This event will be presented in-person and on Zoom.
In person location: Stephen Robert Hall, Room 101 (280 Brook Street)
The Dr. Jean Shim Yun Lecture Series spotlights scholarly research focused on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. Each year, the Series invites groundbreaking academics and artists to campus to enrich conversations of race, ethnicity, and identity, particularly in context of the immigrant experience.
Unseeing Empire: Photography and Representation in South Asian America
Bakirathi Mani, Professor of English Literature at Swarthmore College and Co-Director of the Tri-College Asian American Studies Program
Professor Bakirathi Mani will present her ongoing research into the long-lasting effects of colonial conquest on South Asian-American visual cultures. Weaving close readings of fine art together with archival research and ethnographic fieldwork, Mani explores tensions between visibility/invisibility, surveillance histories of photography, and how new artists are navigating these competing aspects in their work.
This event is moderated by Daniel Kim, Professor of English at Brown University.