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Forthcoming issue: Comedy and Catastrophe

CFP Deadline: 30 November, 2013

We live in a time of nearly-ceaseless crises and catastrophes. Whether it is the financial crisis of 2007-2008 in the US, which became a sovereign debt crisis around the globe; or the natural catastrophes across the globe, at least one of which became the nuclear crisis of Fukushima; or the amorphous war on terror announced by the events of 11 September 2001, which led to the failed campaigns of Afghanistan and Iraq; or the now-seemingly permanent refugee crises facing countries everywhere; or the periodic pandemics that grip the world; or again the now-uncannily-certain sense of approaching global ecological collapse—scarcely a week passes wherein the webpages and televisual screens of the global media are not filled with dire headlines, alerts, and joyless commentators presaging doom. None of these things, it might be thought, is a laughing matter.

Yet comedy in the West was born in a time of catastrophe, and has been often wedded to it historically since. Aristophanes’ ribald old comedy to its shape and setting in an Athens beset by annual Spartan invasions, ravaged by plague, and weakened by a war which the comedian, and several of his heroes, make clear they see no real point to at all.

Psychoanalysis, for its part — a profession born from the mouths of the living malaises of its analysands — has always also been closely concerned with all things comedic. Freud’s 1906 Jokes and Their Relation to the Unconscious already associates the unusual working of the Witz (puns, double entendres, etc.) with the formations of the unconscious. Sometimes “to mother” is “to smother,” as Woody Allen has long prestidigitated upon, like a veritable comedic Hamlet: humour, comedy, and “plays upon words” are a benign way that the truth of the unconscious will out. Lacan in his crucial Seminar V, The Formations of the Unconscious, thus devotes a good deal of time to examining Freud’s Joke book, the phenomenon of laughter and the working of Witz, before turning to observations on Aristophanes and Genet, and comedy as a literary genre.

We invite submissions on “Comedy and Catastrophe.” Possible topics include comedy and politics, comedy and resistance, comedy and economics, comedy and the global financial crisis, comedy and the new Europe, comedy and literature, comedy and war. We invite scholarly papers from a Lacanian perspective or from a perspective of neighbouring fields.

Please send inquiries to Gregor Moder (gregor.moder [at] gmail.com) and Matthew Sharpe (matthew.sharpe [at] deakin.edu.au).


Vol 5 (2012): Topology

Special topic on topology edited by Benjamin Bishop

Table of Contents

Editorial

Topology and the Inscription of the Clinic PDF
1-5

Articles

A Method of Reading a Knot PDF
6-46
Generalized Placement: Elements of Analytic Knot Theory PDF
46-89
Topological Objects and the Current State of Mathematics PDF
90-94
A Year in the Company of Knots PDF
95-97

Dialogues

Homology: Marx and Lacan PDF
98-113
From Representation to Class Struggle: A Response PDF
114-126

Interventions from the Clinic

Current Controversies in the Treatment of Autism in France PDF
127-144