Angela Failler, Project Director
Dr. Angela Failler is Canada Research Chair in Culture and Public Memory and Associate Professor of Women’s & Gender Studies at the University of Winnipeg. She leads a major research project focused on public memory of the 1985 Air India bombings. She also leads the University of Winnipeg’s Cultural Studies Research Group (CSRG) whose researchers have been undertaking case studies of various facets of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights (CMHR) ranging from news media coverage and public reception to the museum’s location and architecture, governance structure, consultation processes, exhibitions, communications strategies, as well as interventions by artists and community activists.
Dr. Heather Igloliorte is a Concordia University Research Chair in Indigenous Art History and Community Engagement and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Art History. Her teaching and research interests center on Inuit and other Native North American visual and material culture, the global exhibition of Indigenous arts and culture, performance and media art, and issues of colonization, settler colonialism, sovereignty, resistance and resilience. She is also an active independent curator whose exhibits include “We were so far away…”: The Inuit Experience of Residential Schools (touring, 2011- present) and Decolonize Me (touring, 2011-15). Dr. Igloliorte is also currently working on several ongoing multi-platform collaborative projects such as her recent community consultation project with Nunatsiavummiut (Labrador Inuit) artists, elders, and youth. She also serves on the Indigenous Advisory Council of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights.
Dr. Erica Lehrer is a socio‑cultural anthropologist and curator. She is currently Associate Professor in the departments of History and Sociology‑Anthropology and Canada Research Chair in Museum & Heritage Studies at Concordia University, Montreal. She is the author of Jewish Poland Revisited: Heritage Tourism in Unquiet Places (Indiana University Press 2013), editor of Jewish Space in Contemporary Poland (2015), co-editor of Curatorial Dreams: Critics Imagine Exhibitions (MQUP 2016) and Curating Difficult Knowledge: Violent Pasts in Public Places (Palgrave 2010). In 2013, she curated the exhibit Souvenir, Talisman, Toy at the Seweryn Udziela Ethnographic Museum in Krakow, and in 2014 published the accompanying book Lucky Jews and the online exhibit.
Dr. Monica Eileen Patterson is an Assistant Professor in the Institute of Interdisciplinary Studies at Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada. She holds a doctorate in Anthropology and History and a certificate in Museum Studies from the University of Michigan. Patterson is coeditor of Curating Difficult Knowledge: Violent Pasts in Public Places (Palgrave Macmillan, 2011) and Anthrohistory: Unsettling Knowledge and Questioning Discipline (University of Michigan Press, 2011). As a curator, scholar, and activist, she is particularly interested in the intersections of memory, childhood, and violence in postcolonial Africa, and the ways in which they are represented and engaged in contemporary public spheres.
Lauren Bosc, Project Coordinator
Lauren Bosc currently works as the Research Coordinator for Thinking through the Museum: Difficult Knowledge in Public, based at the University of Winnipeg. She graduated with a Masters of Arts in Cultural Studies from the University of Winnipeg in 2014 and remains interested in feminist and queer representations of bodies — particularly fat bodies — in the context of film, television, and other media. In addition to working in this role, Lauren also served the University of Winnipeg’s Cultural Studies Research Group (CSRG) as lead Research Assistant in 2014-15.