Dr. Liya Yu 喻俐雅 is a neuropolitical philosopher, writer & performance artist
I write political books about the neuroscience of racism, dehumanization and polarization in democratic societies, attempting to create a novel, unifying neuropolitical language for our divided times. I write fictional books about Asian immigrant identity and what it means to be human in the no-man’s-land between conflicting cultures. I choreograph performance art pieces about the Asian female body, patriarchal oppression and sensual liberation.
My interdisciplinary works are held together by a vision that I term “Gesamtkunstbefreiung”. They are situated in the context of why we dehumanize each other, and how humanization can be achieved not just through abstract values but our bodies as whole. My desire is to understand and liberate from the brain cell upwards.
I grew up in Germany as the child of Chinese immigrants from Hunan, and have since lived in China, the UK, the US, Finland, and Taiwan. I have been described as one of the most important intellectual voices in the Asian German diaspora.
I was trained in political science (specializing in political philosophy) at the University of Cambridge (B.A.) and Columbia University (M.Phil, Ph.D.), and am currently a visiting researcher at the Institute of Medical Psychology, Ludwig-Maximilians University Munich and the Department of Political Science, National Taiwan University.
I split my time between Taiwan and Germany.