Thomas Stubblefield

Thomas Stubblefield

Associate Dean

College of Visual & Performing Arts



College of Visual & Performing Arts 301B





A study of the visual imagery of disaster. This class will consider the role photography, film, painting and sculpture have played in the experience of modern disasters such as the French Commune, the Civil War, WWI, the Holocaust, Hiroshima and 9/11.

Thomas Stubblefield joined the Art History department in the Fall of 2010.  Prior to that, he earned aPh.D. in Visual Studies from the University of California-Irvine and a Masters in Art History from the University of Illinois-Chicago.  He has taught courses in Art History and Film Studies at Laguna College of Art and Design, FIDM, El Camino College, Columbia College Chicago, University of Wisconsin-Parkside, Chicago State University, Facets Film School and the University of California-Irvine. In 2014, he received the Josef Breitenbach Research Fellowship through the University of Arizona’s Center for Creative Photography.

Research Interests:

Professor Stubblefield's research interests include:  the visual culture of disaster, memory, digital-analog discourses, Postmodern aesthetics, theory of photography, film studies, psychoanalysis, critical theory (the Frankfurt school, Post-Structuralism) and the portrait after WWII.

Sample Courses:

  • ARH 105: Visual Imagery: A Critical Introduction
  • ARH 125: Renaissance to Modern Art and Its Antecedents
  • ARH 150: Modern and Contemporary Art
  • ARH 329: Portraiture
  • ARH 390 (Special Topics): Cultural Memory and the Image, The Visual Culture of Disaster, Censorship and 20th century Visual Culture, and Postmodernism.
  • ARH 445: Theory of Photography

Recent Works:

9/11 and the Visual Culture of Disaster. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2014.

Selected Essays:

“In Pursuit of Other Networks:  Drone Art and Accelerationist Aesthetics.”  In Life in the Age of Drones, edited by Caren Kaplan and Lisa Parks, Durham, NC: Duke University Press (under review).

“The City From Afar: Urbanization and the Aerial View in Alvin Coburn's The Octopus.” In Journal of Urban History (forthcoming)

“The Home after Interiority: Postmodernism, Photography and the Domestic Sphere.” In Home: Concepts, Constructions and Contexts, edited by Kathy-Ann Tan and Cecile Sandten, Trier, Germany: Wissenschaftlicher Verlag Trier (forthcoming).

“The Camera as Corrective: Post-Photography, Disaster Networks and the Afterimage of Hurricane Katrina.” In 10 Years After Katrina: Critical Perspectives of the Storm’s Effect on American Culture and Identity, edited by Mary Ruth Marotte and Glenn Jellenik, New York, NY: Rowman and Littlefield, (forthcoming).

"In the Pursuit of an Outside: Art Speigelman's In the Shadow of No Towers and the Crisis of the Unrepresentable." In After NAFTA: Contemporary North American Dystopian Literature.  Edited by Brett Josef Grubisic, Tara Lee and Gisèle M. Baxter , Waterloo, Ontario:  Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 2014. 

“Ars Oblivionalis: Umberto Eco and Erasure.”  In Theorizing Visual Studies: Writing through the Discipline, edited by James Elkins, New York: Routledge, 2013.

“Do Disappearing Monuments Simply Disappear? The Counter-Monument in Revision." Future Anterior 8, no. 2(Winter 2011).

"Two Kinds of Darkness: Jean-Luc Nancy and the Community of Cinema." In Canadian Journal of Film Studies 19, no.2 (2010).

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