Plenary Speakers

Deborah Britzman, York University
Deborah P. Britzman is Distinguished Professor of Research at York University, Toronto and Psychoanalyst. Britzman works in the area of psychoanalysis and education and is known for contributions in teacher education, studies of the emotional world, studies in difficult knowledge, and clinical formulations of teaching and learning. The recent book is Freud and Education (2011), with Routledge Press. Britzman’s current project is a study of the psychology of teaching and mental health.

Clint Burnham, Simon Fraser University
Clint’s research interests include contemporary literature, theory (esp. psychoanalysis and Marxism), visual culture, popular culture, and digital humanities. He is the author of studies of Steve McCaffery and Fredric Jameson. His novel Smoke Show was shortlisted for the 2005 BC Book Prize and his latest book of poetry, The Benjamin Sonnets, was published in 2009. Clint has written on art in fillip, Flash Art, Camera Austria, The Vancouver Sun, Canadian Art, Artforum, and The Globe and Mail. He co-edited the art catalogue Digital Natives with Lorna Brown, From Text to Txting with Paul Budra, and an issue of Canadian Literature on 21st century poetics with Christine Stewart; his most recent critical book is The Only Poetry that Matters: Reading the Kootenay School of Writing. He is presently writing about the photography of Kelly Wood, and a book-length project on Slavoj Žižek. Clint is a founding member of the Vancouver Lacan Salon.

Eric Cazdyn, University of Toronto
Eric Cazdyn is Professor of Cultural and Critical Theory at the University of Toronto, where he teaches courses on psychoanalysis and the relation between culture and politics. He is the author of The Already Dead (Duke, 2012), After Globalization (with Imre Szeman, Wiley-Blackwell, 2011), The Flash of Capital (Duke, 2002); and editor of Trespasses (Duke, 2010) and Disastrous Consequences (SAQ, 2007). He recently completed a manuscript on the problem of praxis (the irresolvable relation between theory and practice) within psychoanalysis, Buddhism, and Marxism as well as an experimental novel entitled A Thousand Non-Coincidences.  Currently, he is on a Mellon Foundation Fellowship pursuing an interdisciplinary project called “The Wordly Clinic”, that begins by questioning the boundaries of the pychoanalytic clinic and proposes to re-claim its radical potential.

Judith Hamilton, Toronto Psychoanalytic Society; Lacan Toronto
Dr. Hamilton is a psychiatrist and psychoanalyst in private practice in Toronto.  After a classical psychoanalytic training and practice in the three major schools, Freudian, Object Relations and Self Psychology, she came to the work of Jacques Lacan.  The study of Lacan’s theories and their backgrounds in a variety of disciplines, the treatment techniques they imply, and the methods of transmission of both have added significantly to her understanding and work with contemporary patients.  Also they have provided her and others with an enormous intellectual, collegial and technical enrichment in the field of psychoanalysis as it is applied in the clinic and in the academy.

James Penney, Trent University
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.

Allan Pero
Allan’s work explores the interdisciplinary connections between and among literature, psychoanalysis, and critical theory. He is Core Faculty at the Centre for the Study of Theory and Criticism. Most recently, he has lished puban article on Roy Kiyooka in Arc Poetry Magazine, has written an introduction to a new edition of Wyndham Lewis’ Self Condemned, has contributed an essay on the voice as object in Memento Mori to Muriel Spark: Twenty-First Century Perspectives (ed. David Herman), and has been guest editor for a Special Issue on Voice and Performance for Modern Drama.  He is currently working on a book-length study of Camp aesthetics and Modernism, and is co-editing and contributing to a volume of essays on Edith Sitwell with Gyllian Phillips. Finally, he is, with Kel Pero, co-editing and contributing to a large volume tentatively called An Encyclopedia of Cultural Theory for UTP. He also writes poetry and makes visual art in his spare time.

Jeanne Randolph
Randolph’s writing has explored the relevance to art making of psychoanalytic theory, technology, advertising, mass media and other pop phenomena such as Barbie dolls, prize fights, weather reports, medical devices and cars. She is the author of the influential Psychoanalysis & Synchronized Swimming and other writings on art (1991), and her practice as a cultural theorist includes extemporaneous soliloquy performances on the state of contemporary culture. In 1983 she introduced ficto-criticism as a critique of modernist art criticism. Randolph’s other books include Symbolization and its Discontents (1997), Why Stoics Box: essays on art and society (2003), Ethics of Luxury: materialism and imagination (2007) and The Critical Object [digital redux] (2010). In 2011, Randolph completed her seventh book, Shopping Cart Pantheism: a story of commodity adoration, at The Berton House Writers’ Retreat (Dawson City, Yukon).

Mari Ruti, University of Toronto
Mari Ruti is professor of critical theory at the University of Toronto, where she teaches contemporary theory, continental philosophy, psychoanalysis, and feminist and queer theory. She is the author of Reinventing the Soul: Posthumanist Theory and Psychic Life (2006); A World of Fragile Things: Psychoanalysis and the Art of Living (2009); The Summons of Love (2011); The Singularity of Being: Lacan and the Immortal Within (2012); The Call of Character: Living a Life Worth Living (2013); and The Age of Scientific Sexism: Evolutionary Psychology and Gender Profiling (forthcoming). Her current project is entitled Between Levinas and Lacan: Self, Other, Ethics.

Clive Thomson
Clive Thomson is an Elected Member of the Toronto Institute for Contemporary Psychoanalysis and is a psychoanalyst in private practice in Toronto. He is Guest Member of the Toronto Psychoanalytic Society where he has been co-teaching an extension course on Jacques Lacan for the past several years. He is Professor in the School of Languages and Literatures at the University of Guelph, and Professor Emeritus of Western University. Recent publications:  “Are All Analysts Women?” Actes du colloque: Les formations cliniques du Champ lacanien: English-Speaking Seminar in Paris, June, 2007. Colette Soler, ed., Paris: Ecole de Psychanalyse des Forums du Champ Lacanien, 2009. Co-authored : pp. 55-68 ;  “De la pédérastie à l’homosexualité: la perversion comme site d’un nouveau rapport entre médecin et patient (1880-1900),” Itinerarios : Revista de estudios lingüisticos, literarios, historicos y antropologicos, Vol. 10 (2009) : pp. 241-25; “Masquerade, Femininity, Sexe, and the Lac/analyst,” Actes du colloque: Les formations cliniques du Champ lacanien: English-Speaking Seminar in Paris, June, 2009. Colette Soler, ed. Paris: Ecole de Psychanalyse des Forums du Champ Lacanien, 2011. Co-authored: pp. 103-118.