Concordia University

Krista Geneviève Lynes, PhD

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

Office: L-CJ 4221 
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

MSc, Gender Studies, London School of Economics & Political Science

BA, English Literature/Political Science (Double Major), McGill University

Areas of research

Examines the intersections of video art and documentary in making visible feminist political subjects, as well as multiple visions of social life under conditions of duress, political struggle, human rights abuse or super-exploitation. Her focus on the politics of visibility engages feminist and queer theories, questions of embodiment, gender and sexuality, postcolonial and transnational examinations of culture, questions of witnessing, spectatorship and encounter, psychoanalysis and semiotics. She is currently working on the aesthetics of ‘groundedness’ in representations of popular struggle and protest, as well as on the charge of indexicality in political art practice.


COMS411: Sexuality & Public Discourse
COMS415: Advanced Topics in the Photographic Image
(Visible Evidence & the Photographic Imaginary; The Portrait & the Type)
COMS463: Semiotics

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

COMS888: Discourses of the Body

Teaching activities

Graduate supervision (past and present)

Momoko Allard (PhD), “Ethics of Visual Representation in Independent Pornography”
Rébecca Lavoie (PhD), “Rearticulating Politics Through Art, and Vice-Versa: Feminist Video and Film Practices”
Dayna McLeod (PhD), “Mid-Life Crisis in Performance Art: Over 40 Feminist Artists Using the Body”
Katerina Symes (PhD), “Productive Re-Imaginings: Representation, Identification, Desire”
Celia Vara (PhD), “Feminist Video Art in Spain and Latin America: Stories and Connections”

Sasha Langford (MA), “The Unsettled Subject: Psychoanalysis, (Neo)Colonialism, and the Visuality of Territory in British Columbia, 2003-2013″
Tyler Morgenstern (MA), “Surviving Visibility/Surviving Visibly: Excessive Bodies, Digital Art, and the Livable Life”
Anna Pringle (MA), “A Media Ecology of the Reaper Drone”
Katerina Symes (MA, 2013), “Eccentricity, Spectatorial Desire, and The L Word: Toward a Theory of Identification”

Selected publications


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

Book chapters

“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.


"Global Pictures: Formalist Strategies in the Era of New Media". Postmodern Culture. [forthcoming]

“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.

“Perversions of Modesty: Lars Von Trier’s The Five Obstructions and ‘The Most Miserable Place on Earth’”. Third Text. Vol.24, No.5, September 2010, 597-610.

"Grounded Visions: Reflections on the Expanded Field of War's Visual Culture" media-N. Vol.5, No.2, Summer 2009.


"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.

“A Present Which is not a Transition: TV Buddha and ‘Asia Effects’”. Asia Effects in New Media. Gwangju Biennale 2006: Fever Variations. Exhibition Catalogue, 2006.

“North/South Heterotopias: Mina Cheon’s Half Moon Eyes”. New York Arts. Vol.10. No. 5/6, May/June 2005.

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.

“Geobodies and Heterotopias: The Installations of Mina Cheon” in Dizz/placement. Exhibition Catalogue for Mina Cheon Solo Exhibition at the Insa Art Space, Seoul, South Korea, 2005.

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