Maureen G. Shanahan, a professor of art history at James Madison University, has published numerous articles, book chapters, and museum catalog entries in the field of French modernism, gender theory, and trauma studies, especially in connection with World War I. Her co-edited cultural studies book, Simón Bolívar as National Myth and Cultural Sign (University Press of Florida 2016), arises from her research on Fernand Léger’s designs for a Bolívar opera. Her single-authored book on Léger, his art as a response to the trauma of war and as a mode of resilience, is under advanced review at a university press. She has an article entitled, “Battles for Hearts and Minds: The Nogent Mosque during World War I,” forthcoming in African Arts magazine. This paper arises from research on the wartime photography of the French colonial subject and worker thanks to a National Endowment for the Humanities summer stipend in 2014 and a French Fulbright Award in 2017. The Nogent Mosque is also the subject of research supported by JMU’s Edna Shaffer Award. Maureen’s research on the colonial subject will be part of the upcoming exhibition, Colonial Wounds/ Post-colonial Repair, co-curated with Beth Hinderliter, to be held in March 2019 at the Duke Hall Gallery.

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