Month: February 2012

University Publishing In A Digital Age By publishing we mean  simply the communication and broad dissemination of knowledge, a function that has become both more complex and more important with the introduction and rapid evolution of digital and networking technologies. There is a seeming limitless range of opportunities for a faculty member to distribute his […]

You can tell Gayle, if she calls, That I’m famous now for all of these rock and roll songs. And even if that’s a lie, she should’ve given me a try. When we were kids on the field of the first day of school. I would’ve been her fool. And I would’ve sang out your […]

This is for the messed up kids bound like dynamite, The wandering drunks out on the town tonight, For the romantic killer that’s never been caught, For the crackpot who hit the jackpot and stopped. This is those who climb right to the top, Just to feel what it’s like to drop, For the critical […]

In recent years powerful new tools for analysing large quantities of textual data have emerged. Yet in many cases, there is little awareness of these tools or how fruitfully they could be applied across a range of disciplines. This introductory workshop explores these new tools and their uses, aiming to leave participants in a situation where they could feasibly incorporate […]

Although I agree that as long as there have been human beings there have been questions about sex, I believe that the current deluge reflects less eternal inquisitiveness than a modern epidemic of insecurity and worry generated by a new social construction: the idea that sexual functioning is a central, if not the central, aspect of a […]

My mother is a professional musician, and the metaphor of music has helped me explain sexuality to numerous audiences. Open a textbook on human sexuality, and nine times out of ten it will begin with a chapter on anatomy and physiology. This opening sets the stage for the assumption that “the biological bedrock,” as it […]

In the 1960s a range of political, social, economic and cultural factors intersected to generate a dramatic increase in the range and scope of everyday discourse about sex and sexuality. People begin to think and talk about sex/sexuality with a degree of explicitness and visibility which had heretofore been lacking. This generates interpenetrating feedback loops […]

DSM IV cautions that individuals within any diagnostic group are heterogeneous: its categories are only intended as aids to clinical judgement. But it promotes an idea of specificity in diagnosis that is linked to a conception of specificity in underlying pathology. The broad categories of the start of the twentieth century – depression, schizophrenia, neurosis […]

The psy discourses that took shape across the twentieth century brought into existence a whole new way of relating to ourselves – in terms of neuroses, trauma, unconscious desires, repression, and, of course, the theme of the centrality of sexuality to our psychic life. To say we have become “neurochemical selves” is not to say that this […]

In psychoanalysis, and in the whole array of psychotherapies that accompanied it, the eye gave way to the ear: it was the voice of the patient that was the royal road to the unconscious. Madness, as mental illness, neurosis, and psychosis, came to be located in a psychological space – the repository of biography and […]

My aim is descriptive and diagnostic – to begin to map the new territory of biological citizenship and to develop some conceptual tools for its analysis Nikolas Rose, The Politics of Life Itself, Pg 137, Princeton University Press In short: my plan is to do the same thing with sexual experience in late capitalism….

Today, we are required to be flexible, to be in continuous training, life-long learning, to undergo perpetual assessment, continual incitement to buy, constantly to improve oneself, to monitor our health, to manage our risk. And such obligations extend to our genetic susceptibilities: hence the active responsible biological citizen must engage in a constant work of […]

The new style of thought in biological psychiatry not only establishes what counts as an explanation, it establishes what there is to explain. The deep psychological space that opened in the twentieth century has flattened out. In this new account of personhood, psychiatry no longer distinguishes between organic and functional disorders. It no longer concernes […]

Therapy seems to mean a getting back to basic sensory and visceral experience. Prior to therapy the person is prone to ask himself, often unwittingly, “What do others think I should do in this situation?” “What would my parents or my culture want me to do?” “What do I think ought to be done?” He is thus […]

Payments to the credit rating agencies – Moody’s, Standard & Poor’s and Fitch – doubled in the five years of s subprime boom, totalling $6 billion by 2007. Unfortunately the efficiency of those agencies did not keep pace with their earnings. In July 2007, the US financial watchdog published a damning account of the ratings […]