The Hauntological Turn: Psychoanalysis and Political Economy

Research Seminar

Wageningen University, the Netherlands

12-13 May 2017


Seminar Programme:

Friday 12 May

9:00 – 9:30:                Introduction/Organization

9:30 – 11:00:              Paper Session I                        Chair: Japhy Wilson

Development and the Poor: Enjoy Your Symptom!

     Ilan Kapoor, York University, Canada

 Looking Awry at the Poor’s Agency in Development Studies with Slavoj Žižek

     Tara van Dijk, Maastricht University, Netherlands

From Ontology to Hauntology, Or ‘How are Earth-beings’?

     Pieter de Vries, Wageningen University, Netherlands

11:00 – 11:30:                        Coffee Break

11:30 – 13:00:                        Paper Session II           Chair: Chizu Sato

The Wound of Whiteness: Conceptualizing Economic Convergence as Trauma in the 2016 American Election

     Maureen Sioh, DePaul University, USA

 Loss of Sovereignty and Social Abjection: On the Melancholic Objects of Political Desire

     Tereza Kuldova, University of Oslo, Norway

How is the Personal Political? Psychoanalysis, Radical Politics, and Trauma 

     Jesse Proudfoot, Durham University, UK

13:00 – 14:00:            Lunch Break

14:00 – 15:30:                        Paper Session III         Chair: Jelle Behagel

 Anxious Subject: Political Transformation and the Politics of Race

     Andreja Zevnik, University of Manchester, UK

Surplus Value as Absent Cause, Surplus Jouissance as Object Cause

Ceren Özselçuk, Boğaziçi University, Turkey

     Yahya M. Madra, Drew University, USA

15:30 – 16:00:                        Coffee

16:00 – 17:00:                        First Day Wrap-up

Drinks and Dinner!!!


Saturday 13 May

9:00 – 9:30:                 Coffee/Reorganization

9:30 – 11:00:               Paper Session IV          Chair: Maureen Sioh

The De-politicized Politics of the Anthropocene: An Immuno-biopolitical Fantasy

     Erik Swyngedouw, University of Manchester, UK

How Nature Haunts Us: I Am a Red Parrot

     Jelle Behagel, Wageningen University, Netherlands

Sustainable Fantasies? The End of Capitalism vs. the Sustainable Development Goals

     Robert Fletcher, Wageningen University, Netherlands

11:00 – 11:30:                        Coffee

11:30 – 13:00:                        Paper Session V           Chair: Pieter de Vries

Plasticlass Futures

     Ayşem Mert, Stockholm University, Sweden

The Politics of Awakening

     Japhy Wilson, University of Manchester, UK

Narcissism: Between Smith and Freud

     Samo Tomsic, Humboldt University, Germany

13:00 – 14:00:            Lunch

14:00 – 15:30:                        Paper Session VI          Chair: Ceren Özselçuk

Psychoanalysis and Critical Political Economy: On Competition

     Jason Glynos, University of Essex, UK

The (Old) World has to go: On the Economist as Faust

     Sara Westin, Uppsala University, Sweden

Capitalism as Hegemonic: The Wolf Man and the Psychotic Phenomenon

     Anup Dhar, Ambedkar University Delhi of Calcutta, India

15:30 – 16:00:                        Coffee

16:00 – 17:00:                        Final Wrap-up