Janet Walker

Professor of Film & Media Studies
Chair of Film & Media Studies


1987 Ph.D., UCLA Film and TV Study


OFFICE

2314 Social Sciences & Media Studies
(SSMS)

E-MAIL

jwalker@filmandmedia.ucsb.edu

FIELD

Documentary film and media; film historiography; feminism and film theory; trauma and memory; media and environment


SHORT BIO

Janet Walker (PhD, 1987, UCLA) is Professor of Film and Media Studies and an affiliated faculty member of the Department of Feminist Studies and the Comparative Literature Program. 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 co-organized the 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.

Walker is the recipient of a Mellon Sawyer Seminar grant for the project "Energy Justice in Global Perspective" (2017-2019) with UCSB Professors Javiera Barandiaran, Mona Damluji, Stephan Miescher, and David Pellow; and of a short-term residency grant (2017) for travel to the Rachel Carson Center in Munich, Germany to work with colleagues on the development of the journal Media + Environment. She received the Distinguished Teaching Award from UCSB in 2001.

 

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Sustainable Media: Critical Approaches to Media and Environment

Edited by Nicole Starosielski and Janet Walker
Routledge
2016


Couching Resistance:
Women, Film, and Psychoanalytic
Psychiatry

by Janet Walker (Author)
University of Minnesota Press
1993




Feminism and Documentary

by Diane Waldman (Editor), Janet Walker (Editor)
University of Minnesota Press
1999




Trauma Cinema:
Documenting Incest and the Holocaust

by Janet Walker (Author)
University of California Press
2005



Documentary Testimonies
Global Archives of Suffering

Edited by Bhaskar Sarkar, Janet Walker
Routledge
2010