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Out of Place in Time: Queer Discontents and Sigisangjo

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  14 March 2022

Ju Hui Judy Han*
Department of Gender Studies, University of California, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA, USA


This article discusses queer and transgender voices that took part in the South Korean Candlelight Protests of 2016–17 but became sidelined during the special election that followed Park Geun-hye's impeachment. Drawing from theories of queer temporality and feminist critiques of homogenous time, the article argues that idioms of postponement (najunge) and prematurity (sigisangjo) have significantly shaped liberal political discourses regarding the timing and timeliness of social change and minority politics in South Korea. These normative idioms of temporality articulate the stakes of being out of place in time.

Forum: South Korean Candlelight Protest Movement
Copyright © The Association for Asian Studies, Inc. 2022

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