Degrees: Ph.D., Binghamton University
Expertise: Dr. Eng has special interest in aesthetics, philosophy and architecture, philosophy and film, and contemporary continental philosophy.
PhD Philosophy, Binghamton University, 2007
Whitney ISP, 1999-2000
Academy of Fine Arts, Vienna, Austria, 1998-99
University of Vienna, Comparative Literature, Vienna, Austria, 1998-99
MA Philosophy, Binghamton University, 1997
BA Philosophy & Anthropology, Binghamton University, 1994
Oxford University, Philosophy and Socio-Cultural Anthropology, Hertford College, 1993
Research and Teaching Summary
My research and teaching focus on the aesthetics of subjectivization—the sensible, affective procedures and processes through which one becomes individuated and recognized as a subject within the social. I am especially interested in the problem of group subjectivity and the types of speech that are made possible—or foreclosed—within institutions. Consequently, I am drawn to engage with artistic, philosophical, and social practices aimed at disrupting those established forms of sensibility that keep existing relations of power in place. Fields that I find particularly relevant in this context are those that actively think the relationship between theory and practice: feminism, Marxism, and psychoanalysis.
I am currently completing two book-length manuscripts: “The Scene of the Voice: Language and the Aisthesis of Finitude” and “The Sense of the Image: The Metaphysical Imaginary in Art, Architecture, and Cinema.” The former investigates the figure of the voice in the work of Martin Heidegger and its reception in contemporary French thought, including the writings of Jean-Luc Nancy, Philippe Lacoue-Labarthe, Maurice Blanchot, Gilles Deleuze, and Luce Irigaray.
“The Sense of the Image” maps what can be called ‘the spatial unconscious’ among philosophy, art, architecture, and cinema. I seek to draw out the ways various works of art, architecture, and cinema rely on metaphysical conceptions of space at the same time that writings within contemporary continental philosophy appeal to a no less metaphysical image of space in their theorizations of the social.
Courses I regularly offer here at John Carroll include: PL101 Introduction to Philosophy; PL250 Continental Philosophy; PL 255 Marxism and Critical Theory; PL286 Asian and Comparative Philosophy; PL306 Philosophy and Literature, and; PL350 Philosophy of Beauty and Art. I have also taught PL355 Philosophy and Film and PL450 Kant’s Critique of Pure Reason, as well as have co-taught a course on Philosophy of Music with my colleague Dr. Patrick Mooney. Finally, I have supervised a number of Directed Readings, including ones on Heidegger and Derrida, Deleuze’s Cinema, and Trotsky and Literature.
Awards, Honors, and Distinctions
Grauel Faculty Research Fellowship, John Carroll University, Spring 2014
Summer Research Fellowship, John Carroll University, 2011
NEH Summer Seminar Visiting Scholar, “Shanghai and Berlin: Cultures of Urban Modernism in Interwar China and Germany,” Stanford University, 20 June-29 July 2010
Fulbright Fellow, Vienna, Austria, 1998-99
Helena Rubinstein Fellow in Critical Studies, Whitney Museum of American Art Independent Studies Program, 1999-2000
DAAD Language-study Scholarship, Herder Institut der Universität Leipzig, 1995
Co-author with Dan Bucsescu of Looking Beyond the Structure: Critical Thinking for Designers and Architects (New York: Fairchild Books, 2009)
“Art and the Heideggerian Repression: Rancière, Nancy, and a Communism of the Image.” Comparative and Continental Philosophy 5.1 (Spring 2013).
“From an Aesthetics of the Real to the Reality of the Aesthetic: Rancière, Sick, and the Politics of Sound Art.” Leonardo Music Journal 23 (2013). Special Issue on Sound Art. [reprinted in Haroon Mirza (Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA), Dublin, Ireland, 2014)]
“Institutional Schizophasia and the Possibility of the Humanities’ ‘Other Scene’: Guattari and the Exigency of Transversality.” Deleuze Studies 6.2 (2012): 180–204. Special Issue on Félix Guattari in the Age of Semiocapitalism, ed. Gary Genosko.
Essays in Collections
“Teaching The Matrix and Unlearning the Racial Organization of Knowledge,” in Race, Philosophy, and Film, ed. Mary K. Bloodsworth-Lugo and Dan Flory (New York: Routledge, 2013).
“Reforming Vengeance: Kung Fu and the Racial Melancholia of Chinese Masculinity,” The Oxford Handbook of Chinese Cinemas, ed. Carlos Rojas and Eileen Cheng-yin Chow (Oxford University Press, 2013)
“The Metaphysical Mouth: Charles Bernstein and Contemporary Continental Philosophy of Language,” in The Salt Companion to Charles Bernstein, edited by William Allegrezza (London: Salt Publications, 2012), 35-54.
“‘Every name in history is I’: Bachmann’s Anti-Archive,” in If We Had the Word: Ingeborg Bachmann, Views and Reviews, ed. Gisela Brinker-Gabler, (Ariadne Press, 2004)
“Numéro un et Numéro deux: It was Outside, the Rejection of the Image,” in I said I love. That is the promise: The tvideo politics of Jean-Luc Godard, Gareth James & Florian Zeyfang, eds. øjeblikket/b_books: Critical Readers in Visual Cultures #4 (Berlin: b_books, 2003)