Summer Summit 2015 in NYC


417 Lafayette Street
New York, NY

Date & Time

Aug. 29, 2015

Tickets: $

Suggested Contribution: $10

Event Description

When the Madness is Civilization: Psychoanalytic theory, therapy, and education in reactionary times

Started in 2014, the Society for Psychoanalytic Inquiry’s biannual summits touch down somewhere on the continental U.S. every winter and summer. These semi-public meetings are the foci of reflection on our activities; they serve as opportunities for our membership to present works in progress, hash out theoretical debates, and devise future plans. This summer’s summit, Saturday, August 29, sees our first event in New York City since the 2012 Leftforum discussion. We started with Freud’s question:

  • “…may we not be justified in reaching the diagnosis that, under the influence of cultural urges, some civilizations, or some epochs of civilization—possibly the whole of mankind—have become ‘neurotic’?”

To answer, we will be speaking with Steven Reisner (Physicians for Human Rights), a psychoanalyst and activist at the forefront of exposing the collusion of the American Psychological Association with torture programs; analyst and educator Jay Frankel (Stephen Mitchell CenterNYU Post-doc Program; SVA Critical Theory and the Arts) on identification with the aggressor and treating authoritarian tendencies in the therapeutic process; discussing with members of the Brooklyn Institute for Social Research attempts to get and give an education in an irrational society; and looking closely at new work in analytic theory from the pen of Ben Fong.  We look backward and forward to seeing you all there.

If you’d like more information about SPI and the summit, please email Chris Crawford at

If you are interested in attending, please register using the link below by August 27th:




  • When the Madness is Civilization: Psychoanalytic theory, therapy, and education in reactionary times

  • Saturday, August 29



  • Analytic theory in a time of social insanity

  • 11:30 - 12:30
  • Ben Fong on the total conception of his new book, death and mastery in psychoanalysis


  • Lunch


  • Therapy in a time of social insanity

  • 2:00 - 3:00
  • Treating authoritarians and the Confusion of Tongues with Jay Frankel


  • Education in a time of social insanity

  • 3:30 - 5:00
  • Brooklyn Institute for Social Research—Critical Theory and Pedagogy
  • with Ajay Chaudhary & Loren Dent
  • pedagogical readings here and here and here


  • Participants and Others are encouraged to join us for dinner afterwards at COLORS and for brunch on Sunday in Brooklyn