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Logics and Poetics of Queer Diaspora: Trauma and the Optics of Affect
This talk explores how refugee subject positions can function as a queer analytic about the relationship among militarism, war, and politics by elaborating upon philosophical, psychological, and physical approaches to fear and trauma. Building off of psychoanalytic framework, Kwan propose a queering of trauma to examine trauma’s ability to create collective cultures and identities.
Dr. Yvonne Y. Kwan is an assistant professor of Asian American Studies in the Department of Sociology and Interdisciplinary Social Sciences at San Jose State University. She also serves as the co-chair of the SJSU Asian Pacific Islander Desi American Task-Force, which seeks to increase the wellness and retention of underrepresented and minority APIDA students. She previously completed a postdoc as a part of Dartmouth College’s inaugural cohort of the Society of Fellows Program. Dr. Kwan received her PhD in Sociology from UC Santa Cruz. She also has an MA in Education from UCLA.