Lacanian Landscapes III: The Urban Unconscious

Type: Paper
Sponsor Groups: Landscape Specialty Group
Poster #:
Day: 4/3/2019
Start / End Time: 12:40 PM / 2:20 PM (Eastern Standard Time)
Room: Ambassador Ballroom, Omni, West
Organizers: Lucas Pohl, Paul Kingsbury, Sarah Moore
Chairs: Paul Kingsbury


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 third and final session devoted to exploring “Lacanian Landscapes”, we seek to address this lacuna by examining psychoanalytic approaches in the city. The four presentations explore a range of urban case studies – from the gentrification in Los Angeles and Seoul to the political negotiations of beggars in Swedish cities and the fictive walking through New York within the music of the band Genesis.


Type Details Minutes Start Time
Presenter JAEYEON LEE*, UNIVERSITY OF KENTUCKY, Hipster-driven gentrification as metonymic movement of desire 20 12:40 PM
Presenter Tina Richardson*, Manchester Metroplitan University, UK, The Rael/Real of Psychogeography: Urban walking as a method of ameliorating castration anxiety in Genesis’ The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway 20 1:00 PM
Presenter Nazanin Naraghi*, College of the Canyons, Shame and Anxiety Gentrification, Unconscious Expressions, and ‘LAcanian Landscapes’ in Los Angeles, CA 20 1:20 PM
Discussant Paul Kingsbury Simon Faser University 20 1:40 PM

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