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CFP: MLA 2024–Queer Theory and Psychoanalysis (Guaranteed Panel)

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    Dorothy Stringer

    The MLA’s Forum on Psychology, Psychoanalysis and Literature solicits abstracts for a guaranteed panel at the 2024 MLA Convention in Philadelphia on queer theory and psychoanalysis. We particularly welcome theoretical and archival scholarship that centers LGBTQI+ theorists, artists, intellectuals, and writers.Queer theory embraces psychoanalysis and its speculative concepts as crucial elements of counter-identitarian critical practice. Yet the relationship between these two fields remains under-examined.Topics of particular interest include:

    • Queer theory as an influence on psychoanalytic theory and/or clinical practice
    • Contemporary and historical queer critiques of psychoanalysis, especially lesser-known and extra-canonical critiques
    • Psychoanalytic eclecticism in queer theory; eclectic queer theorists such as the late Leo Bersani
    • Historical and contemporary psychoanalytic homo- and transphobia


    Submit 300-word abstracts and one-page CV to Dorothy Stringer ( by March 24.

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