UC SPARK - University of Canterbury - New Zealand

Dr Cindy Lee Zeiher

School of Language, Social and Political Sciences; Sociology and Anthropology



Phone: +64 3 364 2987 ext. 94351

Office: Psychology-Sociology Rm 326

Fields of Research

  • Lacanian Psychoanalysis
  • Critical Theory
  • Continental Philosophy
  • Social Movements and Political Theories
  • Feminist Theories
  • Subjectivities and Sexualities
  • Theories of Affect and Emotions
  • Film and Visual Culture

Researcher Summary

My research interests and contributions focus on how the subject can be understood within contemporary social, ideological, political and cultural systems. I write on two areas:  the critical resurgence of leftist politics and social movements, and subjectivity, both as theoretically informed by an intersection of Lacanian psychoanalysis and critical Marxist theory.

I have co-edited a collection with Professor Todd McGowan (Vermont University), 'Can Philosophy Love? Reflections and Encounters' (Rowman Littlefield International, November, 2017), which interrogates and exposes the role love plays in knowledge.

I am also co-authoring a book with Professor Ed Pluth (Chico University), 'On Silence: Holding the Voice Hostage' (Palgrave Lacan Series, 2018).

I supervise post-graduate thesis students in the areas of critical, political and feminist theories.

My editorial commitments are:

Co-founder and editor, along with Assoc. Prof. Mike Grimshaw for Continental Thought and Theory (CT&T): http://ctt.canterbury.ac.nz/

Editorial board member for Journal of Extreme Anthropology: https://www.journals.uio.no/index.php/JEA

Advisory board member for Counterfutures: Leftist Thought in Aotearoa/ New Zealand: http://counterfutures.blogspot.co.nz

I am on the advisory board for '(Non)sufficiencies' (Punctuum Books), a monograph series inspired by the critical engagement of contemporary French philosopher, François Laruelle.

I am a member of the Australasian Society for Continental Philosophy, Center for Lacanian Analysis (NZ) and the German Studies Association.

Subject Area: Disciplines

Future Research

  • I am currently working on a sole authored book which considers nostalgia as a political form.

Key Methodologies

  • Psychoanalysis
  • Discourse analysis
  • Feminist analysis

Research/Scholarly/Creative Works

Journal Articles
  • Zeiher C. and Grimshaw M. (2017) What Can It Mean to be Feminist Today? CT&T: Continental Thought and Theory 2(1) 1
  • Zeiher C. (2016) The subject and the act: A necessary folie à deux to think politics. Filozofski Vestnik International 37(1): 81-99.
  • Zeiher C. (2016) The Subject and the Act: A Necessary Folie à Deux to Think Politics. Filozofski Vestnik International XXXVII(1): 81-99.
  • Zeiher C. and Babury J. (2016) Mana and Ideological Integrity. Counterfutures: Left Thought and Practice in Aotearoa/New Zealand 1(2)
  • Zeiher C. (2013) Between the Subject and the Social: Signifying Images of Desire and Ideological Subjectivities. International Journal of Zizek Studies 6(2): 1-14. http://zizekstudies.org/index.php/IJZS.
Edited Volumes
  • Grimshaw MP. and Zeiher C. (Ed.) (2017) Introduction: “Debt and Value: Illusions of Axiology and Coherence” https://ir.canterbury.ac.nz/bitstream/handle/10092/13093/Introduction.
  • Grimshaw MP; Zeiher C (Ed.) (2017) Unchecked box Continental Thought & Theory:A Journal of Intellectual freedom. http://ctt.canterbury.ac.nz/about-ctt/ Issue 2, January 2017 Debt and Value Edited by Mike Grimshaw and Cindy Zeiher http://ctt.canterbury.ac.nz/.
  • Zeiher C; McGowan T (Ed.) (2017) Can Philosophy Love? Encounters and Reflections. London: Rowman and Littlefield International. 336.
  • Grimshaw M. and Zeiher C. (Ed.) (2016) Baudrillard and Žižek: Short-circuiting the Parallax. International Journal of Zizek Studies 10(1) http://zizekstudies.org/index.php/IJZS/issue/view/49. International Journal of Zizek Studies 10(1) http://zizekstudies.org/index.php/IJZS/issue/view/49.
  • Grimshaw MP. and Zeiher C. (Ed.) (2016) Continental Thought & Theory:A Journal of Intellectual freedom. Issue 1: What is Intellectual freedom today. (1 ed.) Christchurch: CT&T. 251. http://ctt.canterbury.ac.nz/about-ctt/.
Chapters
  • Zeiher C. (2017) Struggle as Love Par Excellence: Zupančič avec Badiou. In Zeiher C; McGowan T (Ed.), Can Philosophy Love? Reflections and Encounters: 297-310. London: Rowman Littlefield International.
Conference Contributions - Other
  • Zeiher C. (2017) The Problematic Politics of Nostalgia and the Tenacity of the Neighbour. Colorado Springs: LACK II, 19-22 Oct 2017
  • Zeiher C. (2016) Intellectual Activism: A Devotion to the Praxis of One's Discipline. Victoria University, Wellington, New Zealand: Social Movements and Resistance III Conference, 1-3 Sep 2016
  • Zeiher C. (2016) On Being Quiet: An Erotic Relation with Words. Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA: Lack and Psychoanalysis, 3-5 Apr 2016
  • Dickson A. and Zeiher C. (2015) How are we Harnessing Feminine Jouissance? Sydney, Australia: Reason Plus Enjoyment, 10-12 Jul 2015
  • Kavka M., Lacey C. and Zeiher C. (2015) The Allure of Haunting: New Zealand and Film [NZ on Screen Panel]. Wellington, New Zealand: History of Emotions Conference, 3-5 Sep 2015
  • Lacey C. and Zeiher C. (2015) The Role of Love in the Production of Knowledge. University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand: Relationality, 18-20 Nov 2015
  • Zeiher C. (2015) Responding to Roland Boer's, In the Vale of Tears. Sydney, Australia: Historical Materialism, Australia, 17-18 Jul 2015
  • Zeiher C. (2014) The Problem of Belief: Ideology, Capitalism and Desire. University of Canterbury, Christchurch, NZ: Sociological Association of Aotearoa New Zealand (SAANZ), 3-4 Dec 2014
  • Zeiher C. (2014) The Question of Belief. University of Cincinnati, OH, USA: Zizek Studies Conference, 4-6 Apr 2014
  • Zeiher C. (2013) Theorising Desire in the 21st Century. University of Western Sydney, Australia: Australasian Society for Continental Philosophy, 3-6 Dec 2013
  • Zeiher C. (2012) Between the Subject and the Social: Signifying Images of Desire and Possible Subjectivities. SUNY, Brockport, New York, USA: Zizek Studies Conference, 28-29 Apr 2012
  • Zeiher C. (2011) The Aftershock of Heavenly Creatures: Trauma as Socio-Symbolic. Wellington, New Zealand: Sociological Association of Aotearoa New Zealand (SAANZ), 7-9 Dec 2011
  • Zeiher C. (2011) The Language of Desire: Film as a Methodological Tool for Understanding Social Worlds. John Moores University, Liverpool, UK: Film-Philosophy Conference, 6-8 Jul 2011
Oral Presentations
  • Zeiher C. (2017) Forgetting Technology. Melbourne, Australia: Melbourne School for Continental Philosophy: Technology, Knowledge, Truth Symposium, 15 Dec 2017.
  • Zeiher C. (2017) Forgetting Technology. Melbourne: Melbourne School for Continental Philosophy: Technology, Truth and Knowledge.
  • Zeiher C. (2017) White Noise of Desire. University of Otago, Dunedin: University of Otago, Media and Communications, Guest Semianr.
  • Zeiher C. (2016) The Cruel Trick of Love: The Best Offer. University of Canterbury, Christchurch, NZ: Canterbury School for Continental Philosophy Seminar Series.
Theses / Dissertations
  • Zeiher C. (2014) The fantasy is the most real thing: exploring desire in the 21st Century: Zizek and ideology. http://hdl.handle.net/10092/9425. Christchurch, New Zealand. University of Canterbury.
Discussion/Working Papers
  • Grace V. and Zeiher C. (2013) Lacan: Researching the Social [facilitated 2 day workshop].