Saturday, January 13, 2018

Anti-Trumpism and Bullshit at (Semi-)Philosophy Conferences

Here's the kind of conference announcement that shows up on the PHILOS-L list all the time these days:

Call for Papers and Abstracts | Resistance: Psychoanalysis and Critical Theories
Apr. 20th - 21st, 2018 | Villanova University, Villanova, PA
Sigmund Freud started to explore the social and political potential of his psychoanalytical theory in Totem and Taboo (1913), Group Psychology and the Analysis of the Ego (1921), and Civilization and Its Discontents(1930). The Early Frankfurt school further took up this political valence and combined historical materialism with analyses of the psychodynamic of familial, romantic, and erotic relations under centuries-long patriarchal conditioning. For some time, freudo-marxism was the implicit method of critical or radical political theorists. In more recent years, however, psychoanalysis has met with criticism for presupposing a variety of patriarchal and colonial norms and prejudices and for emphasizing individual, psychic interiority. This conference brings psychoanalysis and the variety of possible critical theories together in order to critically examine these presuppositions in psychoanalytic theories, as well as to call for a critical engagement with the current politics and society using psychoanalytic theories. We invite papers that engage with psychoanalysis critically and/or engage with the critical potentials in psychoanalytic theories. ...Topics may include but are not limited to:· Psychoanalysis and queer theory· Trans studies and psychoanalysis· Frankfurt school and psychoanalysis· Psychoanalysis and contemporary critical theory· Critical race theory· Feminism and psychoanalysis· Decolonial or postcolonial theory· Political affect and psychoanalysis· Metapsychology and Method
Not making this up. My emphasis.   I'm not going to waste any time on this, other than to say, of two of the selections bolded above: (a) so...those are the criticisms of Freudianism they're most concerned about? That it's pseudoscientific claptrap doesn't make the list? (And, of course: individuality is one of the things the left really hates...) And (b) hey, can anybody think of a way to make the current political situation worse? No?'s an idea: how about we stick in some psychoanalysis? Then maybe some Scientology or something.


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