The Northrop Frye Centre Presents:

Will Fysh Seminar


Light in the Shadow of Empire: Visual Witnessing in the Era of French Decolonization

Thursday, March 29, 2018 at 4:00pm

Will Fysh, NFC Doctoral Fellow 
VC102, Old Vic, 91 Charles st. West

What does it mean to bear witness and how do we account for its cultural currency? If a mediatized, globalized “era of the witness” emerged in the mid-twentieth century, how and why did the camera make that happen? Examining colonial and anticolonial desires to transform spectators into witnesses in response to World War Two and the struggles of French decolonization, Will Fysh shows how photographers, filmmakers, television figures, journalists, civil servants and missionaries strove to envision new futures out of the spectacular realities of the past. 

Will Fysh is a PhD candidate in the Department of History. His research interests lie in French colonialism and decolonization, the legacies of the Holocaust, and histories of visual media.