REMINDER: APCS 2015 Panel - "Narrative Borders: Literature, Film, and Psychoanalysis" (Oct 22-24 2015, New Brunswick NJ)

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Margeaux Feldman and Philip Sayers

For a panel for the Association for the Psychoanalysis of Culture and Society's 2015 Conference, we are seeking two papers on the intersections of psychoanalysis, literature, and film.

Details on the conference as a whole (the theme of which is Border Tensions: Troubling Psychoanalysis) can be found at

The call for papers for the panel is below. If you are interested, please submit a rough abstract (150-250 words) and bio by May 30 to and We will need a polished abstract of 250 words for the June 30 deadline.

Narrative Borders: Literature, Film, and Psychoanalysis

This panel takes as its focus the borders between psychoanalysis, literature, and film. Since its beginnings, psychoanalysis has drawn on literary sources, from Freud's The Interpretation of Dreams to Lacan's discussions of writers including Sophocles, Poe, and Sade. In the work of more recent psychoanalytic theorists such as Slavoj Žižek, Kaja Silverman, and Shoshana Felman, there is also an interest in film as a site for the exploration of psychoanalytic concepts.

This relationship works both ways: writers from Marguerite Duras (whose India Cycle novels draw on Lacanian theory) to Zadie Smith (who engages with Freud in White Teeth) have been influenced by psychoanalysis, as have a wide range of filmmakers, across genres and continents (Alfred Hitchcock, Bernardo Bertolucci, Woody Allen, David Cronenberg). In addition, it is important to consider 'border cases' – writers whose work crosses disciplinary and discursive boundaries, taking in both psychoanalysis and literature, including Julia Kristeva (who has written a number of novels in addition to her theoretical work) and Frantz Fanon (whose theoretical work itself blends different discourses, genres, and modes).

We invite panelists to consider this year's conference theme, "border tensions," by looking at the borders between these discourses, disciplines, and media. Specifically, we are interested in considering both psychoanalysis and culture (literature, film) as ways of engaging with similar problems through the common method of narrative: psychoanalysis, as well as literature and film, tells particular stories about the complex terrain of the psyche. What distinguishes a psychoanalytic narrative from a literary or cinematic one? Are the borders between these narratives as distinct as they might appear? And can reading them alongside one another shed new light on their shared object of study, the human psyche?