Rendering Unconscious welcomes Bonni Rambatan and Jacob Johanssen to the podcast! They’re here to discuss their forthcoming book Event Horizon: Sexuality, Politics, Online Culture, and the Limits of Capitalism (Zer0 Books, 2022).

Bonni Rambatan is an independent scholar and researcher based in Jakarta, Indonesia, as well as a writer and artist for various comics, novels, films, installations, and other media. They co-founded and currently runs a comic book company, NaoBun, focusing on making progressive thoughts available to young readers. They started and edited the anthology Cyborg Subjects: Discourses on Digital Culture with Jacob Johanssen (CreateSpace, 2013). Their research interests include Lacanian psychoanalysis, media studies, literary and art criticism, Japanese studies, philosophy, and critical theory. For research and artistic projects, their affiliations include The Japan Foundation, the Vienna-based art-technology-philosophy group monochrom, as well as various art and literary institutions in Indonesia. Follow them at Twitter

Jacob Johanssen is Senior Lecturer in Communications at St. Mary’s University (London, UK). He is the author of Psychoanalysis and Digital Culture: Audiences, Social Media, and Big Data (Routledge, 2019); Fantasy, Online Misogyny and the Manosphere (Routledge, 2021) and Cyborg Subjects: Discourses on Digital Culture, edited with Bonni Rambatan (CreateSpace, 2013). His research interests include psychoanalysis and digital media, sexuality and digital media, affect theories, psychosocial studies, and critical theory. He is Co-Editor of the Counterspace section of the journal Psychoanalysis, Culture & Society. He sits on the executive committee of the Association for Psychosocial Studies (APS). He is a Founder Scholar of the British Psychoanalytic Council (BPC). Follow him at Twitter

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Rendering Unconscious Podcast is hosted by psychoanalyst Dr. Vanessa Sinclair, who interviews psychoanalysts, psychologists, scholars, creative arts therapists, writers, poets, philosophers, artists and other creatives & intellectuals about their process, world events, the current state of mental health care, politics, culture, the arts & more. 

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Dr. Sinclair is the author of The Pathways of the Heart (Trapart Books, 2021), Scansion in Psychoanalysis and Art: the Cut in Creation (Routledge, 2020) and Switching Mirrors (Trapart Books, 2016), and the editor of Rendering Unconscious: Psychoanalytic Perspectives, Politics & Poetry (Trapart Books, 2019) Outsider Inpatient: Reflections on Art as Therapy (Trapart Books, 2021) with Dr. Elisabeth Punzi, On Psychoanalysis and Violence: Contemporary Lacanian Perspectives (Routledge, 2018) co-edited with Dr. Manya Steinkoler, and The Fenris Wolf, vol 9 (Trapart, 2017) co-edited with Carl Abrahamsson. 

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The track at the end of the episode is “To be back with you” by Vanessa Sinclair & Val Denham from the album Message 23. Available via Highbrow Lowlife’s Bandcamp.

Music for intro and outro of Rendering Unconscious Podcast by Carl Abrahamsson.

Image: cover of Event Horizon: Sexuality, Politics, Online Culture, and the Limits of Capitalism (Zer0 Books, 2022) by Bonni Rambatan & Jacob Johanssen.