“Adventures of the Anus,” a Panel at the Ninth Annual Meeting of the Society for Psychoanalysis and Philosophy
Firm in the belief that we still have a great deal to learn about the assholes that we have as they inform the assholes that we are, our panel will investigate the two sides of anality, retention and expulsion, on the fringes of psychoanalytic theory. In the first paper, Benjamin Y. Fong argues that it is the demand to consider the world in terms of what Marx calls “use-value for others” that heightens the importance of anal retention in capitalist subjects. In his view, anal retentiveness provides the basic template for capitalist subjectivity. In the second paper, Jeremy Biles and Christie Offenbacher look to the work of Georges Bataille for practices that disrupt the retentive patterns of capitalist subjects. Focusing on the act of drawing as a particular instance of exuberant anality, they will share materials that animate those distinctly anal aspects of analytic work.