Korean Adoptee Artists: Discourses of Migration, Exile and Transversality

Further details of Friday’s seminar at SOAS:

Dr. Aino Rinhaug
Dr. Aino Rinhaug

Friday, March 19th, 5pm, room G50 (main building)
Dr. Aino Rinhaug, University of Oslo
Korean Adoptee Artists: Discourses of Migration, Exile and Transversality

Abstract:
In view of how the development of large-scale globalisation changes our perception of family structures, nationhood and sense of belonging, my presentation seeks to highlight a particular form of semantics of subjectivity. As the title suggests, I intend to examine more closely a number of artworks, or aesthetic discourses by artists that were once upon a time adopted from South Korea. The analysis is based on the notion that this large group of people constitutes a particular kind of diaspora and that several of their shared experiences related to questions of identity, belonging and self can be processed and re-negotiated in art. More specifically, I will take the following topics into consideration:
1. Globalisation and the emergence of different forms of migration
2. Exile and the urge to create self as other
3. The adopted self: renegotiating genealogy and otherness in art
4. Transversality, identity and ethics: Korean segyehwa policy vs. genealogy of the adoptee

Speaker Bio:

Aino Rinhaug, PhD
Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, Department of Literature, Area Studies and European Languages, University of Oslo, Norway.

Visiting Fellow, IGRS, University of London

Research interests:

Modernism and postmodernism (comparative literature and cultural studies)
– Beckett, Pessoa, Kafka, Lobo Antunes;
– Food and literature
– Genealogy, family theory and systems theory in art
– ‘New Korean cinema’
– ‘Adopted Aesthetics’

(automatically generated) Read LKL’s review of this event here.

One thought on “Korean Adoptee Artists: Discourses of Migration, Exile and Transversality

  1. Well, I would like to have been very enthusiastic about this talk, but none of it made any sense to me. Rather too much discourse about discourse, and not enough talking about the actual subject itself. I’m sure it meant something to someone though.

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