Room 407 Cathedral of Learning
The Film and Media Studies Speaker Series presents “Media, Mapping, Surveillance, and Survivance: Standing with Standing Rock,” a lecture by Janet Walker (UC Santa Barbara).
Janet Walker is Professor of Film and Media Studies at University of California Santa Barbara. She is also co-convenor of the Environmental Media Initiative Research Group of the Carsey-Wolf Center. With research specializations including documentary film and media, trauma and memory studies, and media and environment, Walker is author or editor of six books and numerous published essays. From a feminist perspective, Couching Resistance: Women, Film, and Psychoanalytic Psychiatry (1993) analyzes psychoanalytic journal literature, marriage manuals, pharmaceutical ads, and of course movies to contribute to our sense of the historical formation of varieties of psychological thought and of the ideological battles that attended their diffusion into popular culture. Trauma Cinema: Documenting Incest and the Holocaust (2005) theorizes a modality of filmic representation by drawing, once again, from a scholarly framework and cultural purview: in this case, the arena of interdisciplinary trauma studies and the heated debates or “memory wars” of the 1990s about the nature of evidence and the vicissitudes of memory. Her penultimate book, co-edited with Bhaskar Sarkar, is Documentary Testimonies: Global Archives of Suffering (2010). Turning towards spatial media studies, Walker is co-organizer of the 2012-13 theme, “Figuring Sea Level Rise,” of the campus’s Critical Issues in America series and then went on to co-edit with Nicole Starosielski the book Sustainable Media: Critical Approaches to Media and Environment (2016). Her current book-in-progress concerns site-specific media, mapping, and the environment.