Thy Phu: Warring Visions: Photography and the Vietnam Conflict
October 23 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Online–link coming soon
Join us for a virtual lecture with Thy Phu (Western University) for “Warring Visions: Photography and the Vietnam Conflict.” Although it’s often observed that the Vietnam War was fought in pictures, the most iconic images were produced by the western press—images that usually shore up accounts of American experiences and perspectives. Largely missing from the voluminous histories of this war are photos by the Vietnamese, not to mention consideration of Vietnamese experiences. This talk broadens approaches to the visual mediation of the Vietnam conflict by exploring how the camera was deployed to serve ideological purposes not just by the western press, but also by other sides. Focusing on the contributions of Vietnamese photographers, I trace the connections and disconnections between these warring visions, and explain the role of photos in struggles to secure the moral resolve, political allegiance, and cultural memory of viewers.
About the Speaker
Thy Phu is Professor in the Department of English and Writing Studies at Western University in Canada, where she teaches cultural studies and American literature. She is co-author of Picturing Model Citizens: Civility in Asian American Visual Culture (Temple University Press, 2012) and co-editor of Feeling Photography (Duke University Press, 2014). Her most recent book, Warring Visions of Vietnam, is under contract at Duke University Press. Currently, she serves as Principal Investigator on The Family Camera Network, a collaborative project that historicizes domestic images in the contexts of mobility, displacement, and diaspora.