Chris Lee: “Archiving Multiculturalism’s Affects”

The Social Justice Institute
Noted Scholars Series presents:

Dr. Chris Lee
Associate Professor of English; Director of the Asian Canadian and Asian Migration Studies Program, UBC

“Archiving Multiculturalism’s Affects

January 31, 12-1pm
Room 1099, Buchanan Tower
1873 East Mall, UBC


All events are free and open to the public. RSVP’s are not required to attend, only encouraged.

Liberal multiculturalism effects a symbolic economy in which shameful histories can be exchanged for an enlightened present. Through a discussion of Jacqueline Hoàng Nguyễn’s installation Space Fiction and the Archives (2012), this talk considers how archives of multiculturalism can illuminate the role of positive affect – enthusiasm, optimism, exuberance, and euphoria – in enabling historical forgetting.

Chris Lee is Associate Professor of English and Director of the Asian Canadian and Asian Migration Studies Program. He is the author of The Semblance of Identity: Aesthetic Mediation in Asian American Literature, and co-editor of recent issues of Canadian Literature and Asian Diasporic Visual Cultures and the Americas on Asian Canadian cultural studies.