Roger Hallas 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.
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.