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Krista Lynes, PhD

Associate Professor, Communication Studies
Canada Research Chair in Feminist Media Studies
Director, Feminist Media Studio

Krista Lynes, PhD
Christophe Delory
Office: L-CJ 4405 
Communication Studies and Journalism Building,
7141 Sherbrooke W.
Phone: (514) 848-2424 ext. 5975
Website(s): Canada Research Chair in Feminist Media Studies
Feminist Media Studio
Availability: Please email me to set up an appointment.


PhD, History of Consciousness, University of California, Santa Cruz 
        Thesis: Imaging Boundaries: Video, Gender and the Politics of Visibility
(James Clifford/Teresa de Lauretis, Donna Haraway, Jennifer A. González)

Areas of research

Lynes examines the role contemporary art, experimental and documentary media, and social movement media play in mediating social life under conditions of political struggle, violence or precarity. She has analyzed media interventions in times of war, occupation and crisis, as well as conditions of systematic disenfranchisement and vulnerability in contexts around the world. Her focus on the politics of visibility engages feminist and queer theories, affect theory, social movement and social justice studies, postcolonial and transnational examinations of culture, and questions of witnessing, spectatorship and encounter. 

Her current research project seeks to understand the multiple and contradictory perspectives that constitute the visual culture of migrant struggles in Europe, particularly along the lines of gender, sexuality and race. She examines how the figuration of ‘the migrant’ in landscapes of crisis, which binds certain bodies to movement across particular territories and landscapes, puts into play gender, race and class dynamics which have a broad effect on national politics and immigration policies through contestations over national belonging, citizenship and the right to movement. Her current book project, tentatively entitled Traffic: Thinking Involuntary Movement, focuses how notions of involuntary movement, forced migration or trafficking function in mediating the migration of (gendered and racialized) bodies, tying these histories to the movement of personal objects, to rights claims to the repatriation of stolen artefacts, and to the movement of non-human species across maritime ecosystems.

She is also working with other members of the Feminist Media Studio to explore potential aesthetic strategies for enacting a feminist and decolonial politics in and through media research and creation. This project involves a series of workshops, reading groups, invited lectures and seminars, and collaborative experimental writing and making, culminating in a 'toolkit' for feminist thinking and making.


COMS411: Sexuality & Public Discourse
COMS415: Advanced Topics in the Photographic Image
COMS463: Semiotics

COMS600: Communication Theory
COMS635: Media & Feminist Theory
COMS642F: Feminist Globalizations

COMS873: Identities and Cultural Exchange
COMS888: Discourses of the Body

Teaching activities

Graduate supervision (past and present)

  • Isabelle Boucher (PhD Communications), "At the threshold: Science, senses and scales: Performing Rituals and Healing Ecologies"
  • Fanny Gravel-Patry (PhD Communications), "Depressive Affects, Visuals of Care: (Re)thinking Women's Experience of Mental Illness through their Use of Instagram Illustration"
  • Rébecca Lavoie (Research-creation PhD Humanities), “Holding Space: DIY Curating and Queer In/Habitations”
  • Laura Magnusson (Research-creation PhD Humanities), "A Saga of Hafrún: Communicating Impacts of Trauma on Survivors of Sexual Violence"
  • Alexis Poirier-Saumur (PhD Communications), "Queer and Anti-Oppressive Pedagogy in Montreal"
  • Sanaz Sohrabi (Research-creation PhD Humanities), "The spectator, too, is inside the image: Proliferation, development, and replacement of different modes of image making in Iran"
  • Katerina Symes (PhD Communications), “Queer Crossovers: The Popularization of Queer Sexuality on Television”
  • Dayna McLeod (Research-creation PhD Humanities, 2019), “Ageing Queer Embodiment, Audiences and Empathy: 'Intimate Karaoke' and the Material Conditions of Uterine Concert Hall”
  • Celia Vara (PhD Communications, 2018), “Fina Miralles' Relaciones: Kinesthetic Knowledge and Corporeal Agency"

