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65 5th Ave, Room 411
New York, NY, 10003
United States

Funded by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, The Graduate Institute for Design, Ethnography & Social Thought at the New School incubates advanced transdisciplinary research and practice at the intersection of social theory and design and fosters dialogue on related themes across the university.

Lana Lin


The GIDEST seminar is held on Fridays from 12-1:30pm. All seminars take place in the GIDEST Lab at 63 Fifth Avenue, Room 411.

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Lana Lin

Keen for the First Object

LANA LIN is an artist, filmmaker, writer, and Associate Professor of Media Studies at The New School. Her work examines the fragilities and contradictions of human and discursive bodies, emphasizing the conceptual and poetic capacities of moving image media. Drawing on psychoanalysis, her recent book, Freud’s Jaw and Other Lost Objects: Fractured Subjectivity in the Face of Cancer (Fordham, 2017) centers on three exemplary figures–Sigmund Freud, Audre Lorde, and Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick–to consider what it means to live with life-threatening illness. The Cancer Journals Revisited, her feature experimental non-fiction film, continues this inquiry, focusing on Lorde’s classic memoir/manifesto which actualized intersectionality before the term was even coined. Her current project, in collaboration with H. Lan Thao Lam, engages with the epistolary impulse at the Northeastern border between India and China.

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