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Subjectivity at the Intersection of Metaphoric and Metonymic Functions

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I have been intending to return and continue the two lines of discussion I had started earlier concerning the broader theme of political subjectivity and the more specific issue of metonymic and metaphoric functions for a while now, but too many things stopped me from doing so.  Thankfully a recent comment/question by Malte about my earlier posting on metaphor and …

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SPA Panel on Political Subjectivity – April 1, 2011, Santa Monica

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The biennial meeting of the Society for Psychological Anthropology this year took place from March 31 to April 3 in Santa Monica, California. Below you will find audio recordings of a panel myself and Byron Good had put together on the topic of political subjectivity. Terry O’Nell requested that her presentation not be published here due to ethical concerns regarding …
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Political Subjectivity / Subjectivity beyond the Subject

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I have come across an interesting talk by Caroline Williams which would be of interest and relevance to those following the topic of subjectivity, and political subjectivity in specific.

Professor Williams teaches at the School of Politics and International Relations at Queen Mary, University of London, and her main focus is on political theory, and as you will hear in …

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Political subjectivity – in action

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I want to leave a quick note for any and all of the friends who had started to get engaged with my earlier postings on the theme of political subjectivity, both to apologize for having disappeared, and to give a quick explanation.

I am definitely very interested in continuing that thread and will be back, hopefully before long, to continue …

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The Hegelian Subject: Negativity and the Desire for Desire

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As I mentioned in the last note, the two notions of negativity and linguistic structure provide the basic context for discussing political subjectivity. Sara’s reflection on the notion of negativity was certainly welcome, given that I think that is really what sets Lacan’s work apart from so much of what is on the market as psychoanalytic theory. I would …

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The (Lacanian) unconscious: structure and negative ontology

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As I pointed out in the last post, Lacan’s successful juxtaposition of a psychoanalytic model of the subject with (post)structuralist approaches to meaning and linguistic organization has contributed immensely to the contemporary understanding of the subjective as political. At the same time, however, a significant aspect of Lacan’s ‘structural’ conception of the subject which has fundamental relevance to our …