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Warhaft Lecture and UofM Distinguished Visiting Lecture: David Eng

Tue. Jan. 31, 2017

Date: Thursday, February 2, 2017
Time: 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m., reception to follow
Place: John J. Conklin Theatre, Tache Hall

The tile of Dr. Eng's talk is "Absolute Forgiveness, Absolute Apology." He will be drawing from his forthcoming book, Reparations and the Human, which investigates the problems of reparations and human rights in Asia during the Cold War. Specifically, he will speak to the history of uranium mining and the problems of apology and forgiveness in the context of the Sahtú Dene, an Indigenous group in NW Canada who unknowingly helped to mine the uranium for the Manhattan Project. Subsequently, they sent a delegation to Hiroshima to apologize for their role in the creation of Little Boy. Dr. Eng will discuss the Sahtú Dene's response to the atomic bombing in order to propose an alternate concept of reparations and the human, extending Jacques Derrida's notion of "absolute forgiveness" to develop a corollary concept: "absolute apology."

Dr. David L. Eng is Graduate Chair and Richard L. Fisher Professor of English at the University of Pennsylvania (USA), where he is also Professor in the Programs of Asian American Studies; Comparative Literature & Literary Theory; and Gender, Sexuality & Women's Studies.

Dr. Eng is author of 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 two special issues of the journal Social Text: 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). His current book project, Reparations and the Human, investigates the relationship between political and psychic genealogies of reparation in Asia during the Cold War. He also has a forthcoming co-authored book with Shinhee Han, A Dialogue on Racial Melancholia and Racial Dissociation, a collection of psychoanalytic case histories and commentaries on Asian immigrants in the disapora.