In this episode, edna bonhomme speaks with Thuc Linh Nguyen Vu about migration, cultural history, Vietnamese Polish relations, Black feminism, and African/Asian diasporas.
Thuc Linh Nguyen Vu is currently a postdoctoral fellow (Wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin) in the Global History Division in the History Department at the Freie Universität in Berlin and will start her new position as a postdoctoral fellow at the Research Center for the History of Transformations (RECET) at the University of Vienna in October. Linh earned her PhD from the European University Institute in Florence.
Linh is currently working on a book manuscript that examines the intersection of pedagogy, everyday practices of care and radical bonds of loyalty in the formation of the dissident milieu around Jacek and Grażyna Kuroń under state socialism in Warsaw, Poland. By investigating the wealth of activity that took place in the private realm, this manuscript brings into light complex political identities, critical pedagogies and an embodied set of practices that unsettle the division between the public and the private.
Simultaneously, Linh is developing her second book-length project that looks at how East-South solidarities between Poland and Vietnam, under the global Cold War, decolonization and socialism, were made and unmade by international collaboration, cultural transfers and everyday encounters between Vietnamese students and Poles. Zooming in on the micro-histories of socialist solidarities allows us to ask how the experiences of students of color in late socialist Poland fit into the larger picture of global cultural and educational collaboration.