The Qouch is the Queer Psychoanalysis Society’s publishing platform. We are a network of scholars, writers, and students invested in researching and promoting psychoanalytic methodologies for the study of queer culture and identity. By “queer” we do not limit our scope to gay and lesbian culture, but instead we aim to broaden the concept of queer to encompass all non-normative social practices. We recognize the role that innovations in psychoanalytic theory has played in the development and theorization of queer identity over the course of the past century, from Freud’s concept of polymorphous perversity that posits all subjects begin in a pre-hetero/homo queer state to Lacan’s split subject for whom there is no natural complimentarity between the object and the aim of desire in the symbolic. Our network aims to bring attention to new work in the fields of psychoanalysis and queer theory and to encourage their cross-pollination through communication across disciplines. The Queer Psychoanalysis Society does not endorse any one methodology over others, nor do we adhere dogmatically to every psychoanalytic principle. Rather, we believe that all methodologies should be held to a critical lens and that a constructive discourse woven out of multiple perspectives will expand the horizons of psychoanalytic and queer inquiry.
We welcome contributions from scholars, writers, and artists that work in the field of queer studies and/or psychoanalysis and we welcome you to submit an inquiry to our email account about featuring your work.
About the Editors
Diego Costa is a filmmaker and Provost research fellow at the University of Southern California in the Interdivisional Media Arts & Practice (iMap) doctoral program. He is also a teaching assistant in the Gender Studies department. Costa’s film work explores the symptomatic relationship between queer flesh and queer psyche in essayistic self-fiction and domestic ethnography modes. As an academic Costa focuses on a dynamic hybridization of Queer Theory and Lacanian Psychoanalysis in thinking through digital sexual economies, barebacking, gender-nonconformant children and all things Brazil.
Chase Dimock is a PhD candidate in Comparative and World Literature at the University of Illinois. He specializes in 20th century American, French, and German literature with an emphasis in Queer Theory, Feminism, Psychoanalysis and Marxism. As a Graduate Assistant, he has taught courses on western literature spanning the ancients to the existentialists as well as courses on gender studies, erotic literature, and representations of the Holocaust. He is currently working on a dissertation tentatively titled “The American Sexual Diaspora in France: Queer Itinerancies and the Birth of the Gay Modernist Subject.” His research is devoted to exploring interwar queer sexualities in the works of lost and forgotten American expatriate authors and how the established French canon of gay authors and French gay culture influenced the construction of an American queer subject. Chase Dimock is also a regular contributor to the arts and politics magazine As It Ought To Be, Lambda Literary, and his poetry has been published in Polari Journal.
Alejandra Josiowicz is a PhD Candidate and a Teaching Assistant in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese Languages and Cultures at Princeton University. She has received fellowships from the National Council for Science and Research (Argentina), the Princeton Program in Latin American Studies and the Cornell University School of Criticism and Theory. She specializes in Modern Latin American Culture, with emphasis on Brazil, Argentina and the Caribbean. Her research interests include Gender Theory, Queer Studies, Psychoanalysis, Childhood Studies, Modernisms and Race. She has published “Ethical imagination. A reading of Varia imaginación, by Sylvia Molloy” Mora, Buenos Aires (2010), “Writing, intimacy and gender: Katherine Mansfield & Clarice Lispector” cadernos pagu, São Paulo (2010) and “Towards the internationalization of Latin American Literary Criticism. Ángel Rama rereads José Martí with Rimbaud” The Colorado Review of Hispanic Studies, Boulder (2008), among others. She is currently writing her dissertation on the relationship between literature, childhood and modern culture in a select group of Latin American writers