Winter Summit I


619 W. Upsal St.,

Philadelphia, PA 19119

Date & Time

Jan. 11 —12, 2014

Free Event

Event Description

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. They also bring in interlocutors for SPI from the worlds of theory and therapy to inform our ongoing practice.

Winter 2014’s summit focused on presentations by SPI’s ongoing workgroups of findings and questions and provocations for research. SPI also extended an invitation to analyst and radio host Tracy Morgan, to discuss analytic training and the public role of psychoanalysis. Finally, we hosted a symposium on fear and the future, asking general questions about fear, politics, love, and death, over wine.


Major Splits in Psychoanalysis Workgroup

  • Gary Walls on Harry Stack Sullivan
  • Christie Offenbacher on the Fromm-Marcuse debate
  • Trent Leipert on that Lacanian Thing

Analytic Social Psychology Workgoup

  • Seminar on Russell Jacoby’s Social Amnesia
  • Ben Koditschek on Cars

Bildung-Blocks (Psychoanalysis and Education) Workgroup

  • Scott Jenkins and Drake Tyler on Schooling and Culture
  • with comments by Benjamin Landau-Beispiel


Saturday, January 11

  • 9:00 - 9:45
  • 9:45 - 10:15
    opening remarks
  • 10:15 -12:45
    major splits in psychoanalysis workgroup
  • 1:00 - 3:00
    luncheon with psychoanalyst Tracy Morgan
  • 3:45 - 5:45
    bildung-blocks workgroup
  • 6:00 - 7:00
  • 7:30 - 9:00
    symposium, on fear and the future

Sunday, January 12

  • 10:00 - 12:30
    analytic social psychology workgroup
  • 12:30 - 2:00
  • 2:00 - 5:00
    general membership meeting

Lunch with an analyst

Tracy D. Morgan is the founding Editor and Host of NBiP.  A psychoanalyst in private practice in NYC for over sixteen years, seeing individuals, couples and groups, she is also a graduate of The Center for Modern Psychoanalytic Studies.  Almost becoming an academic historian, studying the history of sexuality, medicine, culture and race in a PhD program, she decided that history with a petite “h” was more her metier.  Steeped in modes that are decisively Modern Psychoanalytic, she has been mentored, analyzed and supervised by adherents of Spotnitz,  Ormont, and Meadow. Nevertheless, she is perpetually interested in experiencing and exploring what is going on in the larger world of psychoanalytic thinking. Toward that end, she is committed to bringing a plethora of psychoanalytic ideas and a slew of new interlocutors into the public sphere, where she thinks they all very much so belong.  Morgan maintains a blog, “Walking Through Life Holding Freud’s Hand” that largely comments upon on the paper of records’ treatment of things psychoanalytic and is a teaching assistant at CMPS.  Finally, NBiP was the very proud winner of the prestigious NAAP Gradiva Award for New Media in 2013.


Quotes to consider, for the symposium

  • “Fear constitutes a…crucial subjective motive of objective rationality.”
  • “The human structure is animated by the contradiction between an intense longing for and fear of freedom.”
  • “In the face of the disproportion between institutional power and individual powerlessness this fear has become so pervasive in advanced exchange society that it would require superhuman powers to live outside it; and meanwhile the system ceaselessly erodes each individual’s powers to withstand it.”
  • “Let fear be a sort of pain and agitation derived from the imagination of a future destructive or painful evil; for all evils are not feared…For fear to continue, there must be some hope of being saved from the cause of agony.”