Sangjoon Lee is a historian of Asian cinema and media. He was appointed as a postdoctoral fellow at The University of Michigan in 2011 and joined the faculty in the Department of Asian Languages and Cultures and in the Department of Screen Arts and Cultures as an Assistant Professor in Fall 2013. Lee teaches undergraduate courses in Korean cinema and popular culture, East Asian Cinema, Hong Kong cinema, transnational media industries, and graduate seminar on film historiography.
His current manuscript project, tentatively titled The Asian Film Festival and the Emergence of Transnational Cinema Network in Cold War Asia is a book-length study on the cultural history of the Asian Film Festival. This will trace the early history of the festival and explore the ways in which cold war cultural politics, ideology, international relations, and nationalism have shaped this regional film festival in postwar Asia, and to what extent the festival had influenced the regional film industries and cultures during its first two decades, from 1953 to 1972. As part of his future research plans, Lee also plan to investigate and theorize contemporary practices of transnational media connections between Korea, Japan, and China, Korean popular culture and social media, and a new method of writing transnational film history that is especially important for regions linked by both cultural correspondences and political systems.
Lee has been active in conducting, organizing, and coordinating film screenings and festivals, academic events, and extra curricular activities. He organized an international conference entitled "Korean Cine-Media and the Transnational" at New York University in 2010. At Michigan, Lee was a principle organizer of an interdisciplinary workshop "Hallyu 2.0: The Korean Wave in the Age of Social Media," which was held in April 6, 2012. He is currently editing a book (with Abe Markus Nornes) based on the outcomes of the conference and it will be published by the University of Michigan Press in 2014.
Recent Courses Taught
SAC 441: Contemporary East Asian Cinema
ASIAN 480: Korean Cinema and Media in the Global Context
ASIAN 369: Hong Kong Cinema
SAC 485: Global Blockbusters