Call for Papers: The Zizek and Media Studies Reader
Since the early 1970s, film, media, and cultural theorists have appealed to Lacanian psychoanalytic theory in order to discern processes of subjectivization, representation, and ideological interpellation. In much of the early approaches to Lacanian theory in these fields, concepts such as the ‘mirror stage’, the Imaginary, the Symbolic, and the ‘gaze’ figured heavily. However, beginning with the work of theorists such as Jacqueline Rose, Joan Copjec and Slavoj Zizek, a new approach to Lacan has been advanced, one which pays closer attention to concepts such as sexual difference, the objet petit a (the object-cause of desire), fantasy, the Real, enjoyment, and the drive. Zizek in particular has advanced a political-philosophical re-interpretation of Lacan that has spawned a whole new wave of Zizekian film, media, and cultural theory that shows a marked difference from an early Lacanian approach. They differ insofar as a Zizekian approach demonstrates connections between the media, ideology, the objet petit a, the Real, the drive, and enjoyment.
We are seeking papers to be included in an edited collection titled, The Zizek and Media Studies Reader. Papers should discuss Zizek’s relevance for and connection to one of the following areas of media studies: film/cinema; popular culture; and, new/digital media. Suggested topics include:
· A Zizekian reading of a particular film/popular culture artefact
· Ideology critique
· Media politics
· Subjectivity/Identity studies
· Media in the context of the ‘demise of symbolic efficiency’
· Communicative capitalism
· The relationship between media and desire/drive
· Media and fantasy
· Media and enjoyment
Please submit abstracts between 250-500 words and a short biographical statement by September 15th, 2012 to either
Matthew Flisfeder <mailto:matthew.flisfeder>
Louis-Paul Willis <mailto:louis-paul.willis>
Accepted papers, between 8000-12 000 words (including endnotes), must be submitted by April 30th, 2013.