Lacanian Landscapes II: The Real in Nature

Type: Paper
Sponsor Groups: Landscape Specialty Group
Poster #:
Day: 4/3/2019
Start / End Time: 9:55 AM / 11:35 AM
Room: Ambassador Ballroom, Omni, West
Organizers: Lucas Pohl, Paul Kingsbury, Sarah Moore
Chairs: Lucas Pohl


Landscape has been central to a vast number of empirical studies and theoretical debates in human geography and other cognate disciplines. Over the past two decades, geographers and other researchers have drawn on psychoanalytic concepts such as abjection, dream-work, the uncanny, and the unconscious to consider the interrelationships between landscape, psyche, and society. Despite the rise of Lacanian approaches in human geography and other cognate fields of study, few studies directly engage the works of Jacques Lacan to further understandings of landscape.
In the second of three sessions devoted to exploring “Lacanian Landscapes”, we seek to address this lacuna by examining the impact of a psychoanalytic reading of nature. The four presentations primarily consider the Lacanian concept of the Real to address the impact of a psychoanalytic reading of nature as well as to discuss how Lacan’s ideas can guide landscape studies.


Type Details Minutes Start Time
Presenter Lucas Pohl*, Goethe-University Frankfurt am Main, The Rotten Return of Nature: Ruination and Lacan’s Formulas of Sexuation 20 9:55 AM
Presenter Sarah A Moore*, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Paul F Robbins, Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Return of the Repressed: Native Presence and American Trauma in the Landscapes of Muir's Boyhood and Youth 20 10:15 AM
Presenter Don Kunze*, Pennsylvania State University, Sadra Tehrani, Penn State University, Central Park as Optical–Extimate Unconscious: The Death Drive in All Its Glory 20 10:35 AM
Presenter Paul Kingsbury*, Simon Faser University, Gaze and Landscape in Sasquatch Expeditions 20 10:55 AM
Discussant Lucas Pohl Goethe University Frankfurt 20 11:15 AM

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