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Syracuse University, College of Arts and Sciences

Roger Hallas

Hallas portrait

Associate Professor


Women's and Gender Studies

LGBTQ Studies

South Asian Studies

433 Hall of Languages



After completing a BA in Modern Languages at Oxford University, Roger Hallas came stateside to pursue graduate studies at New York University, where he got his MA and PhD in Cinema Studies. He specializes in documentary media, LGBT studies, and visual culture. His two books have examined how visual culture performs mediated acts of bearing witness to historical trauma. The first book,The Image and the Witness: Trauma, Memory, and Visual Culture (Wallflower, 2007), which he co-edited with Frances Guerin, analyzes how different visual media inscribe acts of witnessing and how the image itself can serve as witness to historical trauma. The second book, Reframing Bodies: AIDS, Bearing Witness, and the Queer Moving Image (Duke UP, 2009), illuminates the capacities of queer film and video to bear witness to the cultural, political, and psychological imperatives of the AIDS crisis. He teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in documentary media, film theory, world cinema, visual culture, and LGBT studies. He is currently working on a book about the relationship between documentary film and photography. He was also named the 2011 Judith Greenberg Seinfeld Distinguished Faculty Fellow at Syarcuse University. With Professor Tula Goenka (Newhouse), he co-directs the Syracuse University Human Rights Film Festival held annually in September.

During the academic year 2016-17, Roger Hallas will be a Syracuse University Humanities Center Faculty Fellow from Arts and Sciences and a George A. and Eliza Gardner Howard Foundation Fellow.


Areas of Supervision

Film studies
Documentary studies
Photography studies
Visual culture
LGBT studies
Trauma studies
Experimental film and video

Recent Courses

English Undergraduate:
ETS154 Interpretation of Film
ETS340 Cinema and the Documentary Idea
ETS350 National and Postcolonial Cinema
ETS360 Documenting Sexualities
ETS410 World Cinema

English Graduate:
ENG630 Film Theory
ENG630 Visual Culture
ENG730 Film, Photography and the Documentary Idea
ENG730 Visual Cultures of Witnessing

LGBT Studies Undergraduate:
QSX111 Queer Histories, Communities and Politics
QSX112 Sexualities, Genders, Bodies


On Storytelling

(Sept. 18, 2018)

A Q&A with Syracuse Symposium participants Tere Paniagua, Roger Hallas, Tula Goenka

Human Rights Film Festival Illuminates Stories of Freedom, Justice

(Sept. 14, 2018)

Syracuse Symposium Continues "Stories" Theme with 16th annual SUHRFF

Reflections of Excellence

(April 25, 2017)

Humanities Center fellowships underscore University commitment to high-impact research

English Professor Awarded Howard Foundation Fellowship

(Nov. 17, 2016)

Hallas to use grant to complete book exploring the intersection between photography and a documentary film

Film & Screen Studies Eye 'Cast Changes' at Syracuse

(Oct. 1, 2015)

New program convener Roger Hallas builds on momentum generated by founder Steven Cohan