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?