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LACK 2016

Program (updated April 18, 2016)

Friday, April 22, 2016

8:30-9:00 Registration
(Gaylord Hall, Worner Center)

Coffee and tea will be served


9:00 – 10:00 Welcome and Opening Plenary
(Gaylord Hall, Worner Center)


Mari Ruti (University of Toronto)
“On Anxiety: Striving, Failing, Muddling Along”

10:15 – 11:30 Panels

1A Religion
(Gaylord Hall, Worner Center)
Chair: Alex Bove

K. Daniel Cho (Otterbein University)

“Monotheism and its Vicissitudes.”

James Godley (State University of New York at Buffalo)

“On Infinite Grief: Hegel and Lacan on the Thought of Death.”

A. Kiarina Kordela (Macalester College)

“Religion of Enjoyment.”


1B Whose symptoms? Re-reading discourses of Transsexuality
(WES Room, Worner Center)
Chair: Trish Salah

Patricia Elliot (Wilfried Lauier University)

“Transphobia as Symptom: Fear of the Unwoman.”

Trish Salah (Queen’s University)

“Returning to Schreber: Trans Literature as Psychoanalysis.”

Beau Molnar (York University)

“Writing While Being Read: Gender Uncertainty in Trans Sex Work Memoirs.”


1C Fantasy, Three Ways
(Screening Room, #131, Cornerstone Arts Center)
Chair: Bill Davis

Mira Gerard (East Tennessee University)

“‘It tastes like ashes’: Ophelia and Eros.”

Levi R. Bryant (Collin College)

“The Repression of Things: Fantasy, Meaning, and the Return of the Real.”

Timothy Richardson (University of Texas at Arlington)

“Engines of Desire.”


1D Television
(Slocum Commons)
Chair: Cindy Zeiher

Hilary Neroni (University of Vermont)

“God Only Knows: Orphan Black and the Ideology of DNA.”

Ryan Engley (University of Rhode Island)

“The Serial Freud: Bingeing and the Traumatic Interval”

Michaela Wünsch (University of Vienna)

“American Sitcoms and Race as Master Signifier”

11:45 – 1:00 Panels

2A Hegel Avec Lacan
(Gaylord Hall, Worner Center)
Chair: Russell Sbriglia

Todd McGowan (University of Vermont)

“What Hegel Means When He Says ‘Vernünft.”

Geoff Pfeifer (Worcester Polytechnic Institute)

“Between Desire and Drive: Žižek and the Politics of the New.”

Russell Sbriglia (University of Rochester)

“From Sublimity to Sublimation: Hegel, Lacan, Melville.”


2B Transgender and Lacanian Psychoanalysis
(WES Room, Worner Center)
Chair: Sheila Cavanagh

Shanna Carlson (University of Chicago)

“Sex for Structuralists.”

Sheila L. Cavanagh (York University)

“Tiresias and Psychoanalysis after Oedipus.”

Oren Gozlan (Adler Graduate School)

“The Transsexual Does Not Exist.”


2C Deleuze–Lacan: Pleasure and Enjoyment, Drive and Desire
(Screening Room, #131, Cornerstone Arts Center)
Chair: Aaron Schuster

Aaron Schuster (Sandberg Institute, Amsterdam)

“Sexuality and Thought”

Pietro Bianchi (Duke University)

“Looking with No Eyes: The Lacanian Gaze and the Problem of the Formalization of the Visual Field.”

Peter Klepec (Institute of Philosophy, Ljubljana)

“Encountering the Real”


2D Sublimation
(Slocum Commons)
Chair: Scott Krzych

Lori Douglas (Texas A&M, Commerce)

“The Impossibility of Freedom: Desire in Jonathan Franzen’s The Corrections.”

Helena Gurfinkel (Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville)

“Oscar Wilde vs. the Service of the Goods.”

Scott Krzych (Colorado College)

“Steven Soderbergh’s Circumstantial Objects.”


