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On Psychoanalysis and Violence: Contemporary Lacanian Perspectives (Routledge, 2019) co-edited with Manya Steinkoler is now available for pre-order!
Today violence is everywhere. We are inundated with it, exhausted by it, bombarded by images and reports of it on a daily, even hourly basis. This book examines how psychoanalysis can account for the many manifestations of violence in contemporary society. Drawing on a broadly Lacanian perspective, the authors explore violence in war, terrorism, how the media portrays violence, violent video games, questions of identity, difference and the ‘other’; violence narratives and violence and DSM, and explain how to account for how violence arises and the effect it has on us on both an individual and social level. These are just some of the daily social realities of the present day whose aggression are felt by everyone, which horrify us and which we often feel powerless to change. The contributors have therefore coined a term for this cultural malaise: “angwash”, arguing that we are awash in angoisse or anxiety, in a constant panic regarding the impossible and contradictory demands of a “civilization” in crisis.
Some advanced praise for On Psychoanalysis and Violence:
“Despite the increasing pressure in the modern world to find ways to manage and contain violence, an understanding of its sources so often rests on simplistic psychological and geopolitical arguments. In this fascinating and important book, the role of unconscious factors in violence is explored, as well as the many forms that violence can take as discourse is imposed upon us. In a wide range of examples, from the endless homicides of video games to the ideology of the Alt-right, from the coercive powers of psychiatric diagnosis to the moments when an individual is pushed toward violence, the contributors show how we need to go beyond surface explanations and use a psychoanalytic lens to make sense of the destructive forces both around us and within ourselves.” –Darian Leader, Psychoanalyst, writer and founding member of the Centre for Freudian Analysis and Research
“In this superb collection of essays, the editors have brought together a stellar cast of international scholars for the purpose of testing psychoanalytic theory and practice against the seemingly unstoppable instances of violence that have come to define and dominate the still young 21st Century. Probing into the motives behind ostensibly gratuitous acts of aggression and considering how violence itself has been transformed by the current age of connectivity, this book offers a fresh perspective on the traumatic disruptions of our contemporary social fabric, whilst unlocking fascinating new dimensions of Freud’s brainchild. As such, it will leave a lasting imprint on the minds of its readers.”-Dany Nobus, Professor of Psychoanalytic Psychology, Brunel University London
“This fascinating collection of essays presents a much needed psychoanalytic explanation for old and new forms of violence we are experiencing today. People, however, are not only aggressive towards others, but more and more towards themselves. And, sadly, in times of constant surveillance, violence is on the increase in the way governments and corporations treat people. Anyone who is puzzled by the question of what violence means today and how the forms of aggression changed in the last decade will greatly benefit from this highly original book.”-Renata Salecl, Professor, School of Law, Birkbeck College, London, author of Tyranny of Choice
I’m also currently editing a collection of contemporary psychoanalytic writing and poetry entitled Rendering Unconscious, addressing current world events, politics, culture, the arts, poetry, as well as psychoanalytic theory and practice (Trapart Books, 2018).
Cover art for Rendering Unconscious by Alison Blickle.
To complement my books and events, I host a podcast of the same name Rendering Unconscious, featuring interviews and lectures by psychoanalysts, psychologists, creative arts therapists, artists, musicians, poets, writers, philosophers, intellectuals and scholars.
I am also in the process of writing Scansion in Psychoanalysis and Art: the Cut in Creation (Routledge, 2020). More on that soon!
Carl Abrahamsson and I are also in the preliminary stages of planning part 2 of our wildly successful conference Psychoanalysis, Art & the Occult, which will take place in a special location in the Alps of Northern Italy 30 May – 1 June, 2019. More on that to come soon!
Carl Abrahamsson and I have an exhibition of our cut-up collaborations upcoming at Galleri Granen in Sundsvall, Sweden, including framed collages, film stills, film, music and more. More information on that soon!
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