The Psychoanalysis Reading Group
The Psychoanalysis Reading Group is a forum where graduate students and faculty can gather to discuss recent research in the context of the history of analysis, as theory and practice. The group discusses a wide range of works: from founding texts, to canonical and non-canonical historical developments throughout the 20th and 21st century, to the major issues of current debates. At each session, a faculty member proposes a text related to her or his research, introduces it and leads the discussion.
1. Avraham Rot (Humanities - Johns Hopkins, PhD Candidate)
Monday 09/22, 5 pm. Room Friend 006 (RSVP by 09/17)
"On Anxiety and Boredom in Freud and Heidegger"
Sigmund Freud. Vorlesungen zur Einführung in die Psychoanalyse [Introductory Lectures on Psychoanalysis], Lecture 25: "Anxiety", 1917
—. Hemmung, Symptom und Angst [Inhibitions, Symptoms and Anxiety], 1926
2. John Borneman (Anthropology)
Monday 10/13, 5 pm. Room Friend 006 (RSVP by 10/08)
"Talking, Dreaming, and Intersubjectivity in Psychoanalytic Practice"
Ogden, Thomas H. “On talking as dreaming”. International Journal of Psychoanalysis 88, 2007: 575-89
3. Susan Sugarman (Psychology)
Monday 11/03, 5 pm. Room Friend 006 (RSVP by 10/29)
"On Freud's Theory of Mind: Reductive or Axiomatic? The General Theory as Seen Through His Discourse on the Pleasure Princple"
Sigmund Freud. "Formulierungen über die zwei Prinzipien des psychischen Geschehens". [Formulations on two Principles in Mental Functioning], 1911
—. Die Traumdeutung [The Interpretation of Dreams], 1899. Two paragraphs in the middle of Section C, Chapter VII, starting from "There can be no doubt that [the mental] apparatus has only reached its present perfection after a long period of development..."
—. Jenseits des Lustprinzips [Beyond the Pleasure Principle], 1920
—. [The Economic Problem in Masochism], 1924. Introduction
4. Anthony Vidler (Architecture - The Cooper Union)
Monday 11/17, 5 pm. Room Friend 006 (RSVP by 11/12)
"The Architectural Uncanny"
Sigmund Freud. Das Unheimliche [The Uncanny], 1909.
Jacques Lacan on Anxiété [Anxiety], Session VI, 1962-63.
Anthony Vidler. "The Architecture of the Uncanny: The Unhomely Houses of the Romantic Sublime", Assemblage, n. 3, July 1987, pp. 6-29.
Jacques Derrida. "Freud et la scène de l'écriture". L'écriture et la différence ["Freud and the Scene of Writing". Writing and Difference], 1967.
—. Mal d'Archive: Une Impression Freudienne [Archive Fever: A Freudian Impression], 1996.
5. Rachel Bowlby (Comparative Literature)
Monday 12/8, 5.30 pm. Room Friend 006 (RSVP by 12/3)
"Freud on 'Family Romances'"
Sigmund Freud. Der Familienroman der Neurotiker, 1909. [Family Romances, Standard Edition IX: 237-41].
Confirmed sessions for spring:
6. Anne Anlin Cheng (ENG) on race, psychoanalysis and shine.
7. Brigid Doherty (ART/