in the Department of Rhetoric, Writing, and Communications at the University of Winnipeg. Her recent research has examined the  delivery style of celebrated Canadian texts—political oratory, artistic performance, and literary worksas well as the material rhetoric of public statuary and signage. She is currently investigating the rhetorical dynamics of  Newfoundland-American relations and identifications as these relate to commemoration, popular works, and tourism.


Jenny Wills

Dr. Jenny Heijun Wills (Project Leader)

Dr. Wills is an Associate Professor in the Department of English at the University of Winnipeg. Her current work focuses on Asian/American and African American responses to white liberalism, biologism, and race in the Post-Human Genome Era. She also leads the Alternative Kinship project and the Critical Race Network.


Larissa Wodtke

Larissa Wodtke

Wodtke is Research Coordinator at the Centre for Research in Young People's Texts and Cultures (Department of English) at the University of Winnipeg and Project Manager for the Six Seasons of the Asiniskow Ithiniwak: Reclamation, Regeneration, and Reconciliation project.


Larissa Wodtke

Dr. Doris Wolf

Doris Wolf is the Grad Program Chair of the MA in Cultural Studies and an Associate Professor in the Department of English and Faculty of Education—Access at the University of Winnipeg. She researches and publishes in the areas of Canadian Indigenous picture books and graphic narratives and memoirs about German childhoods in World War Two. She is a co-applicant and the Curriculum Team Leader on the SSHRC Partnership Grant Six Seasons of the Asiniskow Ithiniwak: Reclamation, Regeneration, and Reconciliation, which is housed in the Centre for Research in Young People’s Texts and Cultures at UW.


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