Upcoming Event

"From Freud's Mourning to Mourning Freud"

Madelon Sprengnether, Ph.D.

The modernist Freud of the early twentieth century has ceded to the postmodern Freud of the twenty-first. My book Mourning Freud examines this phenomenon from the perspective of Freud's self-analysis in relation to his generation of theory, the challenges and transformations wrought by feminism, cultural studies, and postmodernism, and the speculations of contemporary neuroscience regarding the unreliability of memory. I will offer an overview of my argument, focusing on the preoedipal turn in psychoanalytic theory and the significance of mourning as a personal. cultural, and political force for our time. In examining Freud's own theories and practices of mourning, I open a path for us, as his intellectual heirs, to mourn him.


Berkeley City Club
2315 Durant Avenue

Saturday, December 1, 2018

10:00 AM - 12:00 PM


MadelonMadelon Sprengnether, Ph.D.

Madelon Sprengnether is a poet, memoirist, and literary critic and Regents Professor Emerita of the Department of English at the University of Minnesota. Her publications include The (M)other Tongue: Essays in Feminist Psychoanalytic Interpretation (1985) and The Spectral Mother: Freud, Feminism and Psychoanalysis (1995). In addition, she has published three memoirs and three collections of poetry. Her most recent books are Great River Road: Memoir and Memory (2015), Near Solstice: Prose Poems (2015), and Mourning Freud (2018). She is also a regular blogger for Psychology Today. For more information, consult her website: www.madelonsprengnether.com


Future Events

Coming soon


Past Events

Saturday, October 20, 2018

"Freud's Seduction: Psychoanalysis and California"
Fernando Castrillon, Psy.D.


Saturday, March 3, 2018

"Trans Psychoanalysis and Livable Embodiments"
Patricia Gherovici, Ph.D.


Saturday, January 27, 2018

"The Political Unconscious in Perilous Times"
Judith Butler, Ph.D.,
Lance Dodes, M.D.,
Jill Gentile, Ph.D.


Saturday, October 28, 2017

"Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg: The Dream World of Wagner"
Steven H. Golderg, MD,
Jeanne C. Harasemovitch, LCSW,


Saturday, October 7, 2017

"Incandescent Alphabets: Language and Art in Psychosis"
Annie G. Rogers, Ph.D.


Saturday, May 20, 2017

"Homeland (In)Security: How Feminine Law Might Rescue Democracy, Truth and Free Speech"
Jill Gentile, Ph.D.


Sunday, March 26, 2017

"Enigmatic Mechanisms: Some Reflections on Love, Affect, and Identification in Freud"
Marcus Coelen, Ph.D


Saturday, March 18, 2017

"Refashioning Jouissance/Enjoyment for the Age of the Imaginary"
Juliet Flower MacCannell, Ph.D.


Saturday, January 28, 2017

"Freud and the Frankfurt School"
Martin E. Jay, Ph.D.


Saturday, October 29, 2016

"Thinking About The Future"
Christopher Bollas, Ph.D.


Saturday, September 24, 2016

"Death Drive Dialogue #2"
Henry Markman, MD,
Israel Katz, MD,


Saturday, May 21, 2016

"Psychoanalytic Knowledge"
Peter Hobson, Ph.D.


Saturday, April 23, 2016

"The Alterability of the Memory Trace"
Rosaura Martinez, Ph.D.


Saturday, April 2, 2016

"Conversion Disorder: Freud, religious transformation, Foucault and Agamben"
Jamieson Webster, Ph.D.


Saturday, March 26, 2016

"Surviving Terror: An Interview with Ernst Federn"
Helen Schoenhals Hart, Dr.med.


Saturday, October 17, 2015

"Rosa Luxemburg and Marilyn Monroe: Women in Depressed Times"
Jacqueline Rose


Saturday, May 9, 2015

"Keeping the Other Alive: Counter-trends to the Death Drive"
Judith Butler, Ph.D.


Monday, March 30, 2015

"Cultivating the Foreigner Within: Julia Kristeva and Hannah Arendt on Uncanny Art and Human Relations in the Contemporary World"
Elaine Miller, Ph.D.


Saturday, January 31, 2015

"Enduring Inequality: Racism in America"
Jeffrey Prager, Ph.D.



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