Canada Research Chair in Culture and Public Memory, University of Winnipeg

Dr. Angela Failler is Professor of Women’s & Gender Studies and Canada Research Chair in Culture and Public Memory at the University of Winnipeg. She is the Director of the Centre for Research in Cultural Studies, and teaches and supervises for the MA Program in Cultural Studies. 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. Her projects pay special attention to memorials, museums, commemorative artworks, community-based practices of remembrance, and government sponsored memory projects. She employs interdisciplinary, collaborative methodologies that draw on the expertise of scholars, educators, artists, curators, and other cultural practitioners. She is the Principal Investigator of a long term in-depth study on public memory of the 1985 Air India bombings. She is co-editor of Remembering Air India: The Art of Public Mourning (University of Alberta Press, 2017) with Drs. Chandrima Chakrabory and Amber Dean.

Dr. Failler 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 as a lead researcher with the Thinking through the Museum network, co-leading the Museum Queeries project 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.

Experience

  • –present
    Canada Research Chair in Culture and Public Memory, University of Winnipeg