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Centre for Research in Cultural Studies (CRiCS)


Student Members

Katryna Barske

Katryna Barske

Katryna is a graduate student in the Cultural Studies: Curatorial Practices program at the University of Winnipeg. She received her BA in Classics and Art History from the University of Manitoba in 2013, and has a diploma in Residential Decorating and Marketing Management. She works with several arts organizations including the Winnipeg Art Gallery, Mentoring Artists for Women's Art (MAWA), Artbeat Studio, and the Manitoba Crafts Museum and Library, focusing on digital communications and art education. Her interests are in arts accessibility and diversity in museum collections.


Brittany Bauer

Brittany Bauer

Brittany is currently a student in the Cultural Studies MA program, and she received her undergraduate training in both Environmental Studies and Classics. Her work primarily focuses on underrepresented aspects of classical scholarship such as the lives of queer women and the poor. She is currently engaged in projects centred on recreating foodways and pathways of the poor in Roman Italy via ethnoarchaeology and experimental archaeology.


 Christian Higham

Christian Higham

Christian is a recent graduate of the MA in Cultural Studies: Texts and Cultures program at the University of Winnipeg. Before the MA program, she graduated with a BA from Cornell University in 2019, studying Government and Art History. Christian has experience as a volunteer and casual performer within the local arts sector. Her research interests include Cultural Theory, Queer Theory, and Film and Visual Culture.


Vincent Tinguely

Vincent Tinguely

Vincent Tinguely is a writer based in Winnipeg. His work has appeared in Four Minutes to Midnight  no. 10, Canadian Poetry no. 64, and the Poetry-Quebec website. His fiction has been anthologized in The Art of Trespassing (Invisible Press), the conundrum reader (conundrum press) and Stories from Blood & Aphorisms vol. 2 (Gutter Press). He is the co-author of Impure — Reinventing the word (conundrum press), a nonfiction book about the Montreal spoken word poetry scene. He is currently studying for a Masters in Cultural Studies at the University of Winnipeg, with a focus on texts and culture.


Evan Wicklund

Evan Wicklund

Evan Wicklund is a Master of Arts student in the Cultural Studies (Texts and Cultures) program at the University of Winnipeg. He graduated from the Disability Studies program at the University of Winnipeg with an Honours Degree in 2018 and is an Honours graduate of the Red River College Disability and Community Support Program. Evan is the recipient of the SSHRC Joseph Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship and has received the Gold Medal for Disability Studies (2018), the Inaugural Disability Studies Award (2017), and the Community Living Award (2013). Evan is employed as the Head Office Lead and Research Officer at the Canadian Centre on Disability Studies and is a part-time instructor at Red River College in the Disability and Community Support Program. His professional and scholarly interests are grounded in the amalgamation and knowledge mobilization of community-based research with critical sociopolitical theory. Evan has experience working in the disability field in various capacities and settings, including advocacy, supported employment, community living, and inclusive education. He has previously served as the student representative on the CRiCS Advisory Committee.


Research Assistants

Salam Al Sayed

Salam Al Sayed

Salam Al Sayed is a Master of Arts student in the Cultural Studies (Texts & Cultures) program at the University of Winnipeg. She graduated with a Bachelor of Social Work from the University of Manitoba in 2016. She currently works as a Team Leader in the Families and Schools Together Program at Family Dynamics and has worked with youth and families in local schools and non-profit organizations for the past five years. Her scholarly interests include Intersectional Feminism, Critical Race Theory, Media Theory and Visual Culture, Pop Culture, Trauma and Wellness, Ethnography and Diaspora Studies. Salam is working with Dr. Angela Failler as a Research Assistant for the Centre for Research in Cultural Studies (CRiCS). 


Thomas Boeckner

Thomas Boeckner

Thomas Boeckner is currently a student in the Cultural Studies MA program at the University of Winnipeg. They completed their undergraduate degree at OCAD University with a major in Visual and Critical Studies. Being a visually impaired, queer artist, they are interested in how disability studies and queerness intersect with the museum and art worlds. Thomas comes from a small Northwestern Ontario city and realizes the potential and importance the rural and peripheries have in being a part of a thriving network of art and culture beyond urban centres. Thomas is working with Drs. Angela Failler and Heather Milne as a Research Assistant for the Museum Queeries research cluster of the SSHRC Partnership Grant Thinking Through the Museum.


Kamal Dhillon

Kamal Dhillon is a recent graduate (2021) of the Cultural Studies (Texts & Cultures) MA program at the University of Winnipeg. She also received her undergrad and education degrees at the University of Winnipeg in 2016, majoring in English. She currently works full-time as a high school English Language Arts teacher in Winnipeg’s Seven Oaks School Division. Her professional and scholarly interests are focused on Critical Literacy, Critical Theory, Critical Pedagogy and Decolonial Methodologies. She is working as a Senior Research Assistant on the “Remembrance Practice After the 1985 Air India Bombings” project with Dr. Angela Failler.


Sofia Martignoni

Sofia Martignoni

Sofia Martignoni is a Master of Arts student in the Cultural Studies (Texts & Cultures) program at the University of Winnipeg. She graduated with a joint Honours Bachelor in English and Women & Gender Studies from the University of Manitoba in 2020. She has done work for Justice for Women MB and for PARSD (Post-Apology Residential School Database), and has completed an Honours Thesis on representations of abortion and abortion providers in nineteenth century American literature and complementary historical records. She is interested in research relating to body politics, post-colonial and racial studies, feminist theory and praxis, and ecocriticism. Sofia is working with Dr. Angela Failler as a Research Assistant for Memory Studies Association – Canada.