Moving Images: Psychoanalytically Informed Methods in Documenting the Lives of Women Migrants and Asylum-Seekers

Silver Science Lecture by Janice Haaken
Tuesday, October 23, 2012
6:30 PM
James Room, 4th Floor Barnard Hall

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Many contemporary feminist projects attempt to subvert the male gaze by “bearing witness” to female trauma through visual representation. Yet these projects have tended to be under-theorized. Since visual images invoke the spectator’s experience of unmediated access to the inner world of the subject, the evocative power of photographic images may readily reproduce forms of voyeurism. This under-theorization becomes particularly problematic in projects that document the lives of migratory and marginalized women. Informed by psychoanalytic-feminist film theory, critical psychology, and social action research methods, Janice Haaken, professor emerita of psychology at Portland State University, discusses her recent projects based on visual methods, including a study carried out with women asylum-seekers in the UK.

This event is sponsored by The Barnard Center for Research on Women. For more information, visit

Oct. 23, 2012 - 6:30 PM