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Subject: [BOU:] Call for Papers: Psychoanalysis and Democracy
Date: Thu, 19 Aug 2004 12:02:13 -0400

There is still time to present a paper or panel at the exciting conference
of the Association for the Psychoanalysis of Culture and Society (APCS)
coming up at COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY, New York City on October 15-17, 2004.


Please send your proposal now (as an abstract of not more than 300 words)

Call for Papers

The Association for the Psychoanalysis of Culture and Society (APCS) is
holding its annual conference at the Union Theological Seminary of Columbia
University. The theme of this year's conference is: PSYCHOANALYSIS AND

The conference will take place on October 15-17, 2004, just prior to the
American presidential election. The aim of the conference is to explore how
psychoanalysis might help to address some of the major issues facing
democratic institutions and ideals, both in the United States and at a more
broadly global level.

Psychoanalytic theory, since its inception in the late nineteenth century,
has aspired to possess a broadly social and cultural dimension, and to
maintain a theoretical framework that would allow it to address not only our
personal and subjective life, but also our broader social institutions, from
the family and other intimate human relations, to larger institutions such
as the nation, the army and the church. Every human social link, from the
parent-child bond to the formation of larger national ideals and cultural
practices, entails a complex set of identifications and ideals, which shape
subjective experience in diverse and sometimes conflicting ways.

Recent debates about democracy, and current events on a global scale, call
for a re-examination of the basic concepts that lie at the intersection
between psychoanalysis and democracy today, from notions of citizenship,
human rights, and justice, to practices of punishment, freedom, equal
representation, and other political "technologies of the self." How might
psychoanalysis help to address the social questions that challenge or
reconfigure democratic culture today? What does psychoanalysis have to say
about citizenship and subjectivity in the world today?

Possible Topics May Include:

the subject of democracy 

 psychoanalysis and the politics of identity 

democracy and sexuality 

historical transmissions of trauma 

witnessing in psychoanalysis and politics 

abject citizens: exiles, immigrants, prisoners, the disenfranchised 

queer democracy 

institutions of mourning in politics and psychoanalysis 

citizenship and subjectivity 

punishment, reparation, and historical memory, freedom of speech 

biotechnology and the subject 

institutions of traumatic memory: the Truth Commission, the Supreme Court,
The Hague, the war memorial 

perversions of democracy 

psychoanalysis and human rights 

formations of guilt in politics and in psychoanalysis 

the nation/state as case study: Haiti, Chile, Argentina, Bosnia, Texas,
California, South Africa 

Panel proposals are especially welcome. Send panel proposals, and individual
paper proposals, including: (1) title, (2) abstracts (not to exceed 300
words), and (3) the name and affiliation of each speaker to: Professor
Charles Shepherdson, Department of English, State University of New York,
Albany NY 12222. psycho <>

Deadline: September 6, 2004.

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