naomi-imagesNaomi Angel has worked in South Africa, Japan, Australia and Canada as a producer, journalist and marketing officer in the non-profit sector. She holds a BA in Psychology from the University of British Columbia and completed her MA in Media Studies at Concordia University. Her MA thesis focused on race and representation in the media, highlighting mixed-race representation in film. Her more recent research focuses on cultural memory and the processes of memorialization. She is currently a fourth-year doctoral student in the Department of Media, Culture, and Communication at New York University.

In particular, Naomi is interested in the ways in which Truth Commissions speak to issues of historical responsibility, allowing for memory to rectify some of the intentional absences of history. There have been dozens of Truth Commissions implemented around the world as a way to deal with transitional justice. Naomi plans to closely watch the development of the Canadian Truth And Reconciliation Commission as a contemporary example where discourses of human rights, cultural memory and the project of nation-building intersect.


Past Projects:

Project Manager – Independent Production Fund (IPF)

The IPF is a not-for-profit organization that administers funds to support and promote the Canadian television industry.

Managing Editor – is an online arts and culture magazine focusing on film, politics and art. For each issue, a guest editor is invited in to curate an eclectic selection of articles and art called “Mash.” The magazine is currently on hiatus but back issues can be found at

Associate Producer – Brocket 99 – Rockin’ the Country

Brocket 99 – Rockin’ the Country is a feature documentary film that focused on issues of humour, race, Aboriginal history and discrimination in Canada. The film has been screened around the world including: the Need2Know Film Series in Caracas, Venezuala (2006), the First People’s Festival in Montreal (2006), and the Arizona International Film Festival (2007).

Marketing Officer – Fair Trade and Tourism South Africa (FTTSA)

Fair Trade in Tourism South Africa is a non-profit organization that promotes equitable business practices and respect for human rights, diverse cultures and the environment through responsible tourist practices.

20 Responses to “About Naomi Angel”

  1. Dear Ms. Angel,
    Thank you for lifting up these issues through your website. While doing research and writing on the South African TRC in 1998-2001 I became increasingly fixed on issues of memory and reconciliation. In particular I was struck by the parallels between the US — especially our own Trail of Tears — and SA’s history going back beyond the Great Trek and Battle of Blood River. In order to get at these issues, however, I felt that the academic and “objective” perspective of most historical and ethical work had profound limits. My struggle with this problem led to writing a work of historical fiction exploring both the globalist dimensions of memory and its embeddedness in ecological struggles for reconciliation. The book, Red Clay, Blood River, appeared last year. (Information available at South African writers like Antjie Krog and Zakes Mda have influenced such a move. Do you know of others in fiction work who are trying to et at these issues in a deliberate manner? What, indeed, is your view of the role of fiction (or historical fiction) in helping us get at the issues of memory and reconciliation?
    Thanks for any help you can give.
    William J. Everett
    PS. Your site is very elegant, but my old eyes have great difficulty reading white on black. Any change to the usual black on white would be appreciated!

  2. tracingmemory Says:

    Thank you for your comments, Mr. Everett.

    Your book sounds very interesting. I think that historical fiction can play a very important role in dealing with issues of reconciliation, transitional justice and memory. It allows for a way to deal with the emotional as well as social, cultural and cognitive responses to past collective traumas. It can also help to draw connections between events that may seem disparate but share unusual similarities. Historical fiction may also allow the general public to become aware of an event that they may not have otherwise. A book called, “Memory” for example, written by Phillipe Gambert deals with some of these issues. The book is based on his childhood in France, growing up with parents who survived the Holocaust. At the back of the book, there is an interesting Q and A with the author where he discusses his approach to writing in relation to both memory and history. I’m guessing you are familiar with J.M. Coetzee’s work as well, but if not, his writing on post-Apartheid South Africa is also pertinent. If I think of any others, I’ll post more information about them.
    As for the white text on the black background, I’ll see what I can do. It’s the default setting for this template, so it may be hard to change without changing the overall design.
    Thank you again for your post. I look forward to checking out your book.
    Naomi Angel

  3. Martin Bar Says:

    Great new look! Really clean. Are you presenting your work anytime soon? Are any of your presentation available anywhere online? Youtube?

