Kaja Silverman

Professor Emerita

Kaja Silverman is Emerita Professor of Rhetoric and Film & Media, and the author of eight books: James ColemanWorld SpectatorsSpeaking About GodardThe Threshold of the Visual WorldMale Subjectivity at the MarginsThe Acoustic MirrorThe Female Voice in Psychoanalysis and CinemaThe Subject of Semiotics; and Flesh of My Flesh. She retired from UC Berkeley in June 2010. She is currently the Keith L. and Katherine Sachs Chair of Contemporary Art at the History of Art Department, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA 19104.

Silverman’s writing and teaching are focused primarily on phenomenology, psychoanalysis, photography, time-based visual art and literature, but she continues to write about and teach courses on cinema, and she has both a developing interest in painting, and an ongoing commitment to feminist theory. She is in the middle of writing a book about photography, called “The Miracle of Analogy.”

PhD, Brown

Research interests: 

Feminist theory, Psychoanalysis, Film theory, Cultural studies, Designated emphasis in women, gender, and sexuality