Professor, Communication Studies
Canada Research Chair in Feminist Media Studies
Director, Feminist Media Studio
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)
Lynes examines the role contemporary art, experimental media, and infrastructures play in mediating social life under conditions of political struggle or precarity. They have analyzed media interventions in times of war, occupation and crisis, as well as conditions of systematic disenfranchisement and vulnerability in and through bordering regimes. Their focus on the politics of visibility engages feminist and queer theories, feminist STS, critical race studies, postcolonial and transnational examinations of culture, and theories of embodied subjectivity.
Their current research project Greenhouse Effects: The Mediation of Life and the Migration of Labor, seeks to explore how greenhouses have been a central infrastructure for the racialized, classed, and gendered global movement of humans, plants, animals, knowledge and culture over the last several centuries and today. In understanding greenhouses as media, they turn their attention to Victorian wardian cases and Kew Gardens, Canadian temporary foreign worker programs, the research hub of Food Valley in the Netherlands, speculative capital investment in Kentucky, media partnerships in Japan, and the "sea of plastic" in Southern Spain. Another dimension to their research focuses on artistic and activist speculative work for imaging and imagining more just, decolonial, and sustainable futures. An early speculative work on this project can be found here.
They are also working with other members of the Feminist Media Studio on a SSHRC funded project entitled "Necessary Feminisms". This project has two axes: Resisting Displacement (a collective interrogation into the political and aesthetic strategies for resisting displacement across migrant justice, Palestinian liberation, Indigenous decolonization and housing justice movements); and Real Sanctuary (a speculative imaginary project to create an archive of strategies and sources for flourishing and refuge).
COMS411: Sexuality & Public Discourse: How does sexuality become an object of public discourse? While we may assume that sexuality constitutes what is most private about ourselves and our intimate relations, this course examines the ties that bind sexuality to the public sphere, to culture, power, ideology, and fantasy. Through the disciplines of feminism and queer theory, this course examines how sexuality and public discourse are co-constituted—how public life frequently takes as its task the regulation of sexuality and, conversely, how sexuality eroticizes social relations, relations frequently marked by power and knowledge.
COMS415: Advanced Topics in the Photographic Image: This course asks the questions: How is the body captured by or placed in the photograph? Who takes the picture? Who is and is not seen? What is privileged within the field of vision? While we will start from the assumption that photography put into play a whole series of questions, crises, and practices of looking, of (stereo)typing, of representing and knowing, the course will not dwell too much in this repressive history. Guided instead by Ariella Azoulay’s powerful insights in The Social Contract of Photography, we will think about how to see, hear, and listen to photographs otherwise, as a practice with a powerful potential to make demands or build solidarity.
COMS463: Semiotics: Semiotics takes as its subject the problem of meaning: the formal processes by which something (a word, an image, a sound) comes to stand for something else (an idea, concept, object). What are the particular operations that construct meaning? How do they become naturalized: the words we use without thinking about them, the advertising images that are grasped in the flash of an eye, the news reportage that worlds the world for us, or the iconic figures that galvanize public aspirations? Students will be invited to become mythologists: reading culture with a differential eye, dissecting and analyzing the images that surround us, the stories we tell, the organization of culture. The work of semiotic analysis will open a toolbox for moving beneath the surface of things, to understand signs in relation to others, their force and circulation, and their poetics.
Polyakov-Alvarez type comparison formulas for determinants of Laplacians on Riemann surfaces with conical singularities, J. Funct. Anal. (2020), 44 pp., open access before Jan 13: https://authors.elsevier.com/a/1c7mS51yEXuJS,
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