The Transdisciplinary Connections Forum on Psychology, Psychoanalysis, and Literature brings literary scholarship into conversation with psychological and psychoanalytic theories and practice. Our members include both psychoanalytic theorists and critics, and scholars who examine psychological and psychoanalytic influences on modern and contemporary literature and culture. We welcome members working from any theoretical orientation, on any time period, and in all literary fields.

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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