BA Comparative Literature, Columbia University, 2000 MA English & Comparative Literature, Columbia University, 2002 Mphil English & Comparative Literature, Columbia University, 2004 PhD English & Comparative Literature, Columbia University, 2008
Lauren Walsh is co-editor of The Future of Text and Image: Collected Essays on Literary and Visual Conjunctures (2012) and The Millennium Villages Project (2016), and photo editor of Macondo: Memories of the Colombian Conflict (2017). Walsh has published in The Los Angeles Review of Books, Photography and Culture, The Romanic Review, The Journal of American History, The New Republic, and Nomadikon, among others, and has articles in numerous anthologies. In addition to her appearances on CNN, Walsh has appeared on radio programs and as an expert on photography in the documentary 9/11: Ten Years Later (2011). Her research concentrates on questions of memory and visual media. She is interested in the politics and ethics of photography, and in exploring intersections of literature and visual culture. Walsh focuses particularly on photojournalism, with a specialty in conflict photography. Her forthcoming book with Bloomsbury Press is called Conversations on Conflict Photography and explores public responses to photographic coverage of war and humanitarian crises. Walsh is Project Editor for Lost Rolls America, a national archive of photography and memory, and runs Gallatin’s Photojournalism Lab.
Teaching and Research Interests
Photography (theory, culture, history of, ethics, in literature); Media studies and critical theory; 20th- and 21st-century literature; Memory studies; Visual culture; War Reportage; Journalism and social activism
Professor Walsh and photographer Ron Haviv's project, the forthcoming documentary film Biography of a Photo, was featured in the fall 2016 issue ofGallatin Today. Their work on the film has taken them to Panama, where they interviewed President Juan Carlos Varela, and to Bosnia, where they spoke with Prime Minister Fadil Novalić.
Walsh curated Macondo: Memories of the Colombia Conflict, which was held in The Gallatin Galleries from December 13, 2016 to January 25, 2017. The show was featured in New York Magazine's Approval Matrix, in the highbrow/brilliant section. The exhibit in the Gallatin Galleries featured the photography of Álvaro Ybarra Zavala and ran through the end of January 2017.
Walsh is a project editor for Lost Rolls America,a national archive of personal photos and personal memories.
Walsh is co-editor of the Millennium Villages Project (2016), a photo book documenting efforts at poverty reduction in sub-Saharan Africa.
Her book-in-progress, Conversations on Conflict Photography, focuses on coverage of war and humanitarian crises.
With Keith Miller, Walsh curated the photo show Lost to History: Covering Conflict in the Age of the Eternal Present, held in The Gallatin Galleries from September 16 to October 14, 2015.
CONFERENCES AND TALKS
Professor Walsh will give a keynote address at the conference “Why Remember? - Memory and Forgetting in Times of War and Its Aftermath” in Sarajevo in 2017.
In March 2017, Professor Lauren Walsh spoke at SXSW on “The New Archive: How Tech Democratizes Historical Narratives.”
In December 2016, Walsh gave a talk with Ron Haviv about their current research at the Casa Santa Ana cultural foundation in Panama.
She gave the keynote, “Iconic Photos and their Impact on Society—Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow,” at the 2016 LDV Capital Vision Summit in New York, New York, in May 2016.
In April 2016, Walsh gave a talk on archival photos as part of the Double Take reading series at Apexart in NYC.
In February 2016, Walsh gave a PechaKucha talk, “The Nature of Memory, the Design of Images” at Gallatin.
Walsh spoke at Columbia University on Albert Murray and Thomas Mann in February 2016.
In July 2015, Walsh spoke at the Morbid Anatomy Museum in Brooklyn, giving a talk titled “Souvenir, Trophy, Crime: Photography and War in the Digital Age.”
In November 2014, Walsh gave the closing address at the symposium Albert Murray: His Life and Work, at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in New York City.
MEDIA AND PUBLICATIONS
Walsh’s essay “Text, Image, Memory: Intermediality in the work of Péter Nádas” appears in Hungarian Literature and Its Intercultural Contexts: Translation, Cultural Memory, Comparative Scholarship, edited by András Kiséry, Zsolt Komaromy, and Zsuzsanna Varga (2016).
Walsh wrote the introductory essay, “Swimming in the Unreliable Shadow of Memory,” for Ron Haviv’s The Lost Rolls (2015), which won an American Photography juried award (2016). Her related piece “The Lost Rolls and the Unreliable Shadow of Memory” ran in the New Republic in March 2016.
Her translation (from the French) of “New Tendencies in Jazz” by Albert Murray appears in Murray Talks Music, edited by Paul Devlin (2016).
Walsh’s interview with photojournalist Michael Christopher Brown, on his coverage of the 2011 Libyan revolution, appeared in Hyperallergic in September 2016.
Her review of Albert Murray: Collected Essays and Memoirs ran in Hyperallergic in January 2017.