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Queer Analysis

New ASCA Research Group: Queer Analysis. | Organizers: Misha Kavka and Diego Semerene

Queer Analysis is a research unit dedicated to investigating queer objects, subjects, encounters and practices as they contribute to and resonate with contemporary culture. Tracing our roots to the intersection of queer theory and psychoanalysis alongside the intensification of LGBTQ+ activism since the 1990s, we embrace various understandings of ‘queer’ to open up analysis of the conditions for living out non-normative genders and sexualities today.

In particular, we pursue a core interest in the question of desire – its theories, mediations and symptoms as testaments to the destabilizing effects and affects of the technological zeitgeist. We understand psychoanalysis to be the language we have for approaching desire rigorously and take queerness to be a generative mode of building, engaging, enacting, creating and consuming cultures. What do queer subjects want and what is wanted of queerness? How are such desires created, mobilized, sustained and stilled? By practicing ‘queer analysis’, our aim is to seek out (in)appropriate modes of analysis for studying the question of desire through a queer/ing lens.

Queer Analysis aims to forge a creative space where scholars drawn to psychoanalytic and queer theory’ logics and methods can do work. We believe in their imbrication and in the urgency of their interpellation in order to think through the questions of our time. While our framework is psychoanalytic, we are interested in a range of interdisciplinary discourses and practices that can enter into conversation with psychoanalysis in their approach to desiring practices and media technologies. 

With an eye to elucidating, mapping and innovating (in)appropriate methodologies, the Queer Analysis research unit will begin by tethering our work to the following axes:

  • The child as a desiring subject and figure of queer desire
  • Trans* desires relating to theory, practice and activism
  • Automated intimacies reflecting desire in/of/for technologies of repetition, predictable pleasures and instant gratification

We invite interdisciplinary scholars, analysts and graduate students interested in the engagement of gender and sexuality studies through a queer theoretical and/or psychoanalytic perspective to join us for lectures, reading groups, workshops, symposia, and tutorials.

If you would like to join the research group please contact Prof. dr. Misha Kavka (m.kavka@uva.nl) and dr. Diego Semerene (d.semerene@uva.nl)

Programme 2022

Tuesday, Sept. 20 at 6pm
Discussion (Lacan’s The Meaning of the Phallus)
Potgieterzaal room in UB (ground floor) (Singel 421-427, 1012 WP Amsterdam)

Friday, Sept. 30, 2-6pm
The Queerness of Babies symposium
Roeterseiland - building JK - 305B (Valckenierstraat 65-67 1018 XE Amsterdam)

Sign up: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-queerness-of-babies-symposium-tickets-414848361617

Tuesday, Oct. 18 at 6pm
Discussion (Marie Couvert, “The Baby and the Drive”; Lacan, “The Mirror Stage as Formative of the I Function as Revealed in Psychoanalytic Experience”)
Belle van Zuylen in UB (first floor)  (Singel 421-427, 1012 WP Amsterdam)

Friday, Nov. 11 at 4pm
Talk: Eve Watson (Dublin-based psychoanalyst), Reflections on the Encounters between Psychoanalysis and Queer Theory 
OMHP, room C 1.17 (Oudemanhuispoort 4-6 1012 CN Amsterdam)

Friday, Nov. 25 at 4pm
Discussion (Eve Watson and Noreen Giffney, Clinical Encounters in Sexuality: Psychoanalytic Practice & Queer Theory [excerpt])
BG2, room 0.12 (Turfdraagsterpad15-17 1012 XT Amsterdam)