Caitlin Gordon-Walker received her PhD in Canadian studies from the Frost Centre for Canadian Studies and Indigenous Studies at Trent University. She has an MA in museum studies from Newcastle University in the UK, and a BA in archaeology from Simon Fraser University. She teaches primarily in the fields of anthropology, museum studies, and Canadian studies. Alongside her teaching and research, she is the owner and editor at CGW Editing Services.
I currently hold the position of honorary research associate and sessional instructor in the Department of Anthropology at UBC. My research examines museums and other sites of public history and culture, examining the contradictory role they play as sites of established authoritative knowledge and, simultaneously, places of dialogue where contesting forms of authoritative knowledge can be articulated. Select publications include Exhibiting Nation: Multicultural Nationalism (and its Limits) in Canada’s Museums (UBC Press, 2016) and a special issue of BC Studies guest edited with Dr. Martha Black: “Indigeneities and Museums: Ongoing Conversations.” My current research examines the intersections between museums and other public cultural institutions and the urban, regional, and national geographies with which they intersect.
Books: (2016). Exhibiting Nation: Multicultural Nationalism (and Its Limits) in Canada’s Museums. Vancouver: UBC Press.
Journals: (2019). “Unsettling Nature, Culture and History: Layers of Meaning and Conversation at the Royal BC Museum.” Museum and Society 17 (2): 248–60.
(co-authored with Analays Alvarez and Susan Ashley, 2018). “Recognition and Repentance in Canadian Multicultural Heritage: The Community Historical Recognition Program and Italian Canadian Memorializing.” Journal of Canadian Studies/Revue d’etudes Canadiennes 52 (1): 82–107.
(guest editor with Martha Black, 2018). Special Issue, “Indigeneities and Museums: Ongoing Conversations.” BC Studies 199 (Autumn).
(2018). “Beyond Inclusion: Canadian and Indigenous Sovereignties in Mainstream Museums.” Special Issue, “Indigeneities and Museums: Ongoing Conversations.” BC Studies 199 (Autumn): 177–97.