Workshops, Conferences, Talks, Lectures, etc.

Monday, February 11, 2019. “Not yet, not now, maybe later: Queer futurity and feminist politics in South Korea.” A colloquium talk in the Geography Department, UCLA.

It has become commonplace to argue that the so-called Candlelight Revolution in South Korea in 2016-17 succeeded in achieving what had seemed impossible: impeaching and ousting the widely despised right-wing President and throwing her into jail. In such jubilant view, the candlelight protests drew from the legacies of pro-democracy movements of the 1980s and reinvigorated forms of decentralized collective action, spectacularly demonstrating the will of the people and the power of peaceful mass mobilization. I discuss in this paper two aspects that trouble this dominant narrative: the pervasive heteronormativity and homophobia of the social movement status quo and unprecedented scale of feminist organizing that began before the candlelight protests and have since continued. They raise critical questions concerning the space and time for minority politics and radical social change.

Monday, February 26, 2019. “Mapping a World of Difference: Korean Missionary Encounters and the Idioms of Distance.” Special lecture at the National Museum of Ethnology, Osaka, Japan.

Wednesday, March 6, 2019. A talk at the Racism, Immigration, and Citizenship Program at Johns Hopkins University. Details TBD.