2023 Conference

Lack on the Lake 2023

Due to University restrictions during COVID, we had to postpone LACK until the Spring of 2023.  The conference will now take place Thursday through Saturday April 20-April 22, 2023. We hope very much that you will be able to make this new date.  We will send out a query in advance of the conference to see who is able to still attend or if you have changed your paper title.


Psychoanalytic Theory in 2023

Proposals have already been sent in, if you would still like to submit please contact the organizers.

LACK, an organization devoted to the promotion and development of Lacanian psychoanalytic theory, will be held at The University of Vermont in Burlington, Vermont on April 20-22, 2023. This conference hopes to bring together those interested in exploring the philosophical and cultural implications of psychoanalytic theory, especially as it relates to the question of contemporary politics. Though practitioners are welcome, the focus of the conference is psychoanalytic theory rather than practice, and theoretical papers will be privileged.

Participants can address any issues touching on Lacanian theory in the broadest sense, and the following topics are meant to be suggestive rather than exhaustive:

* Psychoanalysis and Politics

* Anxiety in the Contemporary World

* The implications of Das Ding and object à

* Explorations of Drive and Desire                                                       

* Enjoyment in Culture and Society

* Psychoanalytic Queer Theory

* Psychoanalysis and the Struggle Against Racism

* Equality, Feminism, and Desire

* Social media

* The Psychoanalysis of Aesthetics

* Contemporary Television

* Transgender theory and psychoanalysis

* The Role of Fantasy in the Psyche and in Society

* The Significance of German Idealism

* Contemporary Symptoms

* Psychoanalysis and Literature

* Intersections Between Psychoanalysis and Popular Culture

* Psychoanalysis of Capitalism

* Psychoanalytic Interpretations of Populism

* Psychoanalysis and Cinema

* Psychoanalysis and the Environment

To propose a preconstituted panel of three papers, please send the individual abstracts and other information in a single attachment. (Preconstituted panels are encouraged, but individual papers are also welcomed.)

Please email questions or paper proposals as Word attachments, including title, 250-word abstract and brief bio to both organizers: