Psychoanalysis:  Global Emergences


Harper @ the University of Chicago

1116 East 59th Street, Chicago, IL 60637

Date & Time

Jan. 14 —Mar. 11, 2013

Free Event

Event Description

Psychoannals Winter 2013 Reading Series

Psychoanalysis is often described as a project inextricable from the sociocultural milieu of Vienna at the turn of the 20th century, an invention (or a discovery) that became linked up to the dissemination of modernism. Yet as both practice and ideology, its most enduring legacies have been established elsewhere. This quarter, we want to ask questions of the historical and geographical moments of psychoanalysis: why, at a particular time in a particular place, does psychoanalysis gain purchase? Do these different emergences of psychoanalysis really describe one thing? If psychoanalysis purports to make claims about “the human,” how are these dealt with by societies bound up in specific forms of selfhood?


  • Mikey McGovern


  • Psychoannals
  • The Society for Psychoanalytic Inquiry


1/14 – An Ambiguous Legacy

  • Young-Bruehl, Elizabeth and Murrary Schwartz. “Why Psychoanalysis Has No History.”
  • Zaretsky, Eli. “The Ambiguous Legacy of Psychoanalysis” and “Absorption and Marginality” (selections) in Secrets of the Soul: A Social and Cultural History of Psychoanalysis.

1/28 – The Repression of Psychoanalysis

  • Jacoby, Russel. “The Repression of Psychoanalysis” in The Repression of Psychoanalysis: Otto Fenichel and the Political Freudians.
  • Zaretsky, Eli. “Autonomy and Resistance” (selections) and “Charisma or Rationalization? U.S. Psychoanalysis in the Epoch of the Cold War” in Secrets of the Soul: A Social and Cultural History of Psychoanalysis.

2/11 – Jacques Lacan, Paris, May 1968

  • Turkle, Sherry. “The Social Roots of Psychoanalytic Culture” and “‘Reinventing’ Freud in France” in Psychoanalytic Politics: Jacques Lacan and Freud’s French Revolution.

2/25 – A “Lacan Ward” in Argentina

  • Lakoff, Andrew. “The Lacan Ward” in Pharmaceutical Reason: Knowledge and Value in Global Psychiatry.

3/11 – Made in China? Exporting Psychoanalysis

  • Schlösser, Anne-Marie. “Oedipus in China: Can we Export Psychoanalysis?”
  • Osnos, Evan. “Meet Dr. Freud: Does Psychoanalysis Have a Future in an Authoritarian State?”