1:00 – 2:00 Catered Lunch
(Main Space, Cornerstone Arts Center)


2:15 – 4:00 Panels

3A Logic, Chance, the Dupe
(Gaylord Hall, Worner Center)
Chair: Scott Krzych

Sheila Kunkle (Metropolitan State University)

“Freedom: The Topology of a Concept.”

Jonathan Lee (Colorado College)

“Freedom and the Aleatory.”

David Wittenberg (University of Iowa)

“The Subject as Phil Laak: Poker and the Game of Intersubjectivity.”

Tom Ratekin (American University)

“The Aesthetics of Ordinary Psychosis: Tom Ford’s Makeover of A Single Man


3B Freedom/Action
(WES Room, Worner Center)
Chair: Mari Ruti

Aino-Marjatta Mäki (Kingston University)

“Freedom from Psychotherapy: Lacanian Critique of Transformative Justice”

Jung-Hsien Lin (Claremont Graduate University)

“Perversion as the Practice of Freedom.”

Trevor Pederson (Boston Graduate School of Psychoanalysis)

“Freedom with, Freedom from, and Freedom in the Superego”

Melissa Wright (State University of New York, Buffalo)

“The Masquerade as Feminine Forfeiture”


3C The Gap
(Screening Room, #131, Cornerstone Arts Center)
Chair: Anna Kornbluh

Simon Hajdini (University of Ljubljana)

“What’s in a Cause? Kant avec Lacan.”

Carter Smith (Wake Forest University)

“A Knowledge that Doesn’t Know.”

Derek Hook (Duquesne University) and Callum Neill (Edinburgh-Napier University)

“Lacan’s Master-Signifier Revisited, or, Mandela and Repression.”

Ilan Kapoor (York University)

“The Pervert vs. the Hysteric: Politics at Tahrir Square.”


3D Automation and Subjectivity
(Slocum Commons)
Chair: Alex Bove

Tom Ryan (University of Denver)

“Becoming Who On Is Again and Again: On the Possibility of Transcendence in the Lacanian Subject.”

Atilla Hallsby (North Carolina State University)

“Chelsea Manning’s Turing Test: Pornography, Number, and the Dirty Secret.”

Jason Clemence (Regis College)

“When the Author Vanishes: The Secondary Text as Discipline in Caché and Lost Highway.”

Amanda Duncan (Pacific University)

“The Machine as a Figure of Desire and Literary Transgression in Becket and O’Brien’s Postcolonial Novels.”

4:15 – 6:00 Panels

4A Acts
(Gaylord Hall, Worner Center)
Chair: Rashna Singh

Henrik Wilberg (Northwestern University)

“The Cunning of the Letter: Liberation Against Freedom in Lacan”

Natasha Silver (University College London)

The Ethics of Psychoanalysis: Death and the Authentic Act.”

Serene John-Richards (University of Kent)

“On Laws and Transgressions: Agamben and Lacan.”

Gautam Basu Thakur (Boise State University)

“The (Subaltern) Act of Freedom.”


4B Interpretation
(WES Room, Worner Center)
Chair: Scott Krzych

Jean Wyatt (Occidental College)

“Desire and Language: Jacques Lacan, Jean Laplanche, and the Capacity to Interpret.”

George Butte (Colorado College)

“The Wounds of Peter Pan: Sexuality and the Heimlich”

Jamil Khader (Bethlehem University)

“A Žižekian Theory of the Fantastic Imagination: The Lacanian Real and Ideological Critique.”

Tamas Nagypal (York University)

“Masculine Fatalism and Feminine Jouissance in Film Noir.”


4C Textuality and Sexuality
(Screening Room, #131, Cornerstone Arts Center)
Chair: Alex Bove

Louis-Paul Willis (Université du Québec)

“Interfacing Desire: On Her and the Absent Gaze

Mina Ivanova (Georgia State University)

“The ‘Butcher of Baghdad’ Transmogrified: The Ideological Function of ‘Saddam Hussein’ as a Master Signifer, Objet petit a, and Phobic Object in the Bush Administration Rhetoric”

Sheldon George (Simmons College)

“Fantasy and Female Sexuality in Toni Morrison.”

