ASIANetwork-Luce Foundation Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow
Layoung Shin is a sociocultural anthropologist who researches queer youth and fandom culture in South Korea. She completed her PhD at the State University of New York at Binghamton in 2015. Her dissertation, entitled “Fashioning Subjectivity and Community among Young Queer Women in Seoul,” explores how neoliberal social change – both in capitalism and as an ideology – affects sexual norms, subjectivity and communities among working class queer youth in South Korea and reveals new forms of hierarchies and exclusion, including hierarchies within LGBT communities and solidifying pre-existing social inequalities. Further, she has conducted researches on young women’s same-sex sexuality in relation to pop culture, fandom and costume-play. Through ethnographic research on how young women’s sexuality is constructed through media consumption and performing like celebrities, her projects have demonstrated how both media and embodiment are vital for the construction of non-heteronormative desire.
Her researches have been supported by the Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research, the Academy of Korean Studies, and the Center for Korean Studies and the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities at Binghamton University, and she has taught a variety of Anthropology and Asian/Korean courses at University of California, San Diego and Binghamton University. At Lewis & Clark College she will teach Cultural Politics of Youth in East Asia, Contemporary Korean Culture, and Queer Theory in East Asia.
Ph.D., Binghampton University