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True Love As Love of Truth

Merav Roth, Ph.D

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Melanie Klein's entire endeavor might be described as a rich and unwavering effort to allow love to come to the fore, or in Klein's words, to extricate "love buried under […]


Questioning the Superego

Penelope Garvey

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In this paper I approach and examine the concept of the superego mainly from a Kleinian point of view, describe how it changes during the course of an individual’s development […]

Rossellini Beyond Repair

Ramsey McGlazer, Ph.D.

Albany Senior Center 846 Masonic Avenue, Albany, California, United States

This talk revisits Roberto Rossellini's Europa '51 (1952), a film that Gilles Deleuze made famous for its way of "seeing convicts" in a range of social institutions, including the factory, […]

Anorexia: Between Desire for Recognition and the Death Drive

Domenico Cosenza, Ph.D.

Albany Senior Center 846 Masonic Avenue, Albany, California, United States

In this lecture we will address the enigma of mental anorexia from the perspective of psychoanalysis. From the beginning, Freud perceived in this syndrome, which predominantly affects young women from puberty onward, two heterogeneous and irreducible structural sides of its manifestation: the hysterical and the melancholic declination. In the hysterical version, a dynamic of anorexia […]

What Should I Call You? Pronouns and the Scene of Address

Judith Butler, Ph.D.

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We are now often asked what our pronouns are and how we want to be referred to. But we also receive statements or declarations or requests regarding how others wish to be referred to. The pronoun has come into relief as a turbulent terrain. Tensions have emerged within families, between generations, and between some feminists […]

Link Theory and Practice: The Irreducible Effects of Presence

Israel Katz, MD

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A possible definition for vínculo, translated into English as link or bond, is that of an unconscious situation that links subjects, determining them based on a relationship of presence and the effects of presence, distinct from a relationship based on absence and the re-presentation of that absence, leading to irreducible effects and encounters with excess […]

The Structure and Function of Part Objects

Richard Rusbridger

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A distinctive feature of Kleinian approaches in psychoanalysis is their interest, which developed from Melanie Klein’s work with children, in early states of mind, which she called ‘primitive,’ These frequently involve part object relating, in which a person relates, not to whole people, but to parts of the self and of others. I am going […]

Psychoanalysis: the Contemporary Scene from an Editor’s View

Murray Schwartz

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Scanning the contemporary psychoanalytic scene from the perspective of a journal editor, I will present (necessarily partial) observations and questions about recent and long-term continuities and changes. Aiming to initiate discussion, I will touch on a variety of topics: theory and theorists, infancy, sexuality, society and politics, art and literature, the environment, history and psychoanalytic […]

Working Backwards: “Backwards Causation” and the Temporality of the Unconscious in Pre-Freudian Dream Theory

Jake Fraser, Ph.D.

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The appearance of Freud's The Interpretation of Dreams in 1899 is often thought to have launched a 20th-century fascination with dreams and the unconscious mind. Yet Freud's work (and the use of dreams to draw conclusions about unconscious thought processes) is also the culmination of a now forgotten 19th-century tradition. Under the heading of "working […]

The Significance of the Anus in Psychoanalytic Theory

Benjamin Y. Fong, Ph.D.

Berkeley City Club 2315 Durant Avenue, Berkeley, CA, United States

This talk aims first to illustrate the significance of the anus in psychoanalytic theory, engaging with the writing of Freud, Lou Andreas-Salome, Karl Abraham, and others. It then shifts to a discussion of sociological applications of the theory of anality in the works of Norman O. Brown and Otto Fenichel, articulating finally a theory of […]

Love, Hate and Knowledge: the Analyst’s Aesthetic Conflict

Meg Harris Williams

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For many years there has been an increasing interest in the nature of the psychoanalytic process as a type of art form, albeit with scientific objectives to do with gaining self-knowledge and knowledge about mental processes in general. The emotional pressures involved in this kind of knowledge were formulated by Bion as ‘Love, Hate and […]