Autumn Summit: Homo Projectus, or, The Primitive Individuals of Advanced Society


UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine

10833 Le Conte Ave

Los Angeles, CA 90095

Date & Time

Sep. 30, 2017
09:30am —05:30pm

Free Event

Email to register, by sending your name, email, and a brief statement of interest. You will thus receive readings and the final summit details. Register by Saturday, September 23rd. Space is limited.

Event Description

At its upcoming fall summit in Los Angeles, the Society for Psychoanalytic Inquiry will take aim at the primitive mechanisms that keep our imbalanced social order intact. Join us to push forward the proud tradition of Analytic Social Psychology; to converse with Russell Jacoby about the planned obsolescence of psychoanalysis; to boldly talk and listen where no subject of late capitalism has talked or listened before; and to plumb the darkness of Donald Meltzer’s The Claustrum.


  • 9:30am – Coffee/Breakfast Items
  • 10am – Analytic Social Psychology Undead
  • 11:15am – Break
  • 11:30am – Conversation with Russell Jacoby,* Professor of History at UCLA and author of Social Amnesia
  • 1pm – Lunch
  • 2pm – Experiments in Listening
  • 4pm – Break
  • 4:15pm – Discussion of Donald Meltzer’s The Claustrum**
  • Dinner & Afterparty to follow.

*Russell Jacoby is a professor of history at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), an author and a critic of academic culture. His fields of interest are twentieth-century European and American intellectual and cultural history, specifically the history of intellectuals and education. His numerous books include Social Amnesia: A critique of conformist psychology (1975), Repression of Psychoanalysis: Otto Fenichel and the political Freudians (1983), and most recently Bloodlust: On the roots of violence from Cain and Abel to the present (2011). In 2009, he was appointed to the Moishe Gonzales Folding Chair of Critical Theory. A documentary, Velvet Prisons: Russell Jacoby on American Academia, premiered at the Humanity Explored Online Film Festival.

**Please read selections in advance: The Claustrumby psychoanalyst Donald Meltzer (1923-2004), uses the Kleinian concept of projective-identification, with special reference to intrusive identification with internal objects, to examine claustrophobic phenomena and its relations to the treatment of borderline and adolescent patients.