Past Event

"Thinking About The Future"

Christopher Bollas, Ph.D.

Most people have an internal object that gathers their unconscious assumptions about the future. As an object, the future serves multiple functions during the course of a lifetime and is therefore subjected to shifting cultural axioms about the future. Currently, the expansionist promise of globalization seems counter pointed by the death drive that annihilates the very complexity predicted by global advocates. The startling move towards religious fundamentalisms and the hate driven solutions of a paranoid right marching in facist steps compels all citizens to think about deeply mixed feelings about the future. Dr. Bollas's talk will incorporate the passionate and brilliant account of the politics of our time found in Sheldon Wolin's Democracy Inc. Managed Democracy And The Specter of Inverted Totalitarianism (Princeton, 2008) as well as his own work Forces of Destiny: Psychoanalysis and Human Idiom (Aronson, 1991, pps 7-49). 


Berkeley City Club
2315 Durant Avenue

Saturday, October 29, 2016

10:00 AM - 1:30 PM


ChristopherChristopher Bollas, Ph.D.

Christopher Bollas is one of the most widely read authors in the field of psychoanalysis. He studied intellectual history with Carl Schorske at UC Berkeley, receiving his bachelor degree in history. He earned his doctorate in English Literature and studied with Norman Holland, Leslie Fiedler, Murray Schwartz, Michel Foucault and Rene Girard. He was Director of Education at Austen Riggs Center and qualified in psychoanalysis at the Institute of Psychoanalysis in London. He worked with and has been influenced by Arnold Modell, Andre Green, Herbert Rosenfeld, Joseph Sandler and others.  Dr. Bollas is unique in being deeply informed historically, culturally and clinically.


Future Events

"Trans Psychoanalysis and Livable Embodiments"

Patricia Gherovici, Ph.D.

Berkeley City Club
2315 Durant Avenue, Berkeley, CA

Saturday, March 3, 2018
9:30 AM - 11:30 AM



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"Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg: The Dream World of Wagner"
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"Incandescent Alphabets: Language and Art in Psychosis"
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Saturday, May 20, 2017

"Homeland (In)Security: How Feminine Law Might Rescue Democracy, Truth and Free Speech"
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Sunday, March 26, 2017

"Enigmatic Mechanisms: Some Reflections on Love, Affect, and Identification in Freud"
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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"
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Saturday, October 29, 2016

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


Saturday, September 24, 2016

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


Saturday, May 21, 2016

"Psychoanalytic Knowledge"
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Saturday, April 23, 2016

"The Alterability of the Memory Trace"
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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"
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Monday, March 30, 2015

"Cultivating the Foreigner Within: Julia Kristeva and Hannah Arendt on Uncanny Art and Human Relations in the Contemporary World"
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Saturday, January 31, 2015

"Enduring Inequality: Racism in America"
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