Commodity Psychoanalysis: Spring Summit 2017



178 Stanton St

New York, NY 10002

Date & Time

Apr. 1, 2017
10:00am —06:00pm

Tickets: $10.00

Please register here

Event Description

The Society for Psychoanalytic Inquiry (SPI) invites members and fellow travelers to its biannual summit in New York City to develop a Political Freud that might investigate and effectively point toward ways of overcoming the new waves of barbarism. Building on a half-decade of  discussion and debate on the methods of analytic social psychology, the summit will work two angles. First, we will investigate the contemporary relevance of an old suspect: the culture industry and its mix of unconscious manipulation and political passivity. Second, we will discuss moments in the history of “Political Freud”— experiments in combining acute psychological awareness with political radicalism. We will bring together a collection of untimely conceptual operations, from the critique of the commodity form to the psychoanalysis of fascist propaganda, in an attempt to make sense of the present. We call this commodity psychoanalysis. Please join us.

  • Register through this link.
  • Find the preparatory materials on our library page.



9:30 am – Breakfast, hello
10:00 am – The Culture Industry, then and now
11:30 am – Break
11:45 am – Work in Regress
12:30 pm – Lunch
2:00 pm – Political Freud and the crisis, with Eli Zaretsky*
4:00 pm – Break
4:15 pm – Profits of Deceit: Propaganda and psychoanalysis

Dinner & Afterparty to follow.

*Eli Zaretsky has taught at Lang College since 1999. His interests are in twentieth century cultural history, the theory and history of capitalism (especially its social and cultural dimensions), and the history of the family. His most recent book is Political Freud, published in 2015 by Cambridge University Press. His earlier work includes Secrets of the Soul: A Social and Cultural History of Psychoanalysis and Why America Needs a Left. He is the editor of The Polish Peasant in Europe and America; and of Capitalism, the Family and Personal Life.