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Angela Failler

Angela Failler Title: Associate Professor, Canada Research Chair
Phone: 204.786.9028
Office: 3C24A
Building: Centennial Hall
Email: a.failler@uwinnipeg.ca

PhD - Women's Studies, York University

MA - Women's Studies, Dalhousie, Mount Saint Vincent and St. Mary's Universities (joint program)

BA - Sociology (Honours), University of Saskatchewan


Dr. Angela Failler is Associate Professor of Women’s & Gender Studies and a Tier II Canada Research Chair in Culture and Public Memory at the University of Winnipeg. She directs the Centre for Research in Cultural Studies, is a Research Affiliate with the Institute for Women's and Gender Studiesand teaches and supervises for the MA Program in Cultural Studies. Her research is focused on culture and public memory including an in-depth study of how the 1985 Air India bombings figure in Canadian and transnational public memory. She 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, leading a partnership development project on Thinking through the Museum, and co-leading Museum Queeries 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.

Teaching Areas:
Feminist theory

Queer theory

Cultural studies

Embodiment and subjectivity

WGS-1232 Introduction to Women's and Gender Studies

WGS-2201 Feminisms: Background and Fundamentals

WGS-2251 Gender, Race and Nation in Canada

WGS-3006 Embodied Subjects

WGS-3302 Feminisms: Current Perspectives

WGS-4004 Cultural Studies and Feminism

WGS-4100 Queer Studies in the Global Postmodern

WGS-4400 Advanced Topics

WGS-3900/4900 Directed Readings

GENG-7901 Topics in Genders, Sexualities and Cultures: Thinking Through the Skin

GENG-7741 Topics in Local, National, and Global Cultures: Queer Studies in the Global Postmodern



Failler, A. (In Preparation). Public Memory and the Afterlife of the 1985 Air India Bombings (sole-authored book manuscript).


Chakraborty, C., Dean, A. and Failler, A. eds. (2017). The Art of Public Mourning: Remembering Air India. Edmonton: University of Alberta Press.

Cavanagh, S.L., Hurst, R.A.J. and Failler, A. (Eds.) (2013). Skin, Culture and Psychoanalysis. Houndmills (UK) and New York: Palgrave Macmillan. 


Failler, Angela, Ives, Peter, and Heather Milne, eds. (2015). Caring for Difficult Knowledge: Prospects for the Canadian Museum for Human Rights, a special double issue of the Review of Education, Pedagogy and Cultural Studies 37.2/3. 


Dean, A. and A. Failler (2019). “An Amazing Gift”? Memory Entrepreneurship, Settler Colonialism and the Canadian Museum for Human Rights. Memory Studieshttps://doi.org/10.1177/1750698019843971.

Failler, A. (2018). Canada 150: Exhibiting National Memory at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights, Citizenship Studies, DOI:10.1080/13621025.2018.1462500.

Failler, A. 2015. Hope Without Consolation: Prospects for Critical Learning at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights. Review of Education, Pedagogy and Cultural Studies 37.2/3, 227-250.  

Failler, A., Ives, P. and Milne, H. (Eds.) (2015). Introduction: Caring for Difficult Knowledge--Prospects for the Canadian Museum for Human Rights. Review of Education, Pedagogy and Cultural Studies 37.2/3, 100-105.

Failler, A. (2012). “War-on-terror” frames of remembrance: the 1985 Air India bombings after 9/11. Topia: Canadian Journal of Cultural Studies, 27 (Spring 2012), 253-270.

Failler, A. with artwork by E. Marjara. (2010). "Remember me nought": The 1985 Air India bombings and cultural Nachträglichkeit. Public: Art/Culture/Ideas, 42, 113-124.

Failler, A. (2009). Remembering the Air India disaster: Memorial and counter-memorial. Review of Education, Pedagogy and Cultural Studies, 31(3-4), 150-176.

Failler, A. (2009). Narrative skin repair: bearing witness to representations of self-harm. English Studies in Canada, 34 (1), 11-28.

Failler, A. (2006). Appetizing loss: Anorexia as an experiment in living. Eating Disorders 14, 99-107.


Chakraborty, C., A. Dean and A. Failler (2017). The Art of Public Mourning: An Introduction. The Art of Public Mourning: Remembering Air India. Edmonton: University of Alberta Press, xiii-xxxii.

Failler, A. and Roger I. Simon.  (2015). Curatorial Practice and Learning from Difficult Knowledge.  The Idea of a Human Rights Museum, Eds. Busby, K., Mueller, A. and Woolford, A. Winnipeg: University of Manitoba Press, 165-179.

Cavanagh, S.L., Hurst, R.A.J. and Failler, A. (Eds.) (2013). Introduction. Enfolded: Skin, Culture and Psychoanalysis. In Cavanagh, S.L., Hurst, R.A.J. and Failler, A. Skin, Culture and Psychoanalysis (pp.1-15). Houndmills (UK) and New York: Palgrave Macmillan.

Failler, A. (2013). Narrative Skin Repair: Bearing Witness to Mediatized Representations of Self -Harm. In Cavanagh, S.L., Hurst, R.A.J. and Failler, A. (Eds.) Skin, Culture and Psychoanalysis (pp.167-187). Houndmills (UK) and New York: Palgrave Macmillan.

Failler, A. (2009). Racial grief and melancholic agency. In Campbell, S., Meynell, L., & Sherwin, S (Eds.), Agency and Embodiment (pp.46-57). Philadelphia: Penn State University Press.

Failler, A. (2009). “Too broke to answer the phone”: Reporting the “death” of the National Action Committee on the Status of Women. In Trimble L. & Sampert, S. (Eds.), Mediating Canadian politics(pp.219-238). Toronto: Pearson Education Canada.

Failler, A. (2005). Excitable speech: Judith Butler, Mae West and Sexual Innuendo. In Blumenfeld, W.J. & Soenser Breen, M (Eds.), Butler matters: Judith Butler’s impact on feminist and queer studies since Gender Trouble (pp.95-109). Aldershot, UK: Ashgate Publishing. (Originally printed in International Journal of Sexuality and Gender Studies, 6 (1-2), 49-62.


Failler, A. Creative Remembrance: Transcending the Limits of Official History (2015). Program essay for air india [redacted] (theatre performance commissioned by Turning Point Ensemble). Dir. Tom Creed, Composer Jurgen Simpson, Poet Renee Saojini Saklikar, Music Director and Artistic Coordinator Owen Underhill, Media Artist John Galvin, Singers Zorana Sadiq, Daniel Cabena, Alexander Dobson. Presented November 6-11, 2015 at the SFU Goldcorp Centre for the Arts. http://turningpointensemble.ca/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/AIRINDIAprogramFINALrs.pdf

Failler, A. and Sharma, K. “Shoal Lake 40’s Living Museum: A Photo Essay.” Cultural Studies Research Group [Web essay]. 23 July 2015. http://www.uwinnipeg.ca/csrg/projects/shoal-lake-photo-essay%20.html

Failler, A. and Lehrer, E. “Museum Openings.” Cultural Studies Research Group [Blog post]. 5 October 2014. http://uwinnipeg.ca/csrg/blog/2014/10/Failler%20and%20Lehrer.html

Failler, A., Willis, C. “Mandatory indigenous courses add value.” Winnipeg Free Press [Op-Ed]. March 31, 2015. http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/opinion/analysis/mandatory-indigenous-courses-add-value-298100541.html