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Panivong Norindr

Associate Professor of French and Italian and Comparative Literature

Contact Information
Phone: (213) 740-0102
Office: THH 161



Ph.D. Romance Languages and Literatures, Princeton University, 10/1990
M.A. Romance Languages and Literatures, Princeton University, 5/1985
B.S. Biochemistry & French, State University of New York--Stony Brook, 5/1983

Description of Research

Summary Statement of Research Interests

Postcolonial theory, film, and cultural studies. French colonial ideology in architecture, film and literature in Indochina.

Research Specialties

Professor Norindr's areas of research include comparative literature, postcolonial theory, contemporary French studies and French and Southeast Asian cinema.

Conferences and Other Presentations

Conference Presentations

"The Force of the Image: History, Trauma, and Filmwork in Rithy Panh’s Movies", Text, Ritual, Performance Graduate Student Conference, Keynote Lecture, Paper, UC-RIverside, UC-Riverside, Invited, 06/05/2015  
"Loin du Vietnam à Besançon: Deterritorializing Vietnam and Fighting Capital", 20th/21st Century French & Francophone Studies International Colloquium, Talk/Oral Presentation, Refereed Paper, The Graduate Center/ City University of New York, Columbia University/ CUNY/ NYU, 03/07/2014  
"The Fantasies of Sustainable Tourism in Laos: Luang Prabang, World Heritage Site, Ecotourist Destination and Queer City", Tourist Utopias, Talk/Oral Presentation, Paper, Macau, China, University o Macau, Invited, 04/11/2013-04/13/2013  
""’Un homme est mort’: Graphic and Filmic Traces of French Militant Activism in 1950s France." ", 20th and 21st Century French and Francophone Studies International Colloquium. , Talk/Oral Presentation, Refereed Paper, Atlanta, Georgia Institute of Technology , 03/28/2013-03/30/2013  
""On History, French Colonialism and Immigration: the Politics of Memory and Forgetting and the Cité Nationale de l’Histoire de l’Immigration." ", International Conference on " Objects, Memory, and Cultural Identity in (Re)Construction." , Lecture/Seminar, Abstract, Taiwan, Feng Chia University, Invited, 06/26/2008-06/29/2008  

Other Presentations

""On the Archeological and Memorializing Cinema of Rithy Panh"", [invited lecture] Diaspora and Asian Cinema" Series, National Sun Yat-sen University, Taiwan, 06/23/2008  


Book Chapter

Norindr, P. (2012). "L’apparition de l’industrie cinématographique laotienne.". Le Cinéma d’Asie du Sud-Est. pp. 236-242. Lyon: Asieexpo Edition.
Norindr, P. (2009). "Ho Chi Minh: On the Margin of French Political Culture.". pp. 102-114. Liverpool: Liverpool University Press.
Norindr, P. (2008). "Angkor filmée: De l'exotisme à l'identité nationale.". pp. 136-150. Paris: Les Editions Autrement.
Norindr, P. (2008). "Enlisting Early Cinema in the Service of "la plus grande France.". pp. 109-117. New Barnet: John Libbey Publishing Ltd..
Norindr, P. (2006). "The Fascination for Angkor Wat and the Ideology of the Visible. pp. 54-70. London, UK / New York, NY: Routledge.
Norindr, P. (2006). "Vietnam: Chronicles of Old and New.". pp. p.45-57. Oxford, United Kingdom: Contemporary Asian Cinema: Popular Culture in a Global Frame/Berg Publishers.
Norindr, P. (2006). The Fascination for Angkor and the Ideology of the Visible. pp. p.54-70. London, UK / New York, NY: Routledge.
Norindr, P. (2005). Vietnam. (Vol. p. 110). London, UK / New York, NY: Routledge.
Norindr, P. (2004). “‘La Trace Lumière’: Early Cinema and Colonial Propaganda in French Indochina.”. pp. p. 329-339.. Lausanne, Switzerland: Le Cinématographe, nouvelle technologie du XXe siècle/Payot.
Norindr, P. (2001). “The Postcolonial Cinema of Lam Le: Screens, the Sacred, and the Unhomely in Poussière d’empire.”. pp. p. 143-157. New York: Of Vietnam: Identities in Dialogue/Palgrave.
Norindr, P. (1996). "La plus grande France: French Cultural Identity and Nation-Building under Mitterrand". pp. p. 233-258.. Minneapolis, MN: Identity Papers: Scenes of Contested Nationhood in 20th Century France/University of Minnesota Press.
Norindr, P. (1996). "Filmic Memorial and Colonial Blues: Indochina in Contemporary French Cinema. pp. p. 120-146.. Austin, Texas: Cinema, Colonialism, Postcolonialism: Perspectives from the French and Francophone World/University of Texas Press.
Norindr, P. (1995). "L'Indochinois dans l'imaginaire occidental". (Vol. 33-38.). Paris, France: Nous et l'Autre: Scènes et Types./Syros.
Norindr, P. (1994). "'Coming Home' on The Fourth of July: Constructing Immigrant Identities". pp. p. 233-250.. Displacements: Cultural Identity in Question/Indiana University Press.

