Society for Socialist Studies

January 11, 2009

Is anyone intersted in proposing a session on Marxism and Psychoanalysis for the this year’s congress?

The Society for Socialist Studies is looking for session proposals.

The deadline is January 15th for session proposals.


4 Responses to “Society for Socialist Studies”

  1. battleofthegiants said

    If you prepare the session write-up, as well as my abstract, I’ll join; and write a paper that matches the abstract you write for me…

    But seriously,

    If you commit to writing a session description, I’ll pound out an abstract.


  2. The Universal Singular said

    I’ll see what I can whip up in the next couple of days.

    • sonnyburnett said

      Here are some suggestions. First, begin with a relentless attack of ‘Canadian sovereignty’, this silly belief of Canada’s that it is its very own state, exercising independence & is not the whore of the US. That in its constant & continuous critique of many things American, it forgets that it is also very much a part of (North) America & is a de facto supporter of US policies.

      Perhaps more so – press forward the thesis that Canadians are ‘more American than the Americans themselves.’ That is, in discussions of Canadian identity, you almost always eventually hear something like ‘At least we don’t do this like the Americans’ or ‘Compared to the States, our position seems rather moderate.’ The Canadian identity is completely wrapped up in its cynical distance from the American (Gov’t). We Zizekians know very well that an American’s cynical distance from his own State is constitutive of the American’s core identity. Thus, if the Canadian takes that even further step to distance himself from the American & his cynicial distance, the Canadian is ‘more American than the Americans themselves.’

      You could bring in Baudrillard here also. In his America, following his general thesis on America qua utopia (America occupying an ‘impossible place’), he spells out how non-Americans involve themselves with mere identity, a ‘weak value’ as he calls it. Whereas America involves itself with its own destiny, a much stronger value. Thus, we can argue how Canadians – if they want to assume a radical socialist position – must fully embrace their identity as (the most truest of) Americans, since only the American preoccupation with destiny could potentially offer up a full assumption of a true socialist position.

      The trick would be, as Canadians, to quit the silly juvenile cynical ‘America is so bad, look what it is doing’ attitude that comes from that nice comfortable & safe ‘neutral’ subjective position of enunciation & fully embrace our true identity as such. Only then could a Canadian potentially begin his journey on the socialist road. Until then, a Canadian is an American in sheep’s clothing, MUCH more dangerous than our brothers down south.

      Just read today that “Canada stood alone before a United Nations human rights council yesterday, the only one among 47 nations to oppose a motion condemning the Israeli military offensive in Gaza.”

      Well, praise the Lord & pass the amunition!

      We Canadians have to ask ourselves if the criticism levelled at Canada by the US & others (that the former has the luxury of the benefits of the latter’s military strength while not shouldering the costs of this burden) is in large part accurate. That Canada can essentially take on the US’s position on most things foreign, while keeping the ever so important ‘internal cynical distance’ that allows it the illusion of its sovereignty & independence.

      Once in awhile, though, what the hell… truth has a nasty habit of working its way out.

  3. The Universal Singular said

    I submitted a session proposal on Marxism and Psychoanalysis. I’ll let you know when I hear back from the organizers and then I’ll tell you guys how to submit papers. I think the deadline for papers is January 31st.

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