  • Keven Hernandez (MA, 2020), "Getting Home: Identity, Community, and Intersectional Migrant World Building"
  • Ariane Charbonneau (MA, 2020), "How does romance impact kinship in science-fiction manga?"
  • Maya Youngs-Zaleski (MA, 2019), "Visualizing @h_e_r_s_t_o_r_y: Situating Lesbian Visual Culture in Digital Spaces"
  • Hunter Loubert (MA, 2019), "Playing Trans: Explorations in Indie Video Games"
  • Brenna Ward (MA, 2017), "When Picture becomes Place: A Spatial and Temporal Analysis of Nature and Wilderness as Playground and Resource in the Canadian Nation"
  • Camille Jemelen (Research-Creation MA, 2016), "Il n'y a qu'un pas entre la marche et la danse': Making Videodance in the City"
  • Sasha Langford (MA, 2016), “The Unsettled Subject: Territory and Ambivalence in the Post-Photoconceptual Landscape″
  • Tyler Morgenstern (MA, 2015), “Endurant Bodies/Atmospheric Borders: Race, Indigeneity, and Transmedia Art in Contemporary Canada”
  • Katerina Symes (MA, 2013), “Eccentricity, Spectatorial Desire, and The L Word: Toward a Theory of Identification”

Selected publications


Moving Images: Mediating Migration as Crisis. Co-edited with Tyler Morgenstern & Ian Alan Paul. Bielefeld: Transcript Verlag, 2020.

Prismatic Media, Transnational Circuits: Feminism in a Globalized Present. Global Cinema Series. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2012.

Book chapters

"SOPHIA: The language of 'trafficking' and the mediation of gendered migration" in Moving Images: Mediating Migration as Crisis. Bielefeld: Transcript Verlag, 2020.

"Introduction: In and Against Crisis" (with Tyler Morgenstern and Ian Alan Paul). in Moving Images: Mediating Migration as Crisis. Bielefeld: Transcript Verlag, 2020.

"Either You Get it or You Don't: A Conversation with LGBTQI Refugees in Greece's #Rockumenta Action" (with Sophia Zachariadi) in Moving Images: Mediating Migration as CrisisBielefeld: Transcript Verlag, 2020.

“Cyborgs and Virtual Bodies” co-authored with Katerina Symes in The Oxford Handbook of Feminist Theory. Lisa Disch and Mary Hawkesworth, Editors. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2016.

"World of Matter: Introduction: Planetary Aesthetics" in Elemental: an arts and ecology reader. James Brady, Editor. Gaia Project, 2016.

“On the Ground: Media in Conflict Zones” in Space (Re)Solutions: Intervention and Research in Visual Culture. Peter Mortenböck and Helge Mooshammer (Eds). Bielefeld: Transcript Verlag, 2011.

"Beard, Shave, Dental, Hair, Alone" in Shock & Awe: War on Words. Anna Tsing and Jennifer González, Editors. Santa Cruz: New Pacific Press, 2004.


"Greenhouse Effects: Captive Labour, or How Like a  (Salad) Leaf." Heliotrope, 2021.

"Decolonizing Corporeality: Teresa Margolles's Lively Corpses" Social Text, Vol.37, No.4, 2019.

"Drowned at Sea: What haunts the stories of trafficked women?" Feminist Media Studies. Critique & Commentary: Gender, Migration and the Media. Vol.18, No.6, 2018.

"Between a Rock and a Hard Place: Performative Politics and Queer Migrant Activisms". ADA: A Journal of Gender, New Media and Technology. Issue 14: Visualizing Protest, 2018.

"Global Pictures: Formalist Strategies in the Era of New Media". 
Postmodern Culture. Vol.25, No.2, 2015.

“A Discrepant Conjuncture: Feminist Theorizing Across Media Cultures”.
Ada: A Journal of Gender, New Media, and Technology, No.1, 2012.

“Poetic Resistance and the Classroom Without Guarantees”. Theory & Event. Vol.15, No.3. Supplement. Autumn 2012.

“Visual Currencies: Documenting India’s Red Light Districts”. Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society. Vol.37, No.1, Autumn 2011, 109-132.


"Moving Images in Contemporary Media Analysis". Cahier des Fellow de l'IMéRA. November 2017.

"Full Service in a Minor Key: Cyrill Lachauer in the American West". Full Service. Museum Villa Stuck, Munich. Exhibition Catalogue, 2015.

"Object Attachments: The Indexical Form in Feminist Art". Brooklyn Rail. September 2014.

“Curriculum Guide: !Women Art Revolution”. In !W.A.R. Lynn Hershman-Leeson, Alexandra Chowaniec & Spain Rodriguez. 2010.

From Local to Global: Making Peace Work for Women. Krista Lynes & Gina Torry (Eds.). New York: The NGO Working Group on Women, Peace and Security, 2005.

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