Krista Lynes

Director of the Feminist Media Studio

Associate Professor in Communication Studies, Concordia University

Canada Research Chair in Feminist Media Studies

2007 – PhD History of Consciousness, University of California, Santa Cruz

Lynes examines the role contemporary art, experimental and documentary media, social movement media play, 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 various contexts around the world. 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.


Moving Images: Mediating Migration as Crisis. Bielefeld: Transcript Verlag. (co-edited with Tyler Morgenstern & Ian Alan Paul)


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


Book Chapters:

“”SOPHIA: The language of ‘trafficking’ and the mediation of gendered migration” in Moving Images: Mediating Migration as Crisis. Bielefeld: Transcript Verlag.

“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). Oxford Handbook of Feminist Theory. Mary Hawkesworth and Lisa Jane Disch (Editors). Oxford: Oxford University Press.

“On the Ground: Media in Conflict Zones” in Space (Re)Solutions: Intervention and Research in Visual Culture. Peter Mortenbock & Helge Mooshammer, eds. Transcript Verlag.



“Decolonizing Corporeality: Teresa Margolles’s Lively Corpses” Social Text, Vol.37, No.4.

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

“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.

“Global Pictures: Formalist Strategies in the Era of New Media”. Postmodern Culture. Matthew Tierney and Mathias Nilges, Editors. Special issue: Medium, Immediacy, Intermediality. 25:2.

“A Discrepant Conjuncture: Feminist Theorizing Across Media Cultures” in ADA: Journal of Gender, New Media and Technology. Issue 1 (November 2012).

“Poetic Resistance and the Classroom without Guarantees” in Theory & Event. Vol.15, Issue 3 (Supplement)

“Visual Currencies: Documenting India’s Red-Light Districts” in 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’” in Third Text. Vol.24, No.5: 597-610.



Stubborn Objects: Counter-Surveillance in a Post-Human Landscape. Feminist Media Studio. In association with the HTMlles Festival: Terms of Privacy.

World of Matter: Exposing Resource Ecologies. Co-organized with Michèle Thériault.  Leonard & Bina Ellen Gallery.

Unruly Subjects. Co-organized with Alan deSouza. Swell Gallery, San Francisco Art Institute.