I’m giving a talk on queer & evangelical geopolitics next week in Seoul. It’s my first time givingÂ a public academic-y talk in Korean (gulp) and also theÂ first time giving a talk at… a church! (It’s the progressive Hyanglin Church). I must admit I’m a bit nervous about presenting alongside the prolific religious historian and esteemed critic, Kim Jin-ho, whose talk will be about evangelical homophobic alliance.
The event is organized byÂ theÂ TransChrist research group (critical researchers atÂ the intersection ofÂ queer and religious studies), The Christian Institute for the 3rd EraÂ (progressive Christian theologians and scholars), andÂ GilmokÂ (progressive Christian network), and co-sponsored by the feminist Network for Glocal Activism (NGA) andÂ Korean Society of Law and Policy on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity (SOGI, a group of human rightsÂ attorneysÂ and activist researchers).Â The 2016Â Korea Queer FestivalÂ has also co-sponsored the event.
My talk is based onÂ the article published last year in Munhwa/KwahakÂ (in Korean) on queer geopolitics from the vantage points of the diaspora with attention to minority politics. Iâ€™ll be talking about a bit of this and a bit of that, including queer activism and religious homophobia in the immigrant Korean American community in California in the 1990s. I look forward to seeing many familiar faces!