Workshops, Conferences, Talks, Lectures, etc.

Friday, April 20 to Saturday, April 21, 2018. I’ll be presenting a paper (new work in progress!) titled “Now or Later: On sigisangjo (時機尙早) and premature politics.” Conference at The George Washington University in Washington DC on the Evolution of Rights in Korea. Perhaps focusing more on the “evolution” part of the conference theme than LGBTQ “rights” discourse, I’ve been thinking about queer temporalities and chronoheteronormativity.

Friday, May 4 to Saturday, May 5, 2018. I’m excited to head to Princeton University for a couple of days to participate in the Asia Theory Visuality Conference with “thresholds” as the thematic keyword. It’s a rare opportunity to be able to meet new scholars and learn lots in a stimulating and interdisciplinary space without having to present a paper.

Friday, May 11 to Saturday, May 12, 2018. Workshop in Hong Kong on Transnational Lives of Religion in Asia. I’ll be giving a paper, “From everywhere to everywhere? Mission geographies and postcolonial promises.” I’m trying to work out a part of my book manuscript on Korean/American missions. Here’s the abstract.

US-based studies of global evangelicalism and transnational religious practices tend to focus on two types of itineraries: the privileged mobility of white Americans going overseas (“from here to elsewhere”) and the (im)migrant spaces constituted by newcomers (“from elsewhere to here”). Both itineraries point to the US as the central locus of transnational mobility, diminishing the significance of flows that destabilize or decenter the US in important ways. How should the geography of transnational missionary circuits be remapped to reflect the continuities and contradictions of Pax Americana and the Pacific Century? How are the shifting terrains of US empire and capitalist world order interpreted in terms of “new” global missions? Based on long-term and ongoing research on South Korean and Korean American-led global missions, I discuss in this paper three popular and interrelated ideas in missionary geoscience: postcolonial missions led by those supposedly unencumbered by colonial legacy (“from everywhere to everywhere”), Global South-to-South missions as South-South cooperation, and the idea of a cultural neighbor.

Thursday, September 20 to Friday, September 21, 2018. Racial Violence Hub, UCLA. Details TBD.

Tuesday, November 6, 2018. Looks like I’ll be presenting a paper at the “Between the Sacred and the Secular: Christianity as Lived Experience in Modern Korea” workshop held at Columbia University. The workshop is being organized in preparation for a special issue of the Journal of Korean Studies.