Cultural Studies

Cultural Studies

Interdisciplinary Graduate Program

Cultural Studies

Interdisciplinary Graduate Program

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Steering Committee

Cultural Studies Steering Committee on Retreat at Elbow Lake

The Cultural Studies steering committee on retreat at Elbow Lake in May 2016.

The Steering Committee is a group of students, faculty, and staff who compose the ultimate decision-making body in Cultural Studies. Any member of the CUST community can sit on the Steering Committee, provided they are willing to make a one-year commitment to attend. A request for members is sent out to everyone, once per year. The steering committee and the program abide by the Cultural Studies Constitution (pdf, word). 

Any member of the community can bring a concern or an idea to Steering, by requesting that it be put on the agenda for discussion. (Please contact the current Chair of Steering).

Please note that, because we tend to have a lot of business to discuss at every meeting, those submitting agenda items for consideration are responsible for providing adequate time for members of the committee to look over any documents they would like to be considered. Please send these by email to the Program Administrator, Program Director, and Chair of Steering, at least 48 hours prior to the meeting. Without such notice Steering reserves the right to defer discussion to a future date when there is space for it.



  • habibe burcu baba (Co-Chair)
  • Jeff Brison (Co-Director)
  • Laura Murray (Co-Director)
  • Ayca Tomac


  • ​Carrie Miles


  • Nisha Patel (Co-Chair)​
  • Jacqueline Giesbrecht
  • Samia Khan
  • Darren Zanussi
  • Payton Kennedy-Cowman
  • Melanie Proulx
  • Stefan Strangman
  • Shawn Robinson
2021-2022 Steering Committee Meeting Dates

Steering Committee Meetings for 2021-2022 will be on the following Fridays, from 9:30am-11:30am (unless otherwise noted), virtually via Zoom:

  • September 17 – Open Meeting (9:30-11:30)
  • September 24 – Consensus Training (9:30-11:30)
  • October 1 – First Steering Meeting of 2021-2022
  • October 22 - Steering Meeting
  • November 5 – Constitution Meeting
  • November 12 – Steering Meeting
  • November 26 – Steering Meeting
  • December 10 – Steering Meeting
  • January 14 – Steering Meeting
  • January 21 –  Constitution Meeting
  • February 4 – Steering Meeting
  • February 18 – Steering Meeting (budget: overview and Q&A)
  • March 11 – Steering Meeting (budget: plans for 2022-2023)
  • March 26 – Provisional Steering Meeting
  • April 8 – Steering Meeting
  • April 22 – Steering Meeting
  • May 6 – Steering Retreat
  • May 13 – Provisional Steering Meeting
Standing Committee Co-Chairs


  • Please contact the Cultural Studies Steering Committee Co-Chairs