Psy and Marx… at UPEI???

November 9, 2009

This is a little too surreal. From my home province:

Call For Papers
Marxism and Psychology Conference
The University of Prince Edward Island

August 5-7, 2010

Submission Deadline: January 15, 2010

In the history of social thought, it is difficult to find a more divisive figure than Karl Marx. For many, the mere mention of his name conjures up images of totalitarian regimes dominating nearly every aspect of an individual’s existence. Yet for others, Marx’s critique of the capitalist mode of production draws attention to the fact that our beliefs, thoughts, and desires inevitably emerge against the background of specific cultural, historical, and social practices.
The purpose of this conference is to bring students, scholars, and activists together to discuss exciting issues at the intersection of Marxism and Psychology. While it is clear that a number of organizations are making important contributions to this area of study, we believe that the time is right to open up a space for students, scholars, and activists from a variety of disciplinary backgrounds to reflect on the role that Marxism can play in psychological theory, research, and practice.
In bringing together scholars at the forefront of research in Marxism and Psychology, we also hope to give new students and activists an opportunity to interact with individuals who have made significant contributions within this area. By organizing an impressive collection of plenary participants, we hope to foster an environment where students, activists, and scholars can identify potential graduate advisors, research assistants, and participatory investigators.
This year, confirmed plenary participants include:
John Cromby
Raquel Guzzo
Lois Holzman
Gordana Jovanovic
Joel Kovel
Athanasios Marvakis
Morten Nissen
Ian Parker
Carl Ratner
Hans Skott-Myhre
Thomas Teo
Biographical information for the plenary participants can be found on the conference website.
We welcome submissions for individual papers and panel sessions. For individual papers, please submit an abstract (150-200 words) no later than January 15, 2010. For panel submissions, please include an abstract (150-200 words) for each paper as well as a brief description of the panel (150-200 words). Please submit all materials Abstracts should either be in the body of the email or sent as an attachment (DOC or PDF format).
While the conference poster is available at the conference website, we also have color posters that need to be distributed widely. If you are interested in receiving some posters, please send us an email ( with your mailing address.
For further information, please visit the conference website:
Michael Arfken, PhD.
Director, Marxism & Psychology Research Group (MPRG)
Department of Psychology
University of Prince Edward Island

This may not be to people’s tastes, but what about putting together a panel for the upcoming Historical Materialism conference in NYC on Zizek, Marx and Method?

I told you so

The conference is more or less about the resurgence of interest in Marx, so I think a panel on Zizek would be pertinent.

It would also give some focus to the next few rounds of readings…

Marx 100-Mark-1971

P.s. What would Marx have thought of having his face on money??

Psychoanalysis and wealth

August 23, 2009

Psychoanalysis and wealth

Psychoanalysis and wealth

My name is BoTG, and I’m the co-chair of the Graduate Student Association of Social and Political Thought. I’m here to welcome you to the 23rd edition of our student conference, Strategies of Critique. I’ve done little more than act as a Hegelian Monarch as regards organizing this conference, doting the ‘i’s’ on various cheques, so I won’t talk for very long, letting the people who’ve worked so hard on this to talk to you for a bit. But I want to take a minute or two to open up the question love, the topic of this year’s conference.

I’m not one of this year’s presenters, and I’ll admit that it’s because I don’t know a thing about love. I hardly know where to begin. All I have are a few cliché’s: something about ‘counting the ways,’ and something else about a red, red rose. I used to be hard-core into McLuhan, and one of the things I remember of his work was the assertion that clichés are probes; so I’m going to riff a little on what little I know about love, a couple of cliché’s.

One of the problem’s of love is being asked “why?” – why do you love this, love that, love me? One of the impulses is to give a list: I love this for that, I love that for this, I love you because…let me count the ways! And so ensues a list that could run from 1 to 100 and still not answer the question of why, instead remaining at the level of ways. Of course the materiality of love, its ways, are important. But from 1 to 100, 1000, on and on to infinity, still the question ‘why?’ remains. Why do you love #1? That is, what is the ‘0’ that holds the place that the first item of the list begins to fill?

The other option presented to me is much like the first – provide a list of qualities that are adequate to the description of love. I think that this is again of the materiality of love: my love, it is this rose. See, see its qualities? These are my love. Likewise, for a more advanced couple, one could point to a child: there, there is our love, walking…or pooping, as the example might demand. Love needs its diapers changed.

This still doesn’t answer the question “why?”, however. Why do you love me? How is it you came to love me? Give assurance that it’s me you love and not a contingency. “Do you love me? Why?” That is, “Why me?”

This formulation of the problem probably reveals my implicit answer, but I’ll leave it at that, and defer to the words of the wise that I imagine I will hear over the next few days. We’ve got people from the West coast of Canada, the East coast of the United States, and People from Europe. Lots of love to go around.

And on that note… Let’s give ‘a round’ of applause to all the people who have made the next few days possible…









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The State

February 27, 2009

This looks kinda cool:

Interdisciplinarity in Feminist State Theory

My session proposal for the Society for Socialist Studies on Marxism and Psychoanalysis has been accepted.

Here is the session description (very basic):

According to Slavoj Zizek, Marxism and psychoanalysis are the only two theories, today, which imply and practice an ‘engaged notion of truth’.  This session seeks papers that engage the relationship between Marxism and Psychoanalysis in contemporary critiques of ideology.  Particular focus will be placed upon Lacanian readings and interpretations of Marxism, or critical Marxian perspectives on Psychoanalysis.  Critical analysis of Freudo-Marxism and Althusserian Marxism are also welcome.

If any of you are interested in submitting an abstract, email me by January 31st.

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.

This looks like an interesting conference…  wish I could actually go!

On the Idea of Communism

Judith Balso, Alain Badiou, Bruno Bosteels, Terry Eagleton, Peter Hallward, Michael Hardt, Jean-Luc Nancy, Jacques Ranciere, Alessandro Russo, Alberto Toscano, Gianni Vattimo, Wang Hui, Slavoj Zizek

The Inhuman…

September 17, 2008

The Inhuman: Investigating Continental Thought in the Humanities

October 3-4, 2008
York University, Toronto

Vanier College
Renaissance Room


Cary Wolfe, Rice University
“Before the Law: Animals in a Biopolitical Context”

October 3rd, Senate Chambers RN940, 7: 00 PM

Conference Schedule

Friday, October 3rd, 2008


8: 45 am – 9: 00 am (Renaissance Room 001)
Robert Brown, Sharanpal Ruprai, Joshua Synenko

Return and Retreat of The Uncanny

9: 00 am – 10: 30 am (Renaissance Room 001)
Chair: Dr. Susan Ingram, York

Ofelia’s ‘Act’ and the Sacrifice of Sacrifice in Pan’s Labyrinth (Susan Moore, York)

Obscenity and Anamorphosis in The 120 Days of Sodom (Jeremy Bell, Trent)

The Uncanny Fecundity of the Novel: America between Mourning and Melancholia in Don Delillo’s “Falling Man” (Ricky Varghese, U of T)