Racial Melancholia, Racial Dissociation: On the Social and Psychic Lives of Asian Americans - David L. Eng, PhD (Live)

December 2, 2022


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This talk will explore the social and psychic lives of Asian American students and patients that David L. Eng, PhD, and his co-author (Shinhee Han) have encountered over the course of twenty years in the classroom and the clinic. It is based on their recently published book, Racial Melancholia, Racial Dissociation: On the Social and Psychic Lives of Asian Americans (Duke University Press, 2019). 

Learning Objectives

  1. Describe a number of critical approaches to psychoanalysis, race, and Asian Americans.
  2. Describe the history of the Asian American subject in relation to the subject of Asian American history—in other words, to understand how psychoanalysis and history frame race relations.
  3. Describe some of the social histories and psychic dynamics underpinning the subjectivities of model minorities, transnational adoptees, and parachute kids as well their relation to depression, suicide, dissociation, anxiety, and panic attacks.
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12/02/2022 - 6:30pm EST
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12/02/2022 - 8:00pm EST

David L. Eng, PhD, is Richard L. Fisher Professor of English at the University of Pennsylvania, where he is also professor in Asian American Studies, Comparative Literature & Literary Theory, and Gender, Sexuality & Women’s Studies. Eng has held visiting professorships at the University of Bergen (Norway), King’s College London, Harvard University, and the University of Hong Kong. He is the recipient of research fellowships from the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, the Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies, and the Mellon Foundation, among others. In 2016, Eng was elected an honorary member of the Institute for Psychoanalytic Training and Research (IPTAR) in New York City. In 2021, he was awarded the Kessler Prize from the Center for LGBTQ Studies (CLAGS), which is given to a scholar and/or activist who has produced a body of work that has had a significant influence on the field of LGBTQ Studies.  

Eng is author of Racial Melancholia, Racial Dissociation: On the Social and Psychic Lives of Asian Americans (co-authored with Shinhee Han, Duke University Press, 2019), The Feeling of Kinship: Queer Liberalism and the Racialization of Intimacy (Duke, 2010), and Racial Castration: Managing Masculinity in Asian America (Duke, 2001). He is co-editor with David Kazanjian of Loss: The Politics of Mourning (California, 2003) and with Alice Y. Hom of Q & A: Queer in Asian America (Temple, 1998). In addition, he is co-editor of three special issues of the journal Social Text: with Jasbir Puar, “Left of Queer” (2020), with Teemu Ruskola and Shuang Shen, “China and the Human” (2011/2012), and with Jack Halberstam and José Esteban Muñoz, “What’s Queer about Queer Studies Now?” (2005).

Austen Riggs Center Inc. confirms that David L. Eng, PhD, nor anyone involved in the planning of the CME event, has disclosed a potential conflict of interest. 

The views and opinions expressed in this presentation are those of the presenter(s) and do not necessarily represent the official policy or position of the Austen Riggs Center. 


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