About the CNPC

The Canadian Network for Psychoanalysis and Culture (CNPC) is a network of psychoanalytic scholars and practioners in Canada that meets semi-annually, in addition to hosting local events organized by CNPC members throughout the year. The CNPC’s inaugural conference themed The Freudian Legacy Today was held at the University of Toronto from September 20-22, 2013.

Le Réseau canadien pour la psychanalyse et la culture (RCPC) est un réseau de chercherus et de cliniciens. Le colloque inaugural du réseau Le legs freudien aujourd’hui se tiendra à l’Université de Toronto du 20 au 22 septembre, 2013. Par la suite, le groupe se réunira de façon semi-annuelle.

The CNPC’s semiannual conference draws Canadian and international academics, clinicians and cultural workers whose research brings psychoanalysis to the study of culture.

Le colloque semi-annuel du réseau réunit des chercheurs canadiens, québécois et internationaux dans le domaine général des sciences humaines qui s’intéressent aux conséquences de la découverte psychanalyituqe pour l’étude des aspects variés de la culture.

One of the goals of the network is to increase collaboration across constituencies, with a focus on the inclusion of Canadian academics, graduate and undergraduate students, as well as Canadian psychoanalytic practitioners, training analysts, and analytic candidates whose work considers psychoanalytic interpretations of cultural, artistic, pedagogical, philosophical, and political discourses.

Le réseau s’avère à facilitater la collaboration entre communautés diverses, parmi lesquelles on retrouvera les universitaires canadiens et québécois, les étudiants de 1er, 2e et 2e cycles, ainsi que les cliniciens et analysants dont l’attention porte vers l’interprétation analytique des discours culturels, artistiques, pédagogiques, philosophiques et politiques.

Through shared scholarly discussions, the CNPC provides a venue whereby psychoanalytic research can made accessible to a larger community. The CNPC also supports the establishment of reciprocal relationships between academics based in institutions across the country.

Par moyen de discussions ouverts au public, le RCPC fournit l’occasion pour disséminer la recherche psychanalytique parmi la communauté générale. Le RCPC encourage également la formation de relations entre chercheurs affiliés aux universités situés à travers le Québec et le Canada.

The CNPC will soon be announcing an advisory board  as well as an editorial board that will jointly oversee network publications and events. The advisory board will join Canadian and international members to increase the visibility of our collective work among academic and clinical psychoanalytic communities across the world, including those whose work takes place in languages other than English and French.

Executive Committee

Jun Mian Chen, Conestoga College jchen@conestogac.on.ca

Jun Mian Chen teaches at Conestoga College and is currently studying education at Brock University. He has an interdisciplinary background in philosophy and sociology from Wilfrid Laurier University. He is keenly interested in the philosophy of race. Other areas of interests include student migration and immigration, internationalization of higher education, and ethics.

Dina Georgis, University of Toronto dina.georgis@utoronto.ca

Dina Georgis’ work draws on theories of loss, affect and mourning to think through how narrative and art articulate the emotional residues of the past and provide the conditions for imagining better futures.  Her book, The Better Story: Queer Affects from The Middle East (SUNY, 2013), is a conversation among postcolonial studies, queer theory and psychoanalysis. With a focus on the Middle East, it considers the dynamics of political conflict, and the histories and subjectivities made from them. Her present research examines the works of a group of war generation Lebanese artists who have been prolifically archiving the war. In common to these artists is a concern with the limits and dilemmas of representing the civil war.

Kristine Klement, York University kklement@yorku.ca

Kristine Klement, Ph.D., teaches at York University and is a Candidate in Training at the Toronto Institute for Psychoanalysis. Her work explores how the disruptive manifestations of the unconscious, including femininity, hysteria, and the symptom, have been put to work by artists and activists in their demands for social change. She has written on representations of femininity and hysteria in feminist and queer theory, aesthetics and politics. Her work appears in Women Writers, (a) the Journal of Culture and the Unconscious, and Correspondances: Courrier de l’École Freudienne du Québec. Currently, she is interested in what today’s symptoms tell us about the subjective effects of changing social, economic, and kinship structures under neoliberal global capitalism.

Sara Matthews, Wilfrid Laurier University smatthews@wlu.ca

Sara Matthews is Associate Professor in the Department of Global Studies at Wilfrid Laurier University. Her interdisciplinary work brings aesthetics and cultural theory to the study of violence and the dynamics of social conflict.  Her new project, “The Cultural Life of Drones”, explores social responses to technologies of military surveillance and mechanized killing such as drone warfare. In addition to her academic work, Sara curates aesthetic projects that archive visual encounters with legacies of war and social trauma. Her critical writing has appeared in PUBLIC, FUSE Magazine, Gallery TPW R&D and in exhibition essays for the Art Gallery of Bishops University, YYZ, Circuit Gallery and the Art Gallery of Ottawa. Her manuscript “Aesthetic Interventions: Art, Affect and Learning from Conflict”, explores how aesthetic mechanisms symbolize the difficult work of coming to know oneself as human in the aftermath of genocide and war.

James Penney, Trent University jamespenney@trentu.ca

James Penney’s research pivots around the implications of Lacanian psychoanalysis for the study of literature, cinema, and art, as well as for politics. He is the author of The World of Perversion: Psychoanalysis and the Impossible Absolute of Desire (SUNY Press, 2006), The Structures of Love: Art and Politics beyond the Transference (SUNY Press, 2012), and After Queer Theory: The Limits of Sexual Politics (Pluto Press, 2014). His work has appeared in Paragraph, Angelaki, Radical Philosophy, Diacritics, Umbra, Psychoanalysis, Culture and Society, Communication Theory and New Formations, as well as in the anthologies The Psychoanalysis of Race (Columbia University Press, 1996), Perversion and the Social Relation (Duke University Press, 2003), and Comparatively Queer (Palgrave, 2011). He teaches in the Cultural Studies Department and the Modern Languages and Literatures Department at Trent. He is currently working on a book about the poetic acts of Jean Genet.