Special issue on ‘Trauma and repair in the museum’

Guest Editors:
Alexandra Kokoli, Middlesex University, a.kokoli@mdx.ac.uk
Maria Walsh, Chelsea College of Arts, UAL, m.walsh@chelsea.arts.ac.uk

Contemporary curatorial thinking and practice confronts some of the most complex questions of museology and heritage studies in which practical considerations of conservation interweave with philosophical and political reflections on transience, memory, and commemoration. How might psychoanalytic thinking enable both a regenerative approach to such questions and a critical lens through which to examine the inherent ‘goodness’ thought to reside in object relations? Last but not least, psychoanalysis offers a toolkit through which to examine the strength of feeling, i.e. the passionate attachments, that curatorial decisions, acquisitions, de-acquisitions, and reclassifications inspire in their publics, particularly in the case of national and civic collections.

Full call for papers available here.

Situated at the intersection between psychoanalysis and the social world, submissions are expected to fulfil the mission statement of the journal in mobilising the psychoanalytic toolkit to bring about positive social change, through analysis and/or proposals of models for future practice (https://www.palgrave.com/gp/journal/41282/authors/aims-scope).

Please submit an ABSTRACT of 300-500 words and a BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE of up to 100 words to the special issue editors by 9 December 2019.

Authors will be notified of the outcome of their proposal in January 2020. First full drafts will be due in June 2020.

Psychoanalysis, Sexualities and Networked Media

Edited by Jacob Johanssen, Communication and Media Research Institute, University of Westminster

While psychoanalytic schools have come to understand sexuality in different ways, other disciplines such as queer theory, cultural studies and philosophy have grappled with and drawn on those conceptualisations of sexuality. Particular notions that are often taken for granted in every day discourse – perversion, fetishism, voyeurism – were (and are) developed by psychoanalysts. The call for papers for a special issue of Psychoanalysis, Culture and Society takes psychoanalytic theories of sexuality / sexualities and how they were adapted/critiqued by other disciplines as a starting point for analysing contemporary networked media, online spaces and digital phenomena.

Full call for papers available here.

Please send abstracts of no longer than 500 words to Jacob Johanssen by 09 September 2019. Accepted full papers will be due in February 2020. The special issue will be published in December 2020.

Association for the Psychoanalysis of Culture and Society Call for Papers on
DISPLACEMENT: Precarity & Community

Rutgers University Continuing Education Conference Center, New Brunswick, NJ
October 25-26, 2019

We invite you to consider ways in which trauma and distress are displacing meanings, feelings, and persons, resulting in a destabilization of self, meaning, home, safety, and community. How might we constructively address these issues through a psychoanalytic lens that might promote greater understanding of what is being displaced and greater stability and safety for those being displaced? How might a psychoanalytic lens help to inform our conceptions and interventions?
Please think broadly about these issues from your own discipline and perspective, and consider proposing multidisciplinary conversations that discuss these issues across disciplines or that invite commentary from a different discipline or interdisciplinary perspectives that integrate concepts and modes of knowledge production from different disciplines. Engaging other fields is invited so that our discussions enrich and expand our ability to explore the issue of displacement broadly, such that both problems and possibilities might be further revealed.

Abstracts should be no longer than 300 words and will be published on our website and on our app. Review criteria will include relevance to the APCS mission and program theme, and appropriate grounding from a theoretical perspective. Submissions are due by June 30, 2019.

Full call for papers available here.

On April 1, 2019 we will open our web-based submission process and you will be able to submit a proposal any time between April 1 and midnight on June 30, 2019. Please check our website for updated submission details, which will be posted shortly.
Meanwhile, if you have any questions please contact conference co-chairs: Marilyn Charles or Lita Crociani-Windland.