Cindy Zeiher (University of Canterbury)

“Being Quiet: Locating Freedom in an Erotic Relation with Words.”



4D Working with Kant and Sade
(Slocum Commons)
Chair: Amy Swiffen

Karyn Ball (University of Alberta)

“Debtfare Jouissance? Maurizzio Lazzarato’s ‘Indebted Man’ from the Standpoint of Jacques Lacan’s ‘Kant avec Sade’”

Catherine Kellogg (University of Alberta) and Amy Swiffen (Concordia University)

“Obscene Enjoyment: Sadean Jouissance in Lacan’s Seminars”

Lidija Sumah (University of Ljubljana)

“In Respect of Freedom: Kant’s Ethics and Its Affective Remainder.”


6:15 – 7:15 Plenary Lecture
(Gaylord Hall, Worner Center)
Coffee, tea, and snacks
Joan Copjec (Brown University)
“A-Grammartology: Of God, Grammar, and Gags”


Saturday, April 23, 2016

9:00 – 10:00 Plenary Lecture
(Gaylord Hall, Worner Center)
Coffee and tea
Richard Boothby (Loyola University)
“Psychoanalysis and Freedom: To Speak Again of the Thing”
10:15 – 11:30 Panels

5A Space(s)
(Gaylord Hall, Worner Center)
Chair: Sheila Kunkle

Donald Kunze (Penn State University)

“Lacan, Architecture, and Idiotic Conditions of End-Times.”

Gabriela Gomes Costardi (University of São Paulo)

“The Psychoanalytic Act as the Major Place of Freedom in Lacan’s Theory.”

Ed Pluth (California State University, Chico)

“Lacanian Anti-Humanism and Freedom”


5C Dollars and Sense
(Screening Room, #131, Cornerstone Arts Center)
Chair: Jason Clemence

Clint Burnham (Simon Fraser University)

“The Selfie as Event: Lacan’s Mirror Stage in the Digital Present.”

Tad Delay (Claremont Graduate University)

“The Populist’s Fantasy: Social Media and the Fifth Discourse.”

Kathryn Kuitenbrouwer (University of Toronto)

“Drowning for Dollars: Crusoe, Jouissance and the Bottom Line.”


5D Gaze, Law, State
(Room 301, Cornerstone Arts Center)
Chair: Todd McGowan

Paul Eisenstein (Otterbein University)

“Pure Law: Agamben and Politics”

Anna Kornbluh (University of Illinois at Chicago)

“States of Psychoanalysis: Formalization and the Space of the Political.”

Frances Restuccia (Boston College)

“Is the Gaze a State of Exception?”


11:45 – 1:30 Panels

6A Desire and Sexuality in Literature
(Gaylord Hall, Worner Center)
Chair: Jean Wyatt

Daniela Garofalo (University of Oklahoma)

“Enjoying Woman’s Lack in Jane Austen’s Emma.”

C.V. Principe (York University)

“Lacan as a Culture Theorist: Applying His Intervention of Desire to Melville’s ‘Bartleby, the Scrivener.”

Margeaux Feldman (University of Toronto)

“Ugly Sex and Flat Affect: Cumming of Age in Marie Calloway’s what purpose did i serve in your life

Seung-min Song (Claremont Graduate University)

“Kant and Lacan in Terms of Desire and Drive.”


6B Sound
(WES Room, Worner Center)
Chair: Jonathan Lee

Deanna Fong (Simon Fraser University)

“The Real of the Reel: Vocal Objecthood in the Roy Kiyooka Audio Archive”

Keidrick Roy (U.S. Air Force Academy)

“(Re)sounding Texts: Repetition, “Rememory,” and Alternate Realities in Ralph Ellison and Richard Wright”

Joe Tompkins (Allegheny College)

“Make Believe: Interpassive Melodies and Narrative Film Music”

Alois Sieben (Simon Fraser University)

“Romancing the Machine: The Digital Drive of Samantha in Her.”


