Kyoo Lee on Claudia Rankine's Citizen

Who Is “You”?—In Claudia Rankine’s Citizen, Its “Second” Consciousness
Dr. Kyoo Lee
Date & Time
Friday, November 10, 2017 - 15:00 to 16:30
Room 210, 1555 Century Avenue, Pudong New Area, Shanghai
Who are you? Or rather: who is “you”? What relevance does this “second” person bear to the sense of second-class citizenship permeating Claudia Rankine’s Citizen (2015)? Citizen is a groundbreaking hybrid of criticism and poetry which Michael Lindgren hails as "a dazzling expression of the painful double consciousness of black life in America" (Washington Post) and Dan Chiasson calls "an especially vital book for this moment in time" (The New Yorker). 
How does one see the other, how do I/we encounter you, in the first place, this singular-plural one? In the course of reading through and with Rankine’s Citizen, Dr. Kyoo Lee will lead an exploration of the social critical lyricism of “second” consciousness, its poethical attention, while considering its critical implications for thinking and living “global” today. 

Kyoo Lee is Professor of Philosophy at John Jay College, CUNY. She is the author of Reading Descartes Otherwise: Blind, Mad, Dreamy, and Bad (2012) and the co-editor of Women’s Studies Quarterly Issue on “Safe” (2011) and Critical Philosophy of Race Issue on “Xenophobia & Racism” (2014). Trained nomadically in European philosophy and literary theory, she works widely in the interwoven fields of the Arts & the Humanities, while traveling across disciplinary & spatiotemporal boundaries. Some of her recent academic recognitions include resident faculty fellowships from the Mellon Foundation, Korea Institute for Advanced Study (KIAS) and The CUNY Graduate Center, along with John Jay Faculty Research Excellence Award. Currently, she serves as an Associate Editor of Derrida Today, and is on the editorial board of Open Humanities Press. Also, she regularly teaches at Summer Writing Program, Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics, Naropa University, pondering on philopoetics with poets, another full-time pre-occupation of hers.

Introduction and moderation of the Q&A by David Perry, Lecturer in the Writing Program. Monika Lin, Clinical Assistant Professor of Arts, will participate in the discussion.
The event is co-sponsored by Humanities, Writing Program and Arts at NYU Shanghai. 
Location & Details

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Metro: Century Avenue Station, Metro Lines 2/4/6/9 Exit 6 in location B

Bus: Century Avenue at Pudian Road, Bus Lines 169/987