New Book Released (June 2019): “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 Book Released (June 2019): “The Destroyed World and the Guilty Self: A Psychoanalytic Study of Culture and Politics”

In this book, just released 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 in it our primary task is to survive [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

“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.

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 [...]

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, [...]

NPR / WBFO Interview On “Wonder Women” (Power, Fantasy, and the 2018 Elections)

Conducted by Avery Schneider (Nov. 8, 2018) Avery Schneider: What did you think when you saw the signs around the city of Buffalo? [The signs referred to read: “Diana Prince [Wonder Woman]: Willing to Fight for Those Who Cannot Fight for Themselves — Paid for by the Amazons to elect Wonder Women.”] Matthew H. Bowker: [...]

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 [...]

Now Available: A Dangerous Place to Be: Identity, Conflict, and Trauma in Higher Education (with David P. Levine, Routledge, 2018)

My book with David P. Levine, entitled, A Dangerous Place to Be: Identity, Conflict, and Trauma in Higher Education, has been published by Routledge as of March of 2018. In it, we investigate recent conflictual events on college and university campuses, including protests directed at university leaders deemed victimizers, debates over the inclusion of “trigger warnings” on [...]

Special Issue of the Journal of Psychosocial Studies

I am guest editing, with David W. McIvor, a special issue of the Journal of Psycho-Social Studies on the American tradition of psycho-social theory, more commonly known in the US as psychoanalytic political theory. The issue will feature contributions from some of the world's leading experts in psycho-social studies, including C. Fred Alford, Kurt Jacobsen, [...]

Book Series in Psychoanalytic Political Theory: Call for Proposals and Manuscripts

Routledge's new Psychoanalytic Political Theory book series will publish the highest quality scholarship at the intersection of psychoanalysis and political theory. We are particularly interested in works that advance both political and psychoanalytic theory, while remaining accessible to scholarly audiences of diverse backgrounds. The series welcomes contributions from all areas of political theory (ancient/classical, contemporary, [...]