2018-19 Center for Korean Research-Academy of Korean Studies Postdoctoral Fellow
Performance studies; visual culture; popular culture
So–Rim Lee is the 2018-19 Center for Korean Research-Academy of Korean Studies Postdoctoral Fellow at Columbia University. Her research interests are in contemporary popular culture’s complex embodiments of neoliberalism through performance studies and visual culture, with a focus on modern South Korea. She also researches on beauty as a mode of neoliberal governmentality, K-pop’s transnationalism, everyday performance in the discourse of self-care, and the intersections between theater and visual culture. Dr. Lee holds a B.A. in Film Studies from Columbia University, an M.A. in English Literature from Seoul National University, an M.A. in Text and Performance from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, and a Ph.D. in Theater and Performance Studies from Stanford University. In her doctoral dissertation, “(Re)Made in Korea: Cosmetic Surgery and the Performance of Self,” Dr. Lee investigates South Korea’s cosmetic surgery industry and the politics of self-management in the twenty-first century. At Columbia, she will be teaching “Korean Popular Cinema,” a course that will survey modern Korean culture and society through Korean popular cinema. Drawing from weekly screenings and readings on critical film and Korean studies, the course will explore major topics and defining historical moments in modern Korean history post-1945.