Kyle Frackman

Associate Professor

Research Interests

Artistic and Literary Marginality
Artistic and Literary Movements, Schools and Styles
Artistic and Literary Theories
Arts and Cultural Traditions
Arts and Literary Policies
Arts and Technologies
Arts, Literature and Subjectivity
Cultural Industries
East Germany
Gender Studies
German studies
history of science
history of sexuality
Literary or Artistic Work Analysis
Media Types (Radio, Television, Written Press, etc.)
queer studies
sexuality studies
Social Determinants of Arts and Letters

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Graduate Student Supervision

Master's Student Supervision (2010 - 2020)
Of matter and meaning: quantum entanglement and biological phantasy in psychoanalysis (2019)

This thesis offers a posthumanist reading of Sigmund Freud’s psychoanalytic theories on body-ego and its somatic relations to the environment in Das Ich und das Es (The Ego and the Id), Die Traumdeutung (The Interpretation of Dreams), and Das Unbehagen in der Kultur (Civilization and its Discontents). Agential Realism, a philosophy proposed by Karen Barad, builds on recent insights in quantum physics. Using Barad’s theory, I read bodies as “intra-actively” entangled with matter and meaning, so that the body-ego as “phenomenon” materializes from a co-constitutive subject position within relationships with others. Unlike interaction, where pre-existing entities meet, “intra-action” emphasizes the mutual constitution of entangled agencies. This approach allows re-centering the body in ego formation and the subject-object relations in psychoanalysis. Following Barad’s understanding that “knowing is a direct material engagement” (Meeting the Universe Halfway, 2007), this analysis offers novel paths to engage with Freud’s creative somatic materializations in the body. Posthumanist feminist philosophies are uniquely situated to elucidate the intra-activity of the unconscious as enlivened and productive. This “biological phantasy” (Wilson, Gut Feminism 2015) as both somatic and imaginary, constitutes a collective event through which body-ego emerges. Just as “matter feels, converses, suffers, desires, yearns and remembers” (Barad), this material reworking provides a novel understanding of the creative relation of the Freudian body-ego with cultural phenomena and collective states. The proposed theory offers new perspectives on psychoanalysis through a new materialist lens when navigating the willful aberrations of bodily unruliness.

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Recent Tri-Agency Grants

The following is a selection of grants for which the faculty member was principal investigator or co-investigator. Currently, the list only covers Canadian Tri-Agency grants from years 2013/14-2016/17 and excludes grants from any other agencies.

  • Coming out of the iron closet: Queer lives in East Germany - Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) - Insight Grants (2016/2017)
  • The other love in the other Germany - UBC Humanities and Social Science (HSS) Research Fund - Faculty of Arts HSS Research Grants (2016/2017)
  • East German summer film institute: sex, gender, and videotape - UBC Humanities and Social Science (HSS) Research Fund - Faculty of Arts HSS Conference Travel Grants (2015/2016)
  • Queer metaphor in modern poetry: The case of Arthur Rimbaud and Stefan George - UBC Humanities and Social Science (HSS) Research Fund - Faculty of Arts HSS Workshop & Visiting Speaker Grant (2014/2015)
  • Harmonious solidarity: Classical music in East German cinema - UBC Humanities and Social Science (HSS) Research Fund - Faculty of Arts HSS Research Grants (2013/2014)
  • German studies association 2013 convention - UBC Humanities and Social Science (HSS) Research Fund - Faculty of Arts HSS Conference Travel Grants (2013/2014)

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