AHP readers may be interested in a new magazine, Parapraxis, dedicated to psychoanalysis. Full details below from Founding Editor Hannah Zeavin.
As if we don’t have enough issues already, today we launched Parapraxis, a magazine devoted to psychoanalysis. To inquire into and uncover the psychosocial dimension of our lives—investigating social, political, and personal issues in relation to violence and conflict, gender and sexuality, racism and diasporic experience, and care and welfare—is the mission of the magazine. Hitching a ride to society’s ongoing return to Sigmund Freud in the 21st century, Parapraxis will be a psychoanalytically oriented supplement to the existing venues of radical critique and historical materialism. Critically aware of the limits of psychoanalytic thinking and institutions, the magazine will include reviews, reported pieces, columns on culture and social movements, and a thematic cluster of feature essays. We believe the magazine will reinvigorate leftist psychoanalytic thought in the academy and the clinic, but the magazine addresses a more general audience. Whereas there are many literary magazines and leftist magazines, there are no popular magazines devoted exclusively to the advancement of psychoanalytic thinking.
Our first print issue is on “The Family Problem.” The first myth Freud sought to dismantle was that of the wholesome family. Yet a hundred and some years later, Freud’s family and other figments still agitate us. We truly can’t seem to live with the family real and imagined, and equally, we can’t yet live without it. Our first issue is on this thorniest of thickets. From the clinic’s conflicts to social and political critique to literary and aesthetic criticism, we have given the family the psychoanalytic treatment, as but one step toward curing ourselves of its compromised form. There will, as always, be more forms and symptoms to treat. This is simply our beginning.
On our website, you will find a few advance pieces from our print issue and some web-only features: an open letter to cis psychoanalysis by McKenzie Wark, an essay on whiteness in South Africa by Zoe Samudzi, an auto-analysis on class and analytic training by Donald Moss, an excerpt from Jamieson Webster’s latest book, and more. You can now subscribe to our print issues, the first of which will arrive to your mailbox in December. Or consider purchasing a stack for your waiting room or reading group.
Stay tuned for announcements for our December launch in New York and January launch in The Bay Area. In the meantime, we hope that you enjoy our magazine. Please feel free to forward this announcement to anyone you think might be interested.
Founding Editor, Parapraxis