EAS welcomes Tyran Grillo, whose lecture will focus on director Bong Joon-ho’s Okja as a repository for animalistic modernity in the global commodity chain, examining intersections of technology, capitalism, and posthumanist thought in the titular super pig of Bong’s critically acclaimed masterpiece. In addition, the film’s place in East Asian cinema will be explored vis-à-vis animal-centered theories of looking and cultural stereotyping.
In 2017, Tyran Grillo received his doctorate from Cornell University, where his research focused on (mis)representations of animals in Japanese popular media and contemporary literature. He is an accomplished translator of 12 Japanese novels into English and an avid arts critic—having written over one million words of reviews and essays on music, performance, and film on his website, Between Sound and Space—and has a book about the legendary ECM Records label due out in 2018. He is currently a Dorothy Borg postdoctoral fellow at Columbia University’s Weatherhead East Asian Institute.To learn more about him follow this link.