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[ecrea] Digital Media, Psychoanalysis and the Subject - CM special issue published

Fri Mar 03 17:29:20 GMT 2017

Digital Media, Psychoanalysis and the Subject*
***Editors: Jacob Johanssen (University of Westminster), Steffen Krüger (University of Oslo)*

We are very pleased to announce the publication of the special issue Digital Media, Psychoanalysis and the Subject, published by the open access journal /CM: Communication and Media/.

This is the first-ever special issue of a media and communication journal that addresses questions of subjectivity, digital media and the Internet with a focus on psychoanalytic theory.

The contributing authors seek to reassess and reinvigorate psychoanalytic thinking in media and communication studies. They undertake this reassessment with a particular focus on the question of what psychoanalytic concepts, theories and modes of inquiry can contribute to the study of contemporary digital media.

The collection features a broad range of psychoanalytic approaches - from Freudian, via Kleinian and relational, to Lacanian and Jungian - and covers a wide range of issues - from the uses (and abuses) of the mobile phone and other digital devices, the circulation of traumatising images and anxiety-inducing tracking apps, via hysteric feminist discourses, digital fetishes and the exploitation of YouTube celebrities, to the meaning of the gangbang in a priapistic media culture and this culture's emptying-out of meaning towards its climax in a cosmic spasm...

We hope that colleagues will find this collection informative and engaging and a helpful resource for their own work.

*Table of Contents and Download Links:*

Thinking (with) the Unconscious in Media and Communication Studies: Introduction to the Special Issue Steffen Krüger (University of Oslo) and Jacob Johanssen (University of Westminster) <>

Framing the Mobile Phone: The Psychopathologies of an Everyday Object
Iain MacRury and Candida Yates (Bournemouth University) <>

'"If you show your real face, you’ll lose 10 000 followers” – The Gaze of the Other and Transformations of Shame in Digitalized Relationships
Vera King (Sigmund-Freud-Institute & Goethe-University) <>

Media Traumatization, Symbolic Wounds and Digital Culture
Allen Meek (Massey University) <>

The Other Self in Free Fall: Anxiety and Automated Tracking Applications
Christopher Gutierrez (McGill University) <>

Digital Feminisms and the Split Subject: Short-circuits through Lacan’s Four Discourses
Alison Horbury (University of Melbourne) <>

A Digital Death Drive? Hubris and Learning in Psychoanalysis and Cybernetics
Colin John Campbell (York University / OCAD University) <>

YouTubers, Online Selves and the Performance Principle: Notes from a Post-Jungian Perspective
Greg Singh (University of Stirling) <>

The Female Target: Digitality, Psychoanalysis and the Gangbang
Diego Semerene (Brown University) <>

Chaosmic Spasm: Guattari, Stiegler, Berardi, and the Digital Apocalypse
Mark Featherstone (Keele University) <>

With many thanks to the editors of /CM: Journal of Communication and Media/, particularly Jelena Kleut, for their generous help in realising this issue.

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