Hyaesin Yoon

Assistant Professor
Director of Doctoral Studies

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Vienna, Quellenstrasse 51 | A205
+43 1 25230 7111*3845

Hyaesin's areas of interest include transnational biopolitics, postcolonial criticisms, critical animal studies/posthumanisms, feminist science and technology studies, medical humanities, as well as performance and literary theories. Her present focus is on how technological assemblages of humans and other animals mediate the power relations of sex/gender, race, disability, and species in a transnational context.

She is currently working on her book project Prosthetic Memories, examining the ethics of embodied memory in an age of transnational mobility and biotechnology by examining the diasporic tongue (as both language and organ), animal cloning, and human stem cell research across the United States and South Korea.

Her next research project examines the relationship between the people with autism and the nonhuman technologies, such as AI, robots, and smart cities, in conversation with queer-feminist theories, postcolonial critiques, and critical disability studies.

  • “The Biopolitics of Languaging in the Cybernetic Fold: A Decolonial and Queer Ear to the Cosmo-poetics,” a special issue on Biopolitics, Necropolitics, and Cosmopolitics for the Journal of Gender Studies (under final revision)
  • “Feral Biopolitics: Animal Bodies and/as Border Technologies,” Tranimacies: Intimate Links between Animal and Trans* Studies, special issue of Angelaki: Journal of the Theoretical Humanities 22.2 (2017)
  • “Disappearing Bitches: Canine Affect and Postcolonial Bioethics,” Configurations: A Journal of Literature, Science and Technology 24. 3 (2016)
  • Book Review, “Mel Y. Chen, Animacies: Biopolitics, Racial Mattering, and Queer Affect,” East Asian Science, Technology and Society 9.1 (2015)


PhD, Rhetoric, UC Berkeley
MA, Gender Studies, Seoul National University
BA, Communication, Seoul National University

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