Category Asian Studies

Julia Adeney Thomas: Nuclear Pain and Humanitarian Photography

Humanities Forum
Nuclear Pain and Humanitarian Photography: Morizumi Takashi, the Gulf Wars, and Fukushima
Julia Adeney Thomas, Associate Professor of History, University of Notre Dame
Wednesday, November 15, 4 – 5:30 p.m.
Albin O. Kuhn Library Gallery

Can photography help us see suffering and end nuclear destruction? Linking three moments of atomic calamity — the Hiroshima atomic bombing, the uranium-tipped weapons in the First Gulf War, and the Fukushima nuclear plant meltdown — photographer Morizumi Takashi’s images attempt to find aesthetic leverage against the nuclearization of war and energy. This lecture explores the ethics of sight and how humanitarian efforts are both enabled and circumscribed by the shifting situations in which a photographer works. (Click heading for full description.)