6C Contemporary Film
(Screening Room, #131, Cornerstone Arts Center)
Chair: Michael O’Riley

Felicia Cosey (University of Kentucky)

“Black Dynamite: The Black Male as Facilitator in Post-Apocalyptic Cinema.”

David Denny (Marylhusrt University)

“On the Unbearable Abjection of Freedom: The Act of Killing

Jason Landrum (Southeastern Louisiana University)

“Richard Linklater’s Before Trilogy and Loving What We Don’t Have.”

Brian Wall (State University of New York at Binghamton)

“‘The effect of a cut’: Skin and the Drive in Trouble Every Day (2001).”


6D Media/Politics
(Room 301, Cornerstone Arts Center)
Chair: Ryan Engley

Maren Thom (Queen Mary University of London)

“Žižek and the Post-Political: Investigating Terrorism in Hunger (2008) and Four Lions (2010)”

Hyon Joo Yoo (University of Vermont)

“The Real of Cinema Revisited”

Julia Cooper (University of Toronto)

“Critically Queer: Sean Baker’s Tangerine (2015)”

Farshid Kazemi (University of Edinburgh)

“From Femininity to Masculinity and Back: Feminine Jouissance in Shahriar’s Daughters of the Sun (2000).”

1:30 – 2:30 Catered Lunch
(Main Space, Cornerstone Art Center)


2:45 – 4:30 Panels


7A Hostility
(Gaylord Hall, Worner Center)
Chair: Anna Kornbluh

Matt Merskey (University of Vermont)

“Where It Watches, There I Will Become: The Freedom in Film’s Repressed Materiality.”

Ben Tyrer (King’s College London)

“Whatever Gets You Through the Night: Paranormal Activity (2007) and the Burden of Freedom.”

Fabio Vighi (Cardiff University)

“The Great Denial, Part 1”

Heiko Feldner (Cardiff University)

“The Great Denial, Part 2”


7B Psychoanalysis and Philosophy
(WES Room, Worner Center)
Chair: Alex Bove

Jonathan Michael Dickstein (Claremont Graduate University)

“Badiou Against Miller: Suturing with Freedom.”

Andrew Santana Kaplan (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)

“The Question Concerning Authenticity: Working-Through as the (Sinthomatic-) Freedom of Psychic Inoperativity.”

Nathan Gorelick (Utah Vally University)

“The Human Object: Between Lacan and New Materialism”

Bruno Xavier (FDV, Brazil)

“Law: What Is It Good For?  Thinking Exception Through Psychoanalysis and Philosophy”


7C Interpreting Identity
(Screening Room, #131, Cornerstone Arts Center)
Chair: Nadia Guessous

Hanna Baranchuk (Georgia State University)

“The Tragicomedy of the Nation: A Psycho-Rhetorical Theory of National Identity Negotiation.”

Paul Elliott Johnson (University of Pittsburgh)

“Attitudes Towards Democracy: Tragic and Comic Attachments to Political Objects”

Philip Sayers (University of Toronto)

“Lacanian Reading and the Hermeneutics of Suspicion”

Eleanor Kaufman (University of California, Los Angeles)

“The Little Cough and Not Being There in Lacan and Ella Sharpe.”


7D Mind and Body
(Room 301, Cornerstone Arts Center)
Chair: Sheila Kunkle

Katie Glanz (Johns Hopkins University)

“Love, Autonomy, and the Ruptured Subject

Daae Jung (State University of New York at Buffalo)

“Against Neuroscience’s ‘Occam’s Razor’: Surplus Affects in Psychoanalysis.”

Clark Buckner (San Francisco Art Institute)

“Un/Freedom: Civilization’s Discontent and the Traversal of Fantasy”

Jennifer Wang (The New School)

“Lack of Lack: Lacan and the Autistic Bodily Experience.”


4:45 – 5:45 Plenary Lecture
(Gaylord Hall, Worner Center)
Coffee, tea, and snacks


Alenka Zupančič (Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts)
“Psychoanalysis and Critique”