Journal Article

Norindr, P. (2012). "The Cinematic Practice of a ‘Cinéaste Ordinaire’: Abdellatif Kechiche and French Political Cinema.". Contemporary French and Francophone Studies. Vol. 16 (1), pp. 55-68.
Norindr, P. (2011). "The Sounds of Everyday Life in Rithy Panh’s Documentaries.". French Forum. Vol. 35 (2-3), pp. 181-190.
Norindr, P. (2009). "Incorporating Indigenous Soldiers in the Space of the French Nation: Rachid Bouchareb’s Indigènes.". Yale French Studies. Vol. 115, pp. 126-140.
Norindr, P. (2008). "On Photography, History and Affect: Re-Narrating the Political Life of a Laotian Subject.". Historical Reflexions. Vol. 34 (1), pp. 89-103.
Norindr, P. (2004). “Edward Said’s Legacy for French and Francophone Studies.”. Francophone Postcolonial Studies/Society for Francophone Postcolonial Studies. Vol. Vol 2.2, pp. pp.69-74..
Norindr, P. (2001). “Aestheticizing Urban Space: Modernity in Postcolonial Hanoi and Saigon.”. L’Esprit Créateur/Department of French, University of Minnesota. Vol. Vol. XLI (Fall 2001), pp. 73-87..
Norindr, P. (1999). "Mourning, Memorials, and Filmic Traces: Reinscribing the 'Corps Étrangers’ and Unknown Soldiers in Bertrand Tavernier's Films. Studies in Twentieth Century Literature/University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Vol. Vol. 23.1 (Winter 1999), pp. 117-141..
Norindr, P. (1997). "'Popularizing' French Culture: The Bibliotheque de France.". Sites: The Journal of Contemporary French Studies/Taylor & Francis. Vol. Vol. 1 (Spring 1997), pp. 93-108.
Norindr, P. (1995). "Representing Indochina: The French Colonial Phantasmatic and the Exposition Internationale Coloniale de Paris.". French Cultural Studies/Sage Publications. Vol. Vol. 6.16 (February 1995), pp. 35-60..
Norindr, P. (1993). "Errances" and Memories in Marguerite Duras's Colonial Cities.". Differences: A Journal of Feminist Cultural Studies. Vol. Vol. 5.3, pp. pp. 52-79..

Honors and Awards

University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, Fellow at the Center for Twentieth Century Studies, 1996-1997  
Fellow at the Institute for Research in the Humanities at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, 1992-1993  
University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, Fellow at the Center for Twentieth Century Studies, 1990-1991  

Service to the Profession

Editorships and Editorial Boards

Editorial Board Member, Nouvelles Etudes Francophones, 2004-  
Editorial Board Member, Contemporary French and Francophone Studies, 2003-  

Professional Offices

Western United States Regional Delegate, Modern Language Association, 12/27/2009-01/15/2012  

Professional Memberships

Modern Language Association, 1988-2012  
American Comparative Literature Association, 2010-2011   
DOMITOR, 2001-2007  
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