Angela Failler


Angela Failler Title: Associate Professor
Office: 3C24A
Building: Centennial Hall
Phone: 204.786.9028

Biography: Dr. Angela Failler is Associate Professor of Women’s & Gender Studies and Canada Research Chair in Culture and Public Memory at the University of Winnipeg. She is also a Research Affiliate of the Institute for Women's and Gender Studies, Lead Researcher of the Cultural Studies Research Group (CSRG), and instructor for the MA Program in Cultural Studies. Her current research is focused on public memory of the 1985 Air India bombings. 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 taken lead of a collaborative project on difficult knowledge in museum contexts. Dr. Failler serves as a Contributing Editor for the international journal Review of Education, Pedagogy and Cultural Studies. She teaches in the areas of feminist theory, cultural studies, queer theory, and embodiment and subjectivity. In 2012 she won the Clifford J. Robson Memorial Award for Teaching Excellence.


PhD - Women's Studies, York University

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

BA - Sociology (Honours), University of Saskatchewan


WGS-4100 Queer Studies in the Global Postmodern

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. 


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." (2017). 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.

Failler, A. and Sharma, K. “Shoal Lake 40’s Living Museum: A Photo Essay.” Cultural Studies Research Group [Web essay]. 23 July 2015.

Failler, A. and Lehrer, E. “Museum Openings.” Cultural Studies Research Group [Blog post]. 5 October 2014.

Failler, A., Willis, C. “Mandatory indigenous courses add value.” Winnipeg Free Press [Op-Ed]. March 31, 2015.