The Analytic Social Psychology Workshop inaugurates its fall season!
Jeremy Cohan, Greg Gabrellas, Scott Jenkins & Katie Glanz will present SKETCHES for the following roundtable, to be presented in full as the 2016 conference of the Association for the Psychoanalysis of Culture and Society, COMING SOON:
Roundtable: “Questions for Political Freud” OR SPI Annotates “Political Freud”
This roundtable is a set of responses and enlargements generated by a collective investigation of Eli Zaretsky’s Political Freud, published in 2016, by the Society for Psychoanalytic Inquiry’s (SPI) Analytic Social Psychology research group.
Political Freud collects several essays on the role of psychoanalytic thought in political movements, political theory, and political culture. These contributions range from examining Freud’s own historical researches, to the effect of Freud’s writings on black liberation movements and 60s radicalism, to debates within feminism, to the politics of contemporary terror and mourning. Zaretsky writes as a participant in—and internal critic of—the New Left’s attempts to forge a politics of subjectivity.
We find provocative and important in it: (1) A retrospective of a full century of political Freud. (2) A defense of a certain form of psychoanalytic inquiry after several decades of assault (the “Freud Wars,” the rise of managed care, the emphasis on therapy over theory, etc) (3) A call for a new generation of political Freudians to examine the unconscious politics at play in the present disintegration/ re-entrenchment of neoliberalism, and the new authoritarianism.
We have made Zaretsky’s book a locus of our reflection and communication concerning the fundamental questions that face our group’s research: what are the forms of political domination? How do they maintain themselves? And what role does psychoanalysis have to play in a critical theory of society? The roundtable participants will respond to Zaretsky’s take on psychoanalysis’ role in black radicalism, feminism, authoritarianism, and free love. We see this as an exercise in coming to terms an important book on politics and psychoanalysis past, to prepare radical energies to come.