Jung Joon Lee

on sabbatical academic year 2021/22

Jung Joon Lee’s research interests span the intersections of art and politics, transnational militarism and decoloniality, and gender and sexuality. Lee’s graduate and undergraduate courses delve into the onto-epistemological debates on photographic representations, exploring works ranging from vernacular to documentary to art photography. Lee’s forthcoming monograph, Shooting for Change: Korean Photography after the War (under contract with Duke University Press) examines the ways in which photography in Korea and its diaspora presents an everyday cathected by 20th-century war and militarism and their ongoing pervasiveness. 

Lee is currently working on two additional book projects: a monograph exploring exhibitions as a space of minoritarian aesthetics, kinship-making and historical rupture; and a co-edited volume bringing together writings and artworks by scholars, artists and activists on queer feminist praxis in Korea and the Korean diaspora. Prior to her studies in art history, Lee trained in urban planning and worked for a global planning consortium. Issues of urbanity remain one of Lee’s major interests.

Academic areas of interest

History and theory of photography; contemporary art; gender and sexuality studies; decolonial studies; media studies; critical university studies; postcolonial studies