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Soyi Kim

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LB Korean Studies Research Scholar

Soyi Kim is the inaugural LB Korean Studies Research Scholar for the East Asia Program.

  • Soyi has her doctorate degree in Cultural Studies and Comparative Literature with a minor in Art History at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (2022).
  • Her research areas include cultural and media studies, art history, history of medicine, gender studies, East Asian studies, and Korean and Korean diasporic studies. 
  • She was a Fulbright Scholar while at San Francisco Art Institute and held an ACC_R art residency at Asia Culture Center in Gwangju, South Korea, in the Fall of 2020.

Soyi is currently working on her first book project "Against Health: Feminist Art in Contemporary South Korea and the Korean Diaspora," which examines the troubling rhetoric and image of the body that Korean and Korean diasporic artists critically employ as a tool for their critique of the notion of public health. 

Since 2022, as an LB Korean Studies Research Scholar at Cornell, she has also developed her second project on biophobia in Korean and Korean diasporic art. Expanding the scope of dialogue on this topic, she organized a transnational symposium on Korean studies "Biophobia" at Cornell University in May 10-11, 2023, with the support of the Association of Asian Studies and Central New York Humanities Corridor.

Her other collaborative activities at Cornell (AY 2022-2023) are as follows:

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  • Postdoc
  • Visiting Scholar