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ORIENTATIONS: On Empire, Settler Colonialism, and Occupation - Rachel Lee

Imperialist Metabolism: The Anti-Colonial and Microbial Occupations of Anicka Yi
Tuesday, April 17, 2018
4:00-5:30 PM
3512 Haven Hall Map
On 4.17.18 CEA/PIAS will host our final speaker of the event series. A graduate student workshop with Prof. Lee will occur from 11:30-1p, in Haven Hall 3773 (RSVP with Peggy at The public lecture will be held from 4-5:30 pm in Haven Hall 3512.

Rachel Lee is the Director of the Center for the Study of Women and Professor of English, Gender Studies, and the Institute of Society and Genetics at UCLA. She is the author of The Exquisite Corpse of Asian America: Biopolitics, Biosociality and Posthuman Ecologies (2014) winner of the Best Book in Culture Studies Award from the Association of Asian American Studies. Her scholarship draws on critical methods from race/ethnic studies in conjunction with theories of gender and sexuality, to examine the specific interfaces and choreographies of stand-up comedy, dance, new media/digital technology, and literature, most recently as they reflect on the life sciences.

Lecture Description:
The signature style of Korean-born, NY based artist Anicka Yi—winner of the 2016-17 Hugo Boss Award—involves repurposing materials associated with feminine domesticity--cooking paraphilia, edible ingredients, bath and vanity products—and coassembling them alongside industrial polymers, fiberboard, and metallic components. She has gained some notoriety as a smell portraitist due to her collaborations with perfumers and her incorporation into her work of molds and bacteria often sourced specifically from women’s mouths, armpits and vaginas. In this lecture, Dr. Rachel Lee attends to the anti-colonial critique threaded through key pieces of her oeuvre.

*Please refrain from wearing perfumes and scented body products to our events—share the air! Do let us know if you have any accessibility requests or questions.
Building: Haven Hall
Event Type: Lecture / Discussion
Tags: Art, Asia, Culture, Discussion, Exhibition, Free, History, Korean Studies, Research
Source: Happening @ Michigan from Asian/Pacific Islander American Studies, Department of American Culture