Centre for Research in Cultural Studies (CRiCS)

Cultural Studies Research Group Members

Chigbo Arthur Anyaduba

Dr. Chigbo Arthur Anyaduba

Dr. Chigbo Arthur Anyaduba is Assistant Professor in the Department of English. He is interested, more broadly, in the questions of what human-made catastrophes (such as wars and genocides) do to the imagination at both the personal and collective levels. He is currently working on a cluster of projects, one examining fictional representations of genocides occurring in Africa, and another exploring the constructions and reconstructions of “usable pasts” in contemporary African cultural productions.

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. 

Lauren Bosc

Lauren Bosc (Research Coordinator)

Lauren Bosc is currently the Research Coordinator for CRiCS and Managing Editor of Jeunesse: Young People, Texts, Cultures based out of the Centre for Research in Young People's Texts and Cultures (CRYTC). 

Alyson Brickey

Dr. Alyson Brickey

Dr. Alyson Brickey is Assistant Professor in the Department of English. Her teaching and research focuses on modernist American literature and critical theory, particularly the relationship between experimental literary aesthetics and philosophical ethics. She holds a PhD in English from the University of Toronto, and her work can be found in Mosaic: an interdisciplinary critical journal, intervalla, and is forthcoming in the Journal of Modern Literature. She is currently at work on a book project called America’s Walls that reads literary representations of thresholds in American literature from Herman Melville’s 1853 “Bartleby, the Scrivener: A Story of Wall Street” to Gloria Anzaldua’s 1987 Borderlands/La Frontera: The New Mestiza.

Adina Balint

Christopher Campbell

Christopher Campbell is Research Program Coordinator for the RISE (Respect, Inclusion, Safety, Equity) Research Program on 2SLGBTQ*-inclusive education, led by Dr. Catherine Taylor at The University of Winnipeg. He coordinates national research projects on gender and sexual diversity in Canadian school systems, including the Every Teacher Project, the National Inventory of School System Interventions, and the RISE Project on 2SLGBTQ*-inclusive Teacher Education. He is currently enrolled as a PhD student at the University of Manitoba in Education, focusing on 2SLGBTQ* inclusion in policy.

Bruno Cornelier

Dr. Bruno Cornelier 

Bruno Cornellier is Associate Professor of Cultural Studies in the Department of English. His current research draws connections between authorship, racial capitalism, extractive capitalism, and cultural appropriation.

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)

Dr. Failler is Professor of Women's and Gender Studies and Canada Research Chair in Culture and Public Memory at the University of Winnipeg. 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. See Meet the CRC for more info.

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 Associate 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. Shauna Labman

Dr. Shauna Labman

Dr. Shauna Labman is a legal scholar who writes and speaks extensively on refugee law, resettlement and private refugee sponsorship within a broader context of human rights and public international law. She focuses on the layered influences of law on public policy and government positioning. Her book, Crossing Law’s Border: Canada’s Refugee Resettlement Program (UBC Press 2019) examines the intersection of international rights, responsibility and obligation in the absence of a legal scheme for refugee resettlement. She is co-editor (with Geoffrey Cameron) of Strangers to Neighbours: Refugee Sponsorship in Context (MQUP, 2020) which explains the origins and development of refugee sponsorship, paying particular attention to the unintended consequences and ethical dilemmas it produces for refugee policy.

 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. Andrew McGillivray

Dr. Andrew McGillivray

Andrew McGillivray is Assistant Professor in the Department of Rhetoric and Communications. His work is situated within Icelandic studies and explores saga literature, reception, Icelandic culture in Manitoba, and Heathenism. He also teaches a course in the Interdisciplinary Linguistics Program at UWinnipeg.

Dr. Heather Milne

Dr. Heather Milne 

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). With Dr. Angela Failler she also co-leads the project Museum Queeries.

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).

Dr. Jacqueline Romanow

Dr. Jacqueline Romanow

Dr. Jacqueline Romanow, a Métis from the Red River Settlement, obtained her PhD in Political Studies (International Relations) at Queen's University and has an MA in Economics as well as a BA in English Literature from the University of Manitoba. She is the Chair of the Department of Indigenous Studies at the University of Winnipeg and teaches courses in indigenous rights, land and natural resources as well as globalization and economic development.  Dr. Romanow’s research focuses on Indigenous economic development and self-determination. Prior to her PhD, she worked with First Nations across Canada on projects for governance, social and economic development across Canada. Most recently, Dr. Romanow has been conducting research on Indigenous experiences of Racism in Canadian society, as well as the structural role of Indigenous self-determination in reducing violence against Indigenous Women.

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.

Les Sabiston

Les Sabiston

Les Sabiston is a PhD candidate in anthropology at Columbia University and a visiting research scholar at the department of anthropology at the University of Winnipeg. He is Métis and from Selkirk, Manitoba. He is currently completing his dissertation titled, Fear of Indigenous (dis)Orders: New Medico-legal Alliances for Capturing and Managing Indigenous Life in Canada. His dissertation is an ethnographic and historical study that examines systems of knowledge production about Indigenous peoples in the criminal justice and medical systems of Canada, and the conditions of life and politics that these knowledge forms enable for the settler Canadian state, its public, and the Indigenous communities of this land.

Jane Shulman

Jane Shulman

Jane Shulman has a Master’s degree in Cultural Studies from the University of Winnipeg, and studies queer people’s health narratives and queer content in nursing pedagogy. She teaches practicing nurses and nursing students about 2SLGBTQ+ people’s health, advising on research-based strategies for providing equitable care. Jane has lectured at McGill University’s Ingram School of Nursing, University of Ottawa’s School of Nursing, and has presented her research at national and international conferences. She was previously director of knowledge exchange at Canadian Women’s Health Network, and coordinated special projects at Breast Cancer Action Montreal. She currently works for the RISE (Respect, Inclusion, Safety, Equity) Research Program on 2SLGBTQ+ inclusive Education.

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 

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. With Dr. Justin Piché at University of Ottawa 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 

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 a project on Alternative Kinship and the Critical Race Network.

Larissa Wodtke

Larissa Wodtke

Larissa Wodtke is the Coordinator for the Indigenous Academic Lead at the University of Winnipeg. She has published research on popular music, memory, irony, temporality, labour, and digital texts (more details). Her current research is on the temporal aesthetics of music inspired by racialized futurisms, or ethnofuturisms (i.e., Afrofuturism, Gulf Futurism, Sinofuturism, Nippofuturism, Indigenous Futurisms, etc.).

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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