Forscher­trieb, The In­stinct for Re­search: To­ward a Queer Psy­cho­analy­sis and a Psy­cho­an­a­lyt­i­cal Queer The­ory

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  • The Madness of Methods: Emerging Arts Research Practices

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  • Forscher­trieb, The In­stinct for Re­search: To­ward a Queer Psy­cho­analy­sis and a Psy­cho­an­a­lyt­i­cal Queer The­ory

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  • Panel: The Madness of Methods: Emerging Arts Research Practices

    Ex­plor­ing the ways in which the dig­i­tal works as an in­ter­face for queer sex­u­al­ity (in fan­tasy and in prac­tice) this paper ar­gues for a Queer The­ory re­turn to psy­cho­analy­sis, and its tra­di­tion of the­ory-based prac­tice and prac­tice-based the­ory. The con­struc­tion of the human body – its dri­ves, its af­fects, its mark­ings, its ill­nesses – have all been ques­tions taken up by Queer The­ory as it has had, from the be­gin­ning, the lived body as its main ob­ject of study. Yet Queer The­ory’s rise to aca­d­e­mic promi­nence has also co­in­cided with an in­tense re-con­fig­u­ra­tion of this human body and how it deals with its ob­jects of de­sire through the in­creas­ing em­bed­ding of dig­i­tal tech­nol­ogy in the every­day. Tak­ing up bare­back­ing (un­pro­tected sex among strangers) as an em­blem­atic con­tem­po­rary “prob­lem” of and for queer­ness, the paper in­ves­ti­gates the ways in which psy­cho­an­a­lytic the­o­ries of early child­hood de­vel­op­ment help us un­der­stand what is at play be­tween the new media sub­ject and his new media ob­ject.

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