Panivong Norindr

Associate Professor of French and Italian and Comparative Literature
Panivong Norindr
Pronouns He / Him / His Email Office THH 161 Office Phone (213) 740-0102

Research & Practice Areas

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


  • 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
  • Summary Statement of Research Interests

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

  • Conference Presentations

    • “Cosmic Intensities: Scoring Lam Lê’s Poussière d’empire.” Hear Viêt Film , Symposium on Music in Trans-Vietnamese Film Talk/Oral Presentation, UCLA Center for Musical Humanities , Invited, Los Angeles, 10/21/2022 – 10/22/2022
    • “Anna Moï and the Predicament of the Postcolonial Writer” , Visibilité, invisibilité des femmes de lettres françaises ou francophones SymposiumTalk/Oral Presentation, USC/Université de Paris-Marne la Vallée, USC, 04/19/2018 – 04/20/2018
    • “Political Cinema/ Militant Cinema in the Wake of May 68: The Formal Experimentations of Cinélutte” , 20th and 21st Century French and Francophone Studies International ColloquiumTalk/Oral Presentation, Brown University, Providence, RI, 04/12/2018 – 04/14/2018
    • “Spatial Politics in Rithy Panh’s Un Barrage contre le Pacifique” , Southeast Asian Cinemas Research SymposiumTalk/Oral Presentation, UCLA, Invited, Los Angeles, 04/28/2017 – 04/29/2017
    • “Malraux en Amérique” , Colloque “Malraux aujourd’hui.” Talk/Oral Presentation, Sciences-Po, Invited, Paris, France, 11/23/2016 – 11/24/2016
    • The Force of the Image: History, Trauma, and Filmwork in Rithy Panh’s Movies , Text, Ritual, Performance Graduate Student ConferenceKeynote Lecture, UC-Riverside, Invited, UC-RIverside, 06/05/2015
    • Loin du Vietnam à Besançon: Deterritorializing Vietnam and Fighting Capital , 20th/21st Century French & Francophone Studies International ColloquiumTalk/Oral Presentation, Columbia University/ CUNY/ NYU, The Graduate Center/ City University of New York, 03/07/2014
    • The Fantasies of Sustainable Tourism in Laos: Luang Prabang, World Heritage Site, Ecotourist Destination and Queer City , Tourist UtopiasTalk/Oral Presentation, University o Macau, Invited, Macau, China, 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, Georgia Institute of Technology , Atlanta, 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, Feng Chia University, Invited, Taiwan, 06/26/2008 – 06/29/2008

    Other Presentations

    • “On the Archeological and Memorializing Cinema of Rithy Panh”, [invited lecture] Diaspora and Asian Cinema” Series, Taiwan, 2007-2008
  • Book Chapters

    • 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. (2018). “The Future of Lao Cinema: The New Wave”. Visual Anthropology. Vol. 31 (1-2), pp. 14-33.
    • Norindr, P. (2017). “André Malraux écrivain (post)colonial”. Présence d’André Malraux. (14), pp. 178-189.
    • 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..
    • 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
  • Other Service to the University

    • NEH funded curriculum, “Images out of Time: Visual and Material Culture in a Digital Age”. Core Project Faculty, 08/2022 – 07/2025
  • 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