Workshops, Conferences, Talks, Lectures, etc.
October 30-31, 2019. Lectures at the University of Chicago.
Wednesday, October 30, 2019, guest lecture at the Chicago Divinity School.
Thursday, October 31, 2019, guest lecture in East Asian Studies.
Thursday, October 31, 2019 at Center for East Asian Studies.
Shigisangjo: Korean Queer and Feminist Politics Out of Order
The Candlelight Protests in South Korea in 2016-17 succeeded in achieving what had seemed impossible—ousting the conservative President for corruption and abuse of power and installing a new, more liberal government. In a triumphant view, the Candlelight Protests are credited for drawing from the legacies of pro-democracy movements of the 1980s and reinvigorating forms of decentralized collective action, spectacularly demonstrating the will of the people and the power of peaceful mass mobilization. To trouble this dominant narrative of progress, this talk highlights the critiques that challenge the ongoing marginalization of feminist concerns and postponement of queer and trans lives. Engaging with the often-repeated idea that gender and sexual equality in Korea constitute shigisangjo, an idiom that denotes being premature or out of place in time, I discuss how queer temporalities disrupt chrononormative conceptions of political transformation and articulate a more capacious present and future.