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Suzanne Barnard, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
McAnulty College and Graduate School of Liberal Arts

213 Rockwell Hall
Phone: 412.396.6511


Postdoc, Philosophical Psychology, Georgetown University
Ph. D., Clinical Psychology, Loyola University of Chicago
Internship, Clinical Psychology, University of Utah

Suzanne Barnard is an Associate Professor of Psychology at Duquesne University, filmmaker, and licensed clinical psychologist. She received her Ph. D. from Loyola University of Chicago (Clinical Psychology), and completed postdoctoral studies at Georgetown University. She is coeditor, with Bruce Fink, of Reading Lacan's Seminar XX, and has published widely on Lacanian, French feminist, and Foucauldian approaches to the body and subjectivity. She also writes in film theory (currently focused on Deleuzean approaches to cinema, affect and subjectivity), and has presented on the film work of Pedro Costa, Ben Russell, and John Akomfrah. Her research engages psychology, philosophy, film, and ethnography, and she has taught courses on Deleuze and collaborative aesthetics, on psychology, migration and "slow cinema," and on the posthuman in science fiction film.

She received a grant from Duquesne's Center for African Studies to create and teach a course on global identities and African cinema, in tandem with which she also curated an African Film Series in Spring 2015. She has been a video consultant for The REP Professional Theatre Company (Pittsburgh). Her film work has been supported by the Heinz Foundation, Binaural Media, Women and Girls Foundation, and Duquesne University. She is recently the recipient, along with Christopher McCann, of an NEH Endowment Grant for a new film project (working title: "Breath and Folding: An Ethnographic Film on Cosmologies of Air, Light, and Space).

  • Philosophical Psychology : Deleuze, Foucault
  • Psychology, Cinema Theory, and Film Practice
  • Cinephilosophy
  • Collaborative Aesthetics and Social Engagement
  • Lacanian Psychoanalytic Theory
  • French Feminism: Irigaray, Kristeva, Cixous

Recent Publications

Barnard, S. (2015). "Lacanian Psychoanalysis." In E. Neukrug (General Editor.) Encyclopedia of Theory in Counseling and Psychotherapy, Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Barnard, S. (May 8, 2014). "In Reality, We Are Not at Home: Immemorial Time in Cinemas of Migration." International Lisbon Conference on Philosophy and Film:Thinking Reality and Time through Film. Organized by Centro de Filosofia da Universidade de Lisboa, Hosted by Faculty of Letters and Goethe Institut Lisbon.

Borges, S. & Barnard, S. (September 13, 2013). "Collaboration, Memory and Futurity: Filmmaking in Bairro da Quinta da Vitória, Portugal." Invited Lecture, Duquesne University, McAnulty College & Graduate School of Liberal Arts.

Barnard, S. & Borges, S. (July 4, 2013). "Collaborative Aesthetics: A Practice of Filmmaking in Quinta da Vitoria." Invited Lecture, Faculdade de Belas-Artes, Universidade de Lisboa, Lisbon, Portugal.

Barnard, S. (July 26, 2012). Invited Address, Maumaus School of Visual Arts, "Repetition, Language, and Becoming in the Cinema of Pedro Costa," Lisbon, Portugal.

Barnard, S. (June 25, 2011). "Rhythm, Refrain, and Sonic Becoming," Northern European Cinema Society (NECS) Conference on "Sonic Futures," Birkbeck College, University of London.

Barnard, S. (July 11, 2008). "Smoldering Screen: Gaze, Obsession, and Illumination in Lynch's Inland Empire." Obsession and Addiction Conference, Kingston University, London,

Barnard, S. (2006). "The Play's the Thing: Encorps and Other Jouissance." In F. Ensslin (Ed.) Speiltrieb. Was bringt die Klassik auf die Bühne? Schiller's Äesthetic heute. Recherchen, Theater der Zeit, Berlin.

Barnard, S. & Fink, B. (Eds.) (2002). Reading Seminar XX: Lacan's Major Work on Love, Knowledge, and Feminine Sexuality. Albany: SUNY Press. (SUNY Series on Psychoanalysis and Culture)

Other Scholarly Work
Research Interests

I am interested in film's potential to dismantle accepted notions of memory, space, place, and time, and to offer both new means for realizing relations of memory and futurity, and for constructing new subjective, social and material relations to space and place. In this context, I am also interested in the significance of the archive for the construction of subjectivities generally, but also specifically of displaced, marginalized, migratory and/or "nomadic" subjectivities in the context of globalization.

I am interested in African and African Diasporic writings, visual art and films that address questions of identity in contemporary post-colonial, de-colonial, and global contexts.

I am interested in collaborative theory/art practice in the context of ethnographic filmmaking, including sensory ethnographic work in transcultural, multicultural, diasporic, and/or "indigenous" contexts, as well as film work which collaboratively engages both human and "non-human" (e. g., built and natural environments, technologies, cosmological forces) as active participants in the creative process.

Undergraduate Courses

Social Psychology, PSYC 340W

Psychology, Identity, and film: Perspectives from African Cinema, PSYC 335

Psychology of Gender, PSYC 453

Graduate Courses

Philosophical Psychology, PSYC 620, SP12

Courses in areas of research interest
  • Some Sahara in the Brain: Deleuze, Collaboration, Event
  • Psychology, Identity, and Film: Perspectives from African Cinema
  • Psychology and Film: Beyond Fiction and Documentary
  • Inner Space in Outer Space: Science Fiction Film and Posthuman Subjectivities
  • Psychology of Embodiment