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 Center, NYU 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are interested in attending, please register using the link below by August 27th: