Past Event

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

Jill Gentile, Ph.D.

The presidential election and inauguration, and their aftermath, have exposed cracks in the foundations of our democracy. Assaults on the rule of law, free speech, equality, freedom and truth have revealed deep rifts and tensions in American society. Domestic pressures, globalization, and mestastasizing conflicts produce closer and closer encounters with the Other and lead to further polarization.

Our conversation with the author of "Feminine Law, Freud, Free Speech and the Voice of Desire" (Karnac 2016) considers how psychoanalysts might enter the discourse. Does our clinical experience give us insight into the nature of freedom, in particular, the freedom of expression guarenteed in our Bill of Rights?  Does psychoanalysis provide the tools to open a space for genuine encounter with both ordinary and extraordinary hatred and violence? What insights and guidelines might a "feminine law" offer us?


Berkeley City Club
2315 Durant Avenue

Saturday, May 20, 2017

10:00 AM - 12:00 PM


JillJill Gentile, Ph.D.

Jill Gentile, Ph.D. is faculty at the NYU Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy & Psychoanalysis where she co-chairs the Independent track. She is also a supervisor and faculty member at the Institute for the Psychoanalytic Study of Subjectivity. Dr. Gentile is a corresponding editor of "Contemporary Psychoanalysis", on the editorial boards of "Psychoanalysis, Self and Context" (formerly the International Journal of Psychoanalytic Self Psychology) and The Candidate Journal (advisory). She is the author of numerous scholarly essays on personal agency, desire, and symbolic life. Her book, "Feminine Law: Freud, Free Speech, and the Voice of Desire" with M. Macrone (Karnac, 2016) examines the mutual relevance between psychoanalysis and democracy through the lenses of free speech and gender.


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



Past Events

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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