Summer’s arrived, in whatever sense we still have seasons. At the Society for Psychoanalytic Inquiry we convene to reflect, to interact, and to present to one another on our ongoing work. This serves to round off the year’s activities, as well as to look awkwardly forward to what is to come. That is to say we are convening a summer summit. And we’d like to invite you, in your capacity as a friend of S.P.I. The event will be held the weekend of August 8th through 10th, 2014, in Chicago, and promises to be full of convivial and critical discussion.
The programming is being settled on presently, but it will include a seminar discussion on Wilfred Bion’sExperience in Groups; a talk on New Social Movements and Psychoanalysis from political theorist Isaac Balbus; work-in-progress presentations by S.P.I. members for upcoming conference panels on “Illusion in Psychoanalysis,” and on “WWI, War, and Death;” and review and planning for two large projects: “Experiments in Talking,” soon ready for takeoff, and a potential magazine, in the very early stages. The weekend will also include reviews of S.P.I.’s founding documents and discussion of our work that’s passed and our mission. On Sunday we will convene our general meeting, to which you are invited, but not obliged to attend. Finally, we will have some meals together and share this common work, and we’d like you to do so with us.