Jung Joon Lee

on sabbatical academic year 2022-23

Jung Joon Lee’s research and teaching interests span the intersections of art and politics, transoceanic intimacies and decoloniality, and gender and sexuality. Specializing in histories and theories of photography, Lee’s courses engage with the onto-epistemic questions about image making as a form of history making.

Lee’s forthcoming monograph, Shooting for Change: Korean Photography after the War (under contract with Duke University Press) explores the discursive ways that 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 book projects: a monograph exploring exhibitions as a space of minoritarian aesthetics, kinship making, and historical rupture; and the co-edited volume Queer Feminist Elsewhere: Decolonial Making in Trans-Pacific Art based on the 2021 RISD conference Queer/Feminist/Praxis, which Lee co-organized to bring together works by scholars and artists in Korea and the Korean diaspora. Lee has published in such journals as History of Photography, photographies, TransAsia Photography and PhotoResearcher. Her recent publications include essays on Cold War temporality and images of transnational adoption and queer methodological explorations of military photography. 

In 2022–23, Lee is a Society Fellow at Cornell University’s Society for the Humanities, researching site-specific, trans-Pacific and intergenerational collaborative projects by Asian and Asian American artists. Lee was the visiting professor of media studies and critical theory at the Graduate School of Communication and Arts, Yonsei University in spring 2022. 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