CFP: [Science] Skin, Culture, and Psychoanalysis (edited collection)

full name / name of organization: 
Rachel Hurst
contact email: 
psychoanalysisandskin@gmail.com

Call for papers: Skin, Culture and Psychoanalysis

Edited by Sheila L. Cavanagh, Rachel Hurst and Angela Failler
Deadline for submissions: 15 February 2009
Email: psychoanalysisandskin_at_gmail.com

The editors of Skin, Culture and Psychoanalysis invite contributions for an
interdisciplinary collection on the cultural politics and psychoanalysis of
skin. We welcome papers that unhinge skin from the biological sciences to
examine its layers of significance by way of social and psychoanalytic
critique. Skin is the first and enduring medium through which we encounter
the world. It delimits interiority and exteriority and, consequently, our
relationships to self and others. Skin is laden with unconscious meanings
and those we attach to it with respect to gender, sexuality, ‘race’ and
racialization, religion, nationality, class, and dis/ability. Moreover, as
both “screen” and “container,” skin functions to simultaneously reveal and
hide the ways we negotiate identity, body and culture. Perhaps due to these
complexities, skin remains an under-theorized yet productive site of
inquiry.

Skin, Culture and Psychoanalysis connects theory from various disciplines
with a range of practices from the clinical domain to fine and performing
arts. This collection locates skin at the centre of inquiry, rather than as
a jumping-off point from which to study “deeper” topics. Papers focusing on
actual and fantastical skins are welcome, as are interdisciplinary works on
skin from the arts and humanities, the social sciences, psychoanalytic
clinicians, and cultural critics of diverse intellectual traditions.

Possible topics include (but are not limited to):

- the skin ego
- racialization and the production of “national skins”
- transgendered/transsexual skins
- gendered and eroticized skins
- childhood skins
- aging skins
- traumatized/injured skin
- skin memory
- skin in art, literature, sculpture and photography
- skin in film and popular culture
- cyberskins
- monstrous skins
- skin dis-ease
- body modification and cosmetic surgery
- psychodermatology

Please send a 500-1000 word abstract, working title, and brief biographical
statement in a MS Word or PDF attachment to Rachel Hurst at
psychoanalysisandskin_at_gmail.com on or before 15 February 2009 (inquires may
also be sent to this address). Do not send complete papers. We will
invite papers for the collection by March 15, 2009. Final papers will be
due July 1, 2009 and will range in length from 5000-8000 words.

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cfp categories: 
science_and_culture