Call for Papers

Association for the Psychoanalysis of Culture & Society

Precarity & Community

Rutgers University Continuing Education Conference Center, New Brunswick, NJ
October 25-26, 2019

(Journal Board Meeting, Sunday, October 27, 8:00-9:30am ~ Executive Board Meeting 9:45-12)

This conference takes up the issue of Displacementin terms of both its psychoanalytic and more pragmatic meanings.

We invite you to consider ways in which trauma and distress are displacing meanings, feelings, and persons, resulting in a destabilization of self, meaning, home, safety, and community. How might we constructively address these issues through a psychoanalytic lens that might promote greater understanding of what is being displaced and greater stability and safety for those being displaced? How might a psychoanalytic lens help to inform our conceptions and interventions?

Please think broadly about these issues from your own discipline and perspective, and consider proposing multidisciplinary conversations that discuss these issues across disciplines or that invite commentary from a different discipline or interdisciplinary perspectives that integrate concepts and modes of knowledge production from different disciplines.Engaging other fields is invited so that our discussions enrich and expand our ability to explore the issue of displacement broadly, such that both problems and possibilities might be further revealed.

Consider, for example, how the perspectives of psychoanalysis, culture and social justice might inform the following:

  • The politics of displacement and migration across the globe
  • How do media and public discourse support or undermine the possibility of acceptance of whatever and whomever is being displaced?
  • Normalization of “mental health” and displacement of alternate psychic experiences
  • Displacement of psychoanalysis and political intent of CBT and neoliberal ideologies of managed care
  • Social and political displacement of persons with disabilities
  • How do groups and organizations disrupt, or create, community?
  • Ideas, ideals, values and displacement
  • Ways in which literature, film, or other art forms displace our sense of community
  • Ways in which language obscures or disrupts the possibility of creating community
  • Displacement and community in schools and universities
  • ‘Normalization’ and the displacement of gender- and ability-variant children
  • Displacement in politics: boundaries between countries, race and gender.
  • Technology: the displacement of humanity?
  • Displacement in the clinical setting
  • Environmental displacement
  • What do we hear in clinical settings that illuminates social displacements?
  • Brexit, the border wall, and other enactments related to displacement and the displaced
  • Displacement in climate discourse
  • What processes of displacement contribute to mass incarceration?
  • How does technology mediate/facilitate displacement?

Individual paper proposalsmay be submitted, as well as symposium, roundtable, or working session proposals.Most sessions will be 90 minutes long. Individual papers will be grouped into themed panels.

Panel and symposium formats presume no more than 15 minutes per speaker; roundtables presume no more than 7 minutes per speaker. All panels should reserve at least 30 minutes for audience participation.At APCS, we value conversation. Keeping your own remarks within the allotted time helps to ensure that all participants can engage in the dialogue.

We welcome proposals that include a required reading posted to our website that those planning to attend the session can read in advance.We hope that all presenters will offer their ideas in a conversational style (avoiding PowerPoint presentations where possible) and we also invite you to think of alternate formats that promote discussion.

Abstracts should be no longer than 300 words and will be published on our website and on our app. Review criteria will include relevance to the APCS mission and program theme, and appropriate grounding from a theoretical perspective. Submissions are due by June 30, 2019.

On April 1, 2019 we will open our web-based submission process and you will be able to submit a proposal any time between April 1 and midnight on June 30, 2019. Please check our website at updated submission details, which will be posted shortly.

Meanwhile, if you have any questions please contact conference co-chairs: Marilyn Charles, or Lita Crociani-Windland at

Submission Details
Symposia and Roundtables: Submission should include both an overview of up to 300 words and individual presentation abstracts of up to 300 words each. Individual titles and abstracts are not required for roundtables.

Individual Paper Submissions: Individual presentation abstracts should be up to 300 words each.

Registration Waivers
APCS is pleased to announce at least 20 registration waivers to graduate students and those earning under $50,000 in 2018 in return for 5 hours of time donated to conference activities such as the registration table. Preference will be given to those giving presentations. Please send your accepted abstract to our Volunteer Committee: María Mirόn (, Karla Gomez (, Devon King ( Marilyn Charles ( committee consideration one week after proposal acceptances are sent out.

Please note that first consideration for waivers will be given to those with accepted proposals. Students who are not presenting may also apply during this period for consideration.  All applications for waivers should be made within the week following acceptances. Students not planning to submit proposals may contact the volunteer committee to be placed on a waiting list.

APCS encourages all participants to reflect on the social importance of their contribution and to articulate that value in their presentation.  It is our view that the psychoanalytic investigation of culture and society constitutes a unique and indispensable means of understanding AND intervening in our most serious social problems, and we encourage proposals that work to further this project. 

We welcome submissions from a broad range of disciplines and psychoanalytic schools of thought. The conference will be of interest to psychoanalytically informed scholars in the social and political sciences, media, cultural and literary studies, and to clinicians and practitioners concerned to explore themes related to the psychic, the social and social justice.

Please see the website for updates: at contact Conference