Duane Rousselle (born April 28, 1982) is a Lacanian psychoanalyst and professor of sociology. His work makes interventions into several academic fields including Social Movement Studies, Lacanian Psychoanalysis, Cultural Sociology, Gender and Sexuality Studies, Anarchist Studies, and Aesthetics. His work attempts to introduce an alternative to scholarly discourses that aim to produce consistent and coherent bodies of knowledge (e.g., "University Discourse"). It also offers a counterpoint to what Jacques Lacan has called "capitalist discourse."
He helped to contribute to the emergence of a new field of scholarly investigation known as "post-anarchism." He founded and edits the journal Anarchist Developments in Cultural Studies.
Duane was born in Miramichi, New Brunswick to Catholic parents. He attended the New Brunswick Community College and graduated with a diploma in Electronic Game Design. After participating in a hunger strike for admittance, he was accepted as a Sociology Major at the University of New Brunswick in Fredericton. During this first year of his university education, he experienced devastating poverty, sleeping on park benches. He received numerous prestigious awards, including the Lieutenant Governor of New Brunswick silver medal for excellence in scholarship.
He went on to complete a Master's degree in Sociology from the University of New Brunswick before joining the PhD program in Cultural Studies from Trent University, Peterborough (Ontario, Canada). During his time in Peterborough, Ontario, he became a Freemason. He was awarded the Governor General of Canada Gold Medal for his research into clinical psychoanalysis and continental philosophy.
He studied also at the European Graduate School in Saas-Fee, Switzerland, working as an assistant for Slavoj Zizek and Alain Badiou.
In 2016, Duane raised more than $100,000 to help rebuild a mosque that was attacked in a hate crime in Peterborough, Ontario. His efforts received international attention and he was invited for a private meeting with the Prime Minister of Canada, Justin Trudeau. This was the subject of a documentary film by Matthew Hayes, The Masjid. Duane received several death threats at this time and went into hiding.
Duane converted to Islam in order to marry his partner. This relationship was documented by Colin Boyd Shafer in his documentary photo exhibit Interlove Project. The marriage ended in divorce after several traumatic incidents involving the family.
In 2019, Duane moved to Mumbai, India.
- Post-Anarchism: A Reader (Pluto Books)
- After Post-Anarchism (Repartee Books/LBC)
- Lacanian Realism: Political and Clinical Psychoanalysis (Bloomsbury Books)
- Jacques Lacan and American Sociology: Be Wary of the Image (Palgrave)
- Gender, Sexuality, and Subjectivity: A Lacanian Perspective on Identity, Language and Queer Theory (Routledge)
- On Love: Psychoanalysis, Religion, and Society (forthcoming)
- “Jacques Lacan,” Palgrave Encyclopedia of the Possible (Vlad Glaveanu, Ed.). Palgrave MacMillan. 2019.
- “Imaginary, Symbolic, Real,” The Zizek Dictionary (Rex Butler, ed.). New York, NY: AcumenPublishing. pp. 213–6. 2014.
- “Preface,” Post-Anarchism: A Reader (Sureyya Evren, Duane Rousselle, eds.). London: Pluto Press.pp. vii-ix. 2011.
- “Islamic Ethics: ‘We Must Come to Common Terms," The Philosophical Salon: London Review of Books. [Article has been translated into Arabic at "Mouminoun Without Borders,” one of the most popular Arabic-speaking think -tanks]
- “The Little objet a of Anarchist Philosophy,” Continental Thought & Theory. Vol 3. No. 1. pp. 285–96.(2019)
- “Love Must Be Reinvented,” (translated work for Alain Badiou).Theory & Event. Vol. 22., No. 4. (2019)
- “Lacanian Psychoanalysis in the Twenty-First Century,” Psychoanalytic Discourse. No. 5. (2018)
- “A Portrait of Baudelaire as a ‘Man of Genius:’ Ordinary Psychosis within the Age of Modernity.” Psychoanalysis Lacan. Volume 3. (2017)
- “Reconsidering the Newest Social Movements from the Perspective of Lacanian Sociology,” Anarchist Studies. Vol. 25, No. 2: 26-45. (2017)
- “Numbers & Things: A Contribution to Number Theory within Lacanian Psychoanalytic Theory,” S: Journal of the Circle for Lacanian Ideology Critique. Special Issue: “Capitalism and Psychoanalysis” (John Holland, Ed.). Vol. 8: 141-72. (2016)
- “Obsession & Politics: A Contribution to Lacanian Political Psychoanalysis,” Psychoanalysis,Culture & Society. Vol. 21, No. 4: 348-67. (2016)
- “On the Difference Between Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy," by Jean-Gérard Bursztein. Psychoanalytic Discourse / Discours Psychoanalytique (PSYAD). Vol. 1, No. 2: 75-6. (2016)
- “Against Understanding: Cases and Commentary in a Lacanian Key, by Bruce Fink” The Psychoanalytic Review. Vol. 102, No. 4: 602-4. (2015).
- “Demanding the Impossible,” Information, Communication and Society. Vol. 17, No. 10: 1304-5. (2014)
- “On the Names of the Father,” Interstitial: A Journal of Modern Culture and Events. (January) Unpaginated. (2014)
- “The Triumph of Religion," Interstitial: A Journal of Modern Culture and Events. (December) Unpaginated. (2013)
- “The New Hysterical Question,” Umbr(a): A Journal of the Unconscious. Special Issue on the Psychoanalytic Object (Joan Copjec, Chris Sylvester, Eds.): 71-88. (2013)
- “Post-Anarchism and Its Critics” (Duane Rousselle & Saul Newman), Anarchist Studies. Vol. 21,No. 2: 74-96. (2013)
- “Max Stirner’s Post-Post-Anarchism,” Journal for the Study of Radicalism. Vol. 7, No. 1: 157-65. (2013)
- “Georges Bataille’s Post-Anarchism,” Journal of Political Ideologies. Vol. 17, No. 3: 235-57. (2012)
- “Torn from Ghostly Hands, The Object’s Property,” In Media Res. Special Issue: “Anti-Intellectual Property” (Kris Coffield, Ed.). Vol. 9, No. 17. unpaginated (2012)
- “Postmodern Pollution,” C-Theory: Theory, Technology, and Culture. Vol. 35, No. 1-2. Unpaginated. (2012)
- “What Comes After Post-Anarchism?” Continental Journal. Vol. 2, No. 2: 152-154. (2012)
- “Scruples: Rules of Play: A Lacanian Detournement of Scrabble” International Journal of Zizek Studies. Vol. 6, No. 3., Unpaginated. (2012)
- “Symptom or Sinthome?," International Journal of Zizek Studies. Vol. 4, No. 1. Unpaginated. Non-Refereed & Popular Press (2010)