Tuesday, 24 March 2009

APCS Call for Papers

The Association for the Psychoanalysis of Culture and Society

2009 Annual Conference:

Psychoanalysis, Economy, and Limits

Rutgers University: October 9-10, 2008

Submissions due by July 1, 2009.

This conference will address the intersection of psychoanalysis and the economy in light of the question of limits. Now when the enactment of an unlimited market economy has paradoxically revealed its limitations, the time has come to investigate the implications of psychoanalysis for thinking about economy and its limits. We are seeking proposals that investigate what psychoanalysis—both in its theoretical and clinical forms—can offer for an understanding of this intersection. Please think broadly about issues that arise in your discipline in relation to these questions. Topics might include:

  • The possibilities for psychoanalytic interventions in the economy
  • The economy of psychoanalysis as a theory or as a practice
  • The economy in media studies
  • Negotiating budgetary constraints and financial restrictions in psychoanalytic work
  • The relationship between the infinite and the finite in psychoanalysis
  • The other as a limit or the limitations of otherness
  • New clinical, cultural, or theoretical interventions on the relation between psychoanalysis and limits
  • Negotiating the limits of intellectual work in the struggle for social justice
  • Psychoanalytic responses to economic crisis and anxiety
  • The economy of race and ethnicity
  • Psychoanalysis and the possibility of economic justice in a time of neoliberal hegemony
  • How the economy might be politicized
  • Contemporary investigations into feminism and psychoanalysis relative to the economy

We are particularly interested in panel proposals or roundtables that discuss these issues and also invite you to think of alternate formats that promote discussion.

Abstracts should be no longer than 250 words. Please attach a cover sheet that includes your name, primary affiliation, and contact information. Abstracts may be sent to: todd.mcgowan@uvm.edu

APCS, an interdisciplinary psychoanalytic organization, encourages all participants to reflect on the social importance of their contribution and its relationship to social justice. It is our view that the psychoanalytic investigation of culture and society constitutes a unique and indispensible means not only of understanding but also of intervening in our most serious social problems, and we encourage proposals that work to further this project.

1 comment:

  1. I think Nadler's got a stall planned for that conference, selling his idTunes (http://www.prozacville.co.uk/2009/04/so-far-around-bend.html).