Meet The Candidates: Dr Vivian Huang, PhD.

Author: Douglas Slayton
February 10, 2022
Flyer for event with Dr. Vivian Huang PhD. on February 11th from 11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

The Communication Studies Department is excited to share the first of the three research presentations from our candidates for the Assistant Professor specializing in Communication, Performance, and Race, Dr. Vivian Huang, Phd. 


Dr. Huang will be giving a talk on Friday, February 11th from 11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., entitled "Distant Intimacies: The Inscrutable Performance of Tseng Kwong Chi." The passcode for this event is 576683


Talk Description:


How is "distance" a critical hermeneutic for queer and Asian diasporic life? This presentation studies the performance archive of 1980s artist Tseng Kwong Chi, specifically his series of black-and-white self-portraits East Meets West, to articulate distance as a vital Asian/American affect for queer diasporic sociality. Bringing together queer diaspora studies, racialized affect, and performance studies, Vivian Huang notes the spatial and affective dimensions of distance for its critical uses in performance. Huang considers the limited visuality of Asian diasporic life and articulates a theory of strategic inscrutability that sidesteps the warm liberal feeling of multiculturalism and invites queer modes of relation.


We are excited to share the opportunity to our current students to learn more of the candidates research. Be on the lookout for future announcements about the other candidates' events.