New Section Announcement:

Lamella: Perspectives on psycho-ecological (non)relationships

Editors: Hilda Fernandez-Alvarez and Lucas Pohl

Lamella is a new section within the peer-reviewed journal Psychoanalysis, Culture and Society that focuses on psych-ecological critiques, on the relationship and non-relationships between psyche and ecology and its sociopolitical, cultural and economic implications.

Lamella is a liminal and interstitial concept, it refers to the thinnest layer that separates a body’s surface from another; thus, it can account for relationships and non-relationships between human beings and other-than-human entities, highlighting both its inseparability but also its impossibility. That is why Lamella invites original contributions that address this field through theoretical, practical, or experienced psychoanalysis. From clinical and non-clinical perspectives on ecological (un)sustainability, Lamella desires to link psychoanalytic approaches with other fields, from environmental philosophy, ecopsychology, and human geography to political ecology, ecofeminism, or posthumanism, as well as artistic approaches, such as landscape painting, nature documentaries, or popular culture. Lamella encourages authors to engage psychoanalytic concepts and methods to examine issues related to human-environment relations in the broadest possible sense, participating of intellectual and political debates around topics such as sustainable development, “green” capitalism, climate crisis, animal studies, traditional ecological knowledge, indigenous studies and conservation. In this way, we hope to provide a place for further engagement with environmental issues concerning the relationship between psychoanalysis, culture, and society.

Thank you to Lynne Layton & Peter Redman who are stepping down & welcome to the new editors!

Psychoanalysis, Culture and Society is an academically innovative and diverse journal which has been taken forward in recent years by its esteemed Editors, Lynne Layton (15 years) and Peter Redman (8 years). Palgrave Macmillan would like to extend its deepest thanks for this significant contribution to the journal. Lynne and Peter’s leadership and dedication have been pivotal in the development and achievements of PCS.

Lynne and Peter have written a paper in which they reflect on their time as Editors, review some of the major contributions to the field and explore some of the challenges faced by the journal. Read it here: ‘Gratitude and leave-taking: Editorial reflections, 2003–2017

We are also delighted to announce that Lynne and Peter will remain involved with the journal in an advisory capacity.

As of January 1st, 2018, a new chapter begins for PCS as Angie Voela and Michael O’Loughlin take over as Editors. Palgrave is very much looking forward to working with them to continue the success of the journal.