  4. Chocho Says:

    very interesting articles Naomi, I didn’t know you write professionally!

  5. Tami Morris Says:

    Hi Naomi,

    I’m also a 3rd year PhD student (at Georgia State). It looks as though our research interests are similar. Is your recent testimony conference paper available?


    • tracingmemory Says:

      Hi Tami,

      No problem, I’m going to send you an email in a moment. Would love to hear more about your research too.

  6. tracingmemory Says:

    Also, just realized that the paper, along with others presented at the conference, are available online here:

  7. RobynGreen Says:

    Hi Naomi,
    I have misplaced your card, but I found a good place to stay in Winnipeg if you are interested.

  8. tracingmemory Says:

    Thanks Robyn! Will check it out and send you an email. Hope all is well!

  9. Don Jackson Says:

    Hi Naomi,
    Your reflections on your recent visit to the Long Plains School are very sensitive and revealing. I am grateful to my friend Yvonne Still who directed me to them and to your website which I’m most pleased to have accessed. Having been similarly engaged for the past three decades I appreciate and commend your good work.
    Thank you,
    Don Jackson
    Director, Shingwauk Project

  10. tracingmemory Says:

    Thank you so much for your generous comment, and to Yvonne Still for pointing you towards the site. I’m aware of the Shingwauk Project and the great work that it does. Wishing you continued success, and please feel free to be in touch: naomiangel[at]nyu[dot]edu.

    All the best,

  11. Ashleigh Androsoff Says:

    Hi Naomi,

    I’m very interested in the work that you are doing. A colleague and I are putting a panel together for the Canadian Historical Association conference that is taking place in Frederickton, New Brunswick, in May of next year. The conference theme is “History, Memory, Place,” and the panel we are proposing addresses the use of memory – specifically collective memory – in resolving conflict within specific ethnic or religious communities. Denis McKim and I are both Ph.D. candidates at the University of Toronto in the final year of our programs. Denis studies Canadian Presbyterians; I study Canadian Doukhobors. Your work seems to intersect with what we are doing, and we were wondering whether you’d be interested in joining us by presenting work-in-progress on truth and reconciliation processes?

    Please contact me to discuss further, and I can share the specifics of what Denis and I have in mind. I would be pleased to make your acquaintance in any case.

    Ashleigh Androsoff

  12. Hi Ashleigh,
    Thanks for getting in touch! I’ve just sent you an email in response to your comment. If for some reason, you do not receive it, please email me at: naomiangel[at]nyu[dot]edu

    Great to hear from you.


  13. MDR Says:

    Hello Naomi,

    I’m presently beginning my Masters in Media Studies at Concordia University and have just discovered your thesis on Mixed Race representation in Film. I have a similar thesis project more specifically within the context of French Canadian Media in general and would love to ask you a couple of questions about your work.

    Thanks in advance for our time


  14. Hello from Montreal. I found your blog due to my interest in St. Mary’s rez school near Mission BC. Lots more here, so I’m going to follow! All the best.

    • n.a. Says:

      Thanks for following. I’m on a bit of a hiatus from blogging at the moment, but I hope to be back at it at some point soon.

  15. topoiesis Says:

    Dear Naomi,

    Thank you so much for the work you have done with this blog. You write with great sensitivity and I am enjoying catching up on all your posts. I found your site while researching my master’s thesis at the University of Waterloo. My interest is in the architecture of the residential schools and their role as physical places in the Canadian collective memory.

    I am still very early in my investigations, and I am thinking about visiting some former schools later in the summer. I have read a few of your posts about visits to former schools and I wanted to ask if you had any advice about or contacts for making such visits. I will most likely stay within Ontario and Manitoba.

    Thanks again for sharing your work.

    All the best,

    Magda Milosz

    • Naomi Says:

      Hello Magda,

      Thanks for your comment. I’d be happy to share my experiences/advice. I’ll email you to discuss.

      All best,

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