Lecture at Williams College Investigates Racial Dissociation and Melancholia in the Lives of Asian Americans

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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass., September 23, 2019—David L. Eng, Richard L. Fisher Professor of English at the University of Pennsylvania, will give a talk titled “Racial Melancholia, Racial Dissociation: On the Social and Psychic Lives of Asian Americans” at Williams College. The event, which is free and open to the public, will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 25, from 4 to 5:45 p.m. in Griffin Hall, room 3.

Eng is an author with areas of specialization in American literature, Asian diaspora, Asian American studies, psychoanalysis, queer studies, critical race theory, gender studies and visual culture. The talk’s title comes from his 2019 book, co-authored with psychotherapist Shinhee Han. His other books include The Feeling of Kinship: Queer Liberalism and the Racialization of Intimacy (Duke University Press, 2010) and Racial Castration: Managing Masculinity in Asian America (Duke University Press, 2001). He is also co-editor of two special issues of the journal Social Text: “China and the Human” with Teemu Ruskola and Shuang Shen (2011/2012), and “What’s Queer about Queer Studies Now?” with Jack Halberstam and José Esteban Muñoz (2005). He currently is working on his next book project, “Reparations and the Human,” in which he explores political and psychic genealogies of reparation in Cold War Asia.

Eng is a distinguished scholar and the recipient of research fellowships from institutions including the Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies, the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, and the Mellon Foundation. In addition, Eng was made an honorary member of New York City’s Institute for Psychoanalytic Training and Research (IPTAR).

This event is sponsored by the W. Ford Schumann ’50 Program in Democratic Studies and the departments of English, Psychology and Comparative Literature. This event is part of the Schumann Fund initiative on Race and Democracy, now in its second year.


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