Why do so many young men opt for "Involuntary Celibacy"? How does the Incel community function and what drives it? Is "the Incel" a new figure on the cultural scene or does it share resemblances to older forms of subjective formation? What role do the sexual non-rapport, 'hainamoration' and the 'alethosphere' play in Inceldom? And what is the relationship between subjectivity, war and technology in the libidinal economy of the Incel community?
Bringing together Lacanian psychoanalysis and critical theory, my project seeks to provide a ‘general organology' of Inceldom to illuminate both the regimes of jouissance that govern it and the broader, sexual-genealogical coordinates that underpin the emergence of "the Incel" as a symptom or figure of our time.
Keywords: Inceldom, jouissance, sovereignty, war, sexuality, technology, forms of life
In 2012 I obtained a BA in Liberal Arts & Sciences (Psychology, Sociology & Literature), after which I moved to London to commence a series of post-grad degrees in Psychosocial Studies, Social & Political Theory, Psychoanalysis, and Cultural & Critical Studies. During this time I worked as a support worker in various homeless hostels where I assisted and key-worked clients with mental health and substance use issues. I subsequently worked as a senior researcher in the screen industries, conducting research on skills gaps and shortages across the UK's film, TV, games, animation and VFX sectors, and as a political analyst for M&C Saatchi.