Concordia University

Krista Geneviève Lynes, PhD

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

Christophe Delory


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

Lynes examines contemporary art, experimental and social movement media in making visible feminist political subjects, as well as multiple visions of social life under conditions of political struggle. 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, questions of witnessing, spectatorship and encounter. Her current research project seeks to understand the multiple and contradictory ‘grounded perspectives’ that constitute the visual culture of migrant struggles in Europe. 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 research examines both the historical antecedents of contemporary socially-engaged film and media practice, and the mediation of migrant struggles in Europe in the 20th and 21st centuries. She is also working on a side project on the mediation of kinship under the conditions of global movement. 


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)

Momoko Allard (Research-creation PhD), “Creating Ethical Space for Visual Pleasure: Emerging Representational Practices in Independent Pornography”
Fanny Gravel-Patry (PhD), "Digital Native Informants: An Intersectional Analysis of the Visual Presence of Black Lives Matter and the Syrian Refugee Crisis on Facebook"
Rébecca Lavoie (Research-creation PhD), “Rearticulating Politics Through Art, and Vice-Versa: Feminist Video and Film Practices”
Dayna McLeod (Research-creation PhD), “Mid-Life Crisis in Performance Art: Over 40 Feminist Artists Using the Body”
Sanaz Sohrabi (Research-creation PhD), "The spectator, too, is inside the image: Proliferation, development, and replacement of different modes of image making in Iran"
Katerina Symes (PhD), “Productive Re-Imaginings: Representation, Identification, Desire”
Celia Vara (PhD), “Feminist Video Art in Spain and Latin America: Stories and Connections”

Ariane Charbonneau (MA), "How does romance impact kinship in science-fiction manga?"
Hunter Loubert (MA), "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


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

Book chapters

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

“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.


Book Review: "Trinh T. Minh-ha, Lovecidal: Walking with the Disappeared." philoSOPHIA. Vol.7, Issue 2, Winter 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.

“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.


"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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