New Book: “Misinterest: Essays, Pensees, and Dreams”

Outwardly, Misinterest is concerned with dreams and forgetting and Eros and soaring dogs and groups and suicidal suburban teenagers and sex and jury duty and Nazis and fathers and hatred and holy parrots and fundamentalists and plagues and other things that may or may not be interesting. Ultimately, however, it seeks, like Jules Renard, “en restant exact” [...]

New Study to be Published in Journal of Genetic Psychology

"Severe Social Withdrawal: Cultural Variation in Past Hikikomori Experiences of University Students in Nigeria, Singapore, and the US" will appear in 2020. Hikikomori (social withdrawal that lasts six months or longer) is a growing problem among Japanese adolescents and young adults with recent estimates that approximately 1% of Japanese youth will suffer from an episode [...]

Hikikomori and Severe Social Withdrawal in the Age of Connectivity: Psychoanalytic Perspectives, ed. [Working Title] (Forthcoming, Phoenix, 2021)

I have been commissioned by Phoenix Publishing House (formerly Karnac Books) to edit a scholarly volume comprising psychoanalytic studies of the phenomenon known in Japan (but emergent all over the world) as hikikomori, or severe social withdrawal / shut-in syndrome, which afflicts individuals for periods extending up to several years.  I have studied hikikomori, isolation, [...]

New Article: “Analytic and Political Neutrality: Change, Privilege, and Responsibility”

In: Free Associations 71, 1-17 (2018) Abstract Tension between the ideal of analytic neutrality — although conceived and applied in various ways — and the putative danger of political neutrality is intrinsic to psychoanalytic investigations of culture and society. It presents itself with urgency in times of social conflict, especially when such conflict is characterized [...]

Stella Gaon’s THE LUCID VIGIL to be published in Psychoanalytic Political Theory Book Series, eds. M.H. Bowker and D.W. McIvor (Routledge, 2019)

Stella Gaon provides the first fully philosophical account of the critical nature of deconstruction, and she does so by turning in an original way to psychoanalysis. Drawing on close readings of Freud and Laplanche, Gaon argues that Derridean deconstruction is driven by a normative investment in reason’s psychological force. Indeed, deconstruction is more faithful to [...]

Misinterest: Essays, Pensées, and Dreams (Forthcoming, Punctum Books, 2019)

Go to Book's Site at Punctum Books Summary Misinterest: Essays, Pensées, and Dreams, is a compendium of expository essays, terse pensées, and dream-transcripts in which M.H. Bowker meditates on the destruction of interest as a psychological, social, and political impulse. Because interest entails the possibility of novelty and change in relationships between interest’s subjects and objects, [...]