Harnoor Bhangu (University of Winnipeg)
Noor Bhangu received her Bachelor of Arts in History of Art from University of Winnipeg, where she is currently working on her Master of Arts in Cultural Studies: Curatorial Practices. She focuses primarily on South East Asian, Central Asian and Middle-Eastern artists who interrogate gender, religion and diaspora in their work. After the completion of this program, she intends to pursue a PhD in contemporary Islamic Art.
Michelle K Barron (Carleton University)
Michelle K Barron is an M.A. Candidate in the Department of Law and Legal Studies at Carleton University. Her current research integrates international oceanic law with discussions of underwater cultural heritage and postcolonial literatures. Specifically, her thesis endeavours to explore implications of violent colonial histories on bone, body, and artifact reclamation in international waters. Complementing her academic work, Michelle has also explored visual avenues in representation through her graphic compositions with the Elizabeth Fry Society of Calgary and the Graduate Legal Studies Association at Carleton University. It is through her research and creative works pertaining to visual communications that her passion for the intersections of histories, memory, and the body become evident.
Jade DeFehr (University of Winnipeg)
Jade DeFehr has recently completed her Bachelor of Arts in Women’s and Gender Studies (Hons.) and English at the University of Winnipeg. She has focused much of her research on the interlocking effects of gender, belonging/citizenship, and Canadian colonial memory. Impelled by her work as a costumed interpreter at a national historic site for four summers, DeFehr has recently delved into the scholarship of Museum Studies, investigating the stakes and conversations presented in local and national museums. In the years ahead, she hopes to continue academic and organizing praxis that adopts theorizing as a form of world-making.
Sylvia Dreaver (Dueck) (University of Winnipeg)
Sylvia J. Dreaver (Dueck) is Nēhiyawak and from the Mistawasis First Nation in Northern Saskatchewan. She is a Bachelor of Arts Honours student working towards an Art History degree at the University of Winnipeg. She is passionate about Indigenous Art and is committed to the advancement of curatorial research and art gallery practice when related to Indigenous art collections and associated history. She currently works as an Aboriginal Program Guide at the Canadian Museum For Human Rights, working on a specialized Indigenous tour. Her areas of interest lie in gallery education, museology and Canadian cultural policy, Indigenous art and curatorial practices/perspectives within cultural institutions. Sylvia’s future interests are to complete a MA in Art History with a focus on Indigenous Curatorial Practices.
D.J. Fraser (Concordia University)
D.J. Fraser is a graduate of the University of British Columbia (BA, Art History) and the University of Victoria (MA, History in Art) and a third year doctoral student at Concordia University’s Art History department. As a writer, an art historian and an instructor, they operate at the messy intersection between archival practices and queer cultural production in the frame of art history’s evolving relationships with archives. In their current work they are exploring the content and structural elements of the Electronic Media and Film Art Memory Archive for queer constellations and art praxis-activism in New York.
Myriam Gerber (Concordia University)
Myriam Gerber is a PhD student in the history department at Concordia University. Born in Germany, her research focusses on unmarked mass graves of the Holocaust in Central and Eastern Europe. Myriam’s dissertation investigates the complex layers of memory and silence surrounding an unmarked mass grave related to the former BMW forced labor camp in Allach, a sub-camp of the former concentration camp Dachau. Her research challenges meta narratives of a “mastered” past as it is represented in the context of the Gedenkstaette Dachau. Myriam holds a B.A. in Cultural Anthropology (University of Victoria, British Columbia) and an interdisciplinary M.A. in Visual Anthropology and Holocaust Studies (University of Victoria, British Columbia) as well as a Graduate Professional Certificate in Cultural Heritage Studies (University of Victoria, British Columbia). Myriam is a Research Assistant in the project “Beyond Museum Walls: New Methodologies for Public Dialogue Around Difficult History and Cultural Conflict” as well as an affiliate student at Concordia’s Centre for Oral History and Digital Storytelling (COHDS).
Anna Huard (University of Winnipeg)
Anna Huard is a graduate student at the University of Winnipeg in the Masters of Development Practice program, with a focus on Indigenous Development. She was born and raised in Winnipeg. Her family is from Couchiching First Nation. She studies language and cultural revitalization, as well as policy analysis toward reintegrating traditional perspectives into contemporary discourses. She works as an RA with Dr. Angela Failler on a project involving Shoal Lake 40 First Nation’s Museum of Canadian Human Rights Violations. She is also on her first field placement at the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs.
Alexandra K. Nahwegahbow is a PhD student at Carleton University in the Cultural Mediations program at the Institute of Comparative Studies in Literature, Art and Culture. She is Anishinaabe and Kanien’keha:ka, and a member of Whitefish River First Nation with roots in Kahnawake. Her research examines Indigenous visual and material culture from the Great Lakes region with a focus on childcare practices and the significance of family, community and youth. She is an emerging curator and recently completed the exhibition Temporal Re-Imaginings for Canada Council for the Arts. Alex is fascinated by stories, oral history and object agency, and has a strong interest in community engagement initiatives and the Indigenization of museum and gallery spaces.
Amy Prouty is finishing her MA in Art History at Carleton University with a thesis on contemporary drawings from Kinngait and their reception in southern art institutions. She has worked with the Inuit Knowledge Centre at Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami and is currently curating an exhibition at the Carleton University Art Gallery. She is looking forward to beginning the PhD program in Art History at Concordia University, researching the practice of urban Inuit artists. Additional research interests include contemporary Inuit art, the intersection of traditional knowledge and art history, as well as the function of art as a form of resistance and a medium for cross-cultural communication.
Jordana Starkman is a recent graduate of Concordia University where she studied Public History, and Canadian Irish Studies. Her primary research interests include the history and commemoration of Jewish communities in twentieth century Ireland and the ways in which Irish Jewish communities are represented in books and other media. In the future, she is hoping to further her studies in museum practice.
Travis Wysote (Concordia University)
Travis Wysote is a Listuguj Mi’gmaw who currently resides in Haudenosaunee territory to pursue a Humanities PhD at Concordia University. His Master’s thesis interrogated the controversy surrounding usage (or non-usage) of the term “genocide” to describe Canada’s history and contemporary treatment of Indigenous peoples at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights. He is currently interested in 18th Century anti-colonial resistance in the North Atlantic and the development of a Wabanaki treaty order through Mi’gmaq “piracy”.