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

Krista Lynes’s research examines the intersections of video art, documentary, and independent film in making visible emergent feminist political subjects, as well as multiple visions of social life under conditions of duress, political struggle, disenfranchisement or exploitation. Her focus on the politics of visibility engages feminist and queer theories, theories of the body and gender (as articulated in and through contemporary art and media), postcolonial and transnational examinations of culture (nationalism, belonging, border politics), questions of witnessing, spectatorship and encounter. She is currently working on two research projects: the first examines the aesthetics of ‘groundedness’ in representations of popular struggle and protest; the second representations of blood ties, blood, and kinship structures under the conditions of globalization and transnational migration.


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


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). 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.



“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.