“Who Reads The Second Sex Today? A Queer Translingual Contemporization” – Dr. Kyoo (Q) Lee

The Social Justice Institute
Noted Scholars Lecture Series

Dr. Kyoo (Q) Lee
“Who Reads The Second Sex Today? A Queer Translingual Contemporization”

March 1, 12-1pm
Room 028, Jack Bell Building
2080 West Mall, UBC


This event is free and open to the public. RSVP’s are not required to attend, only encouraged.

Abstract: « On ne naît pas femme: on le devient. »: “One is not born but becomes (a) woman,” thus spake Simone de Beauvoir in Le deuxième sexe (1949), The Second Sex (1953, 2009). How, and in what language(s), would one read that line today in the age of gender variance and trans revolution? Why The Second Sex again? This lecture spotlights the queer translingual simplexity of the Beauvoirean lifeline, its conceptual genius that appears second to none.

This event is co-sponsored by Teacher Education for All!

kyooleeKyoo Lee, a resident philosopher at CUNY, author of Writing Entanglish (2015, Belladonna* Chapbook) and Reading Descartes Otherwise: Blind, Mad, Dreamy, and Bad (2012, Fordham UP), who also has co-edited journal issues on “Safe” (2011, Women’s Studies Quarterly) and “Xenophobia & Racism” (2014, Critical Philosophy of Race), is a theorist and writer who works widely in the intersecting fields of the Arts & the Humanities. Occasionally, she summer-teaches at Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics.