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Hoon Song

Anthropology Room 395 HHHCtr 7455 301 19th Ave S


  • Ontology of power, materiality of sovereignty
  • Psychoanalysis
  • Biopolitics
  • Philosophical anthropology
  • Animality
  • US/North Korea
  • Early French Anthropology

Educational Background

  • Ph.D.: Anthropology, The University of Chicago, Chicago, IL, 2000.


  • Sexual Difference Between Psychoanalysis and Vitalism. Song, Hoon, Arun Saldanha, Routledge, Co-Editor, 2013.
  • "Filiation, Continuous and Discontinuous: Two Recent Anthropological Approaches to North Korea": Song, Hoon, Critical Asian Studies, 45.2 , 2013.
  • Angelaki: Journal of the Theoretical Humanities (Special Issue: Sexual Difference Between Psychoanalysis and Vitalism). Song, Hoon, Co-ed: Arun Saldanha, Co-Author, Vol. 17 No.2 (2012).
  • Two is Infinite, Gender is Post-Social in Papua New Guinea: Song, Hoon, Angelaki: Journal of the Theoretical Humanities, 17 (2) 259-279, 2012.
  • Cogito, Mimesis, and Conspiracy Theory: Song, Hoon, Routledge, Culture, Theory and Critique, 53 (1) 1-18, 2012.
  • Pigeon Trouble: Bestiary Biopolitics in a Deindustrialized America. Song, Hoon, University of Pennsylvania Press, Author, 2010.
  • Seeing Oneself Seeing Oneself: White Nihilism in Ethnography and Theory: Song, Hoon, Ethnos, 71(4) 470-488, 2006.
  • The Bad Multitude of Four: The Analytics of "Unwrapping" the Four Field Bundle: Song, Hoon, Anthropological Quarterly, 78(4) 951-980, 2005.

Courses Taught

  • Sacrifice
  • Sovereignty
  • Ideas of the Sacred
  • Time and the Apocalyptic Reason
  • Ethnography, Theory, History (graduate theory intro)
  • Whiteness and the Trouble with Trash
Alternative Output Formats Alternative Output Formats
Boy with Beads. Boy selling beads. Laotian Art.Laotian art. Finding shade in Bhagsu.Finding shade in Bhagsu.