Just published: “Activity, Speech, and Change: Progressive Politics and Regressive Fantasies”

Published 28 March 2019, in Psychoanalysis, Culture & Society. Read the full-text article here: https://rdcu.be/btNL6. This essay examines convictions about the importance of speech and activity with reference to an ideal of change, where change may be understood in at least two ways: first, as a process by which persons or things become new or [...]

In Press: “The Destroyed World and the Guilty Self: A Psychoanalytic Study of Politics and Culture” (Phoenix, 2019)

In this book, to be released by Phoenix in the Spring/Summer of 2019 by Phoenix Publishing House, David P. Levine and I continue our exploration of cultural and political trends organized around the conviction that the world we live in is a dangerous place to be, that it is dominated by hate and destruction, and that [...]

Upcoming MPSA (2019) Panel on “Anxiety and Politics”

I have organized and will Chair and present research in the panel, “Anxiety and Politics: Psychoanalytic and Psycho-Social Interventions” at the Annual Conference of the Midwest Political Science Association (MPSA) in Chicago, IL (2019).  We have several fascinating papers to present, whose topics range from the links between anxiety, help, and helplessness, to the relationship [...]

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, [...]

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, [...]

Interview on the Stigmatisation of Solitude (Elle Magazine, UK)

Interview for Elle (UK) Conducted by Otegha Uwagba, Founder of Women Who and Sunday Times Bestselling Author  Otegha Uwagba: Why do we as a society fear and stigmatise solitude – and especially so when it comes to women? Matthew H. Bowker: This is a great question, and there are several (overlapping) answers to it. 1. Solitude can [...]

“Ideologies of Experience” (2016) Reviewed as part of “Second Generation” of Montaigne Scholarship

In the latest (2019) issue of "Montaigne Studies," my work on the meaning of experience was reviewed and classed as part of a second wave or "second generation" of political theoretical criticism of the Renaissance humanism, modernism, and naturalism exemplified by the French essayist Michel de Montaigne. You can read the article here.

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 [...]