Calibán, a project in motion towards the future
Celebrates 10 years

The first ten years of the Latin-American journal, Calibán,  is the reason for a warm celebration with its community of readers, authors and collaborators.

Together, we celebrate the 20 issues edited and the projects to come.

Calibán is  FEPAL`s official journal.   In Calibán, the great cultural richness present in Latin America’s psychoanalysis is emphasized. Calibán is an important carrier of the plurality of perspectives existent at the core of FEPAL, enabling them to travel across the continent’s borders and beyond.  

The journal’s name is an anagram of canibal and was inspired by Shakespeare’s character in The Tempest. He is a savage who is incapable of correctly speaking the “official” culture’s language, precisely Europe’s view of the new world’s native peoples until not long ago. The journal’s name is thus based on an anthropophagic metaphor: the colonized people “devour” what comes from the colonizing culture and add to it tones from their own roots. It also draws on the idea of the legitimacy of a hybrid culture, aware of the psychoanalytical work inside and from Latin America. 

The journal carries the plurality of the analytic community, creates dialogues, stretches differences, and contrasts discourses and practices. Includes authors from other disciplines and internationally renowned writers.  At the same time, Calibán is innovative in its graphic design, which, by gathering artists to collaborate with its presentation, understands that art makes way for psychoanalysis, and artists can lead psychoanalysts to new perceptions of the world. Our fundamental goal is to widen this communication and expand our listening if we wish to keep psychoanalysis alive in the contemporary world.

When initiating this enterprise, Mariano Horenstein,  creator and editor,  asked himself a few questions about the future: Can an “official” journal be at once creative and healthily irreverent? Can it take risks that, due to lack of coordination or overcorrection, are usually absent in institutional editorial projects? Can it surprise readers? Today, after  10 years, we can answer some of these questions. The adaptations on the journal’s statutes and the diverse editors’ dedication, have successfully generated a strong editorial line, propelling a publication that has been able to learn from each issue, instead of starting from scratch with each new board.

Calibán has the charm of the unfinished; the promise of a task to come.