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Daniel G. Butler
  • Title
    • PhD Student
  • Division Humanities Division
  • Department
    • History of Consciousness Department
  • Phone
  • Email
  • Office Location
    • Humanities Building 1, TBD
  • Mail Stop Humanities Academic Services

Research Interests

Play, Borders, Migration, Need, Care, Violence, Neglect, Dissociation, Regression, Resignation, Protest, the Infans, the Adult/Child, the Sacred, the Profane, the Inhuman, (Non)Sovereignty, Pharmacology (Stiegler), Transitional Objects, Libidinal Economics, Continence/Containment, Settings or Non/Human Environments

Biography, Education and Training

Daniel Butler, MA is a San Francisco-based psychoanalytic psychotherapist. Prior to UC Santa Cruz, Daniel earned a BA in Liberal Arts (concentration in philosophy) from Sarah Lawrence College; an MA in Counseling Psychology from Santa Clara University; and two Certificates in Psychoanalytic Psychology from Access Institute for Psychological Services, a clinic and training institute in San Francisco. 

Selected Publications

  • Butler, Daniel G. "Riding Instincts, Even to Die," Studies in Gender and Sexuality (2018) Accepted.
  • Butler, Daniel G. "''Like a Half-Crushed Worm': Affliction, Negative Capability, and Apophatic Aesthetics in the Work of Nuclear Death," Théologiques (2017) In press.
  • Butler, Daniel G. + Stephen Hartman. "This is How You Look: Mimicry as Defense of the Actual (or Hidden) Child in Sandor Ferenczi's Psychoanalysis." In Misfit Children: An Inquiry into Childhood Belongings, ed. Markus Bohlman. Maryland: Lexington Books, 2017.
  • Butler, Daniel G. "The Group as Spectral Author: Trigant Burrow's Ghost." In Ghosts in the Consulting Room: Echoes of Trauma in Psychoanalysis, ed. Adrienne Harris, Margery Kalb, + Susan Klebanoff. London: Routledge, 2016.
  • Butler, Daniel G. "Falling Through the Cracks: Precarity, Precocity, and Other Neoliberal Pressures" Fort Da 21, no. 2. (2015): 33-52.

Selected Presentations

  • Butler, Daniel G. "Resignation Syndrome and the Psychopolitics of Petrification," Indiana University (Bloomington), February 2018.
  • Butler, Daniel G. "Racialized Bodies and the Violence of the Setting," McGill University, January 2018.
  • Butler, Daniel G. "'How Do Children Survive?': Object Relations, Adult-Child Kinship, and the Nonhuman Environment in Maurice Sendak's Outside Over There," International Research Society for Children's Literature, York University, Toronto, August 2017.
  • Butler, Daniel G. "Being (and Not Playing) Dead: Psychosocial Necrophilia and the Nonhuman Environment," the Psychoanalytic Institute of Northern California, San Francisco, February 2017.
  • Butler, Daniel G. "'I Submit Myself to Pleasure': Dis/figurability in an Era of the Mind Object/Fabricated Body Dualism," Concordia University, Montreal, QC, September 2016.
  • Butler, Daniel G. "Riding Instincts, Even to Die: Contagion, Incarnation, and Failure in a Case of Perversion," Interdisciplinary Studies Conference (Queer Death), University of California, Merced, April 2016.