War photography has been an influential phenomenon in Western culture since its beginnings in the mid-19th century.
Cultural historian Dr. Anna Topolska will give the lecture “The Ethics and Aesthetics of War Photography: From 19th Century Wars to the War in Ukraine” at 12:30 p.m. on Tuesday, November 15 at the University Galleries of the Illinois State University.
After the lecture, there will be a conversation with Maryna Teplova, Ph.D. studying English at Illinois State. The event is free and open to the public.
The event is sponsored by the Illinois State Department of English, Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program (WGSS), Department of History, College of Arts and sciences and university galleries. The event is organized by Ela Przybyło, Assistant Professor of English and WGSS faculty member.
Dr. Anna Topolska
Topolska is a cultural historian of modern Eastern Europe, specializing in visual studies and memory studies and a Polish-English translator of texts in the humanities. She was educated both in Poland at Adam Mickiewicz University and in the United States at the University of Michigan. His research interests focus on war photography, memorials and museums, trauma and visual rhetoric. She has published on the visual dimensions of the Balkan conflict, the Vietnam War, World War II and the Poznań protests in 1956.
Teplova is a doctoral student and graduate teaching assistant in the Department of English at Illinois State University. Before being admitted to the doctorate. program, Teplova worked as a senior instructor at the English Department of O. Honchar Dnipropetrovsk National University in Dnipro, Ukraine. She is an alumnus of United States Department of State exchange programs, such as the US Study Institute in American Civilization with New York University and Partners in Education with Chico State University. She has conducted teacher development workshops for English teachers in Ukraine.