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, [...]