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Chris A. Eng

Chris A. Eng


Assistant Professor,
English

ceng02@syr.edu

424 Hall of Languages
315.443.2173


Chris A. Eng’s research centers “Asian American” and “queer” as analytics of productive ambivalence that index not only historical processes of U.S. racialization on a transnational scale but also genealogies of radical thought and politics. Drawing on archives of U.S. minority and Global Anglophone cultural productions, primarily Asian/American literatures and performances, his work explores the racialized body and its aesthetics as dynamic domains through which state power is consolidated and contested. He is currently working on his book project, tentatively entitled States of Provisionality: Improvising Queer Extravagance in Asian American Camps, which argues that the history of U.S. Asian racialization requires us to grapple with the seemingly counterintuitive entanglement between “the camp” as in exceptional spaces of biopolitical management and “camp” as a performative practice of queer excess. Alongside this project, Chris’s article in “Queer Genealogies of (Be)Longing: On the Thens and Theres of Asian America in Karen Tei Yamashita’s I Hotel” will be forthcoming in the October 2017 issue of the Journal of Asian American Studies. His co-edited the two-part forum “Emergent Critical Analytics for Alternative Humanities” with Lateral: staged dialogues between senior and junior scholars, who collectively contemplated the possibilities for crafting alternative humanities through reanimating the analytics of settler colonialism, new materialisms, disability, and institutionality. An essay on necessity and extravagance will be appearing in the Cambridge University Press Series Asian American Literature in Transition.
 
Chris earned his PhD in English from The Graduate Center, City University of New York, with a certificate in American Studies and an interdisciplinary concentration in Lesbian and Gay/Queer Studies. His doctoral project received the CLAGS 2016 Paul Monette-Roger Horwitz Dissertation Prize. At CUNY, Chris has been extensively involved with the Coalition for the Revitalization of Asian American Studies at Hunter (CRAASH), the Mentoring Future Faculty of Color Project (MFFC), and the Revolutionizing American Studies initiative. Outside of CUNY, Chris previously served on the Modern Language Association’s Delegate Assembly and the American Studies Association Students’ Committee; he currently chairs the Queer Studies Section of the Association for Asian American Studies. In 2016-2017, he was a Post-Doctoral Research Associate in Asian American Studies at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

Areas of Supervision

American studies, Asian American cultural productions, critical ethnic studies, cultural studies, U.S. minority literatures, gender and sexuality studies, queer of color critique, theorizations of transnationalism and diaspora, affect theory, and performance studies.

Research and Teaching Interests

American studies, Asian American cultural productions, critical ethnic studies, cultural studies, U.S. minority literatures, gender and sexuality studies, queer of color critique, theorizations of transnationalism and diaspora, affect theory, and performance studies.