Irresistible Forms of Interaction – Psychosocial and Psychoanalytic Approaches to Media Culture
This symposium brings together prolific voices from the fields of psychosocial and psychoanalytic studies, offering in-depth analyses of digital media culture. Presentations range from inquiries into fragmented attention to deep play and video-games, from fantasies of masculinity in the ‘Incel’ movement to the psychical dimensions of public argument and the libidinal economy of corporate online platforms.
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Our common denominator are forms of interaction. The psychoanalyst and sociologist Alfred Lorenzer (1922–2002) defined such forms as the fundamental building blocks of everyday life. These forms of interaction are literally irresistible, unfurling automatically in routine situations and offering an embodied and relational grounding to our being in the world. Forms of interaction both ‘keep us going’ and hold us in place. Their socialising forces reside in routines and habits.
The commercial Internet has brought forth a plethora of such forms of interaction: likes, swipes, streaks, tweets, shares, posts, pokes, comments, scrolls, votes – all of them are now part of our social texture. Looking into these forms, this symposium sheds light on their overall formative powers. How is attention shaped online and with what effects? How are arguments fleshed out and how are they made to touch us? What fantasies about gender relations are circulating online? How are video-games played and with what socialising effects? What affective dispositions are produced by the commercial orientations of major Internet platforms? It is questions such as these that the symposium will take up and offer answers to from a psychoanalytically informed perspective.
12.00-12.15 Welcome & Lunch
12.15-12.30 Steffen Krueger: Words of Welcome
12.35-13.20 Vera King (Head of the Sigmund Freud Institute, Frankfurt):
Irresistible Interactions and Fragmented Attention
13.30-14.15 Jacob Johanssen (Senior Lecturer, University of Westminster):
Desiring Fascist Bodies? Incels and Fantasies of Masculinity
14.15-14.35 Coffee Break
14.35-15.20 Lynn Froggett (Professor of Psychosocial Welfare, University of Central Lancashire):
Deep Play and Video-Games
15.30-16.15 James Martin (Professor of Political Theory, Goldsmiths, University of London):
The Flesh of Argument
16.15-16.30 Coffee Break
16.30-17.30 Steffen Krüger (Postdoc, University of Oslo):
Platformed Selves – Caricatures of the Corporate Internet
Followed by a final discussion.
The symposium is organised by: Dr. Steffen Krüger, Guro Torget (MA) and Claudia L. V. Merkl (BA) Dept. of Media and Communication, University of Oslo.
With generous support from:
The Research Council of Norway (RCN),
The Department of Media and Communication, University of Oslo (IMK, UiO), Media-Aesthetics, as well as
PolKom – Centre for the Study of Political Communication.