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Soyoung Yoon, Core Faculty

Soyoung Yoon

Soyoung Yoon is currently a Visiting Assistant Professor at the Film Program and Cinema Studies at Purchase College, State University of New York [SUNY]. Since 2007, she has taught courses on film history/theory to filmmakers with an emphasis on Marxism and critical theory, contemporary Continental philosophy, feminism and post-colonial theory, psychoanalysis, and theories of media. In addition to teaching, Yoon has also served as a curatorial advisor to the American Pavilion of the Third Guangzhou Triennial in China as well as collaborated with artists through the Whitney Independent Study Program (New York, NY), Malmö Art Academy in Lund University (Malmö, Sweden) and the School of Media Arts in the Royal Danish Art Academy of Fine Arts (Copenhagen, Denmark).

Yoon received her doctoral degree from the Department of Art & Art History at Stanford University in 2010. Her dissertation is entitled “Havoc of Matter”: Détournement in the Films of Debord, Rouch, Godard. A chapter of her thesis is to be published in an Italian collection of essays on the films of Guy Debord by the University of Bologna (Il mondo è già stato filmato, si tratta ora di trasformarlo: Guy Debord e il cinema, eds. Monica Dall’Asta and Marco Grosoli (Pisa: ETS, 2011)). She is also contributing to a pending special issue on the films of Debord in Grey Room. In her more recent work, Yoon extends the critique of the Spectacle via an emphasis on the affect of the photographic/filmic image, its currency within the contemporary political-economy of the visual, and the politics/ethics of spectatorship.


Ph.D., Art History & Film Studies, Stanford University
Critical Studies Fellow, Whitney Museum Independent Studies Program
M.A., Art History & Film Studies, Stanford University
B.A., Art History & English Literature, Seoul National University