This year we welcome back So-Rim Lee as our Visiting Scholar; she was CKR’s 2018 AKS Postdoctoral Fellow.
So-Rim’s research investigates the intersections of embodiment, everyday performance, and visual culture in contemporary Korea. Her doctoral dissertation, Performing the Self: Cosmetic Surgery and the Political Economy of Beauty in Korea, explores how cosmetic surgery became a mode of performing the self and subjectivity in South Korea post-1997 Asian Financial Crisis. Using this work as a springboard, So-Rim is currently drafting her first book project that documents and analyzes the politics of visual representation and the construction of individuality in contemporary South Korea. So-Rim’s writings have been published in TDR: The Drama Review, New Theatre Quarterly, The Journal of Korean Studies, Performance Research, Theatre Survey, Ideas: Asia Art Archive Online Journal, and Zócalo Public Square, among others. So-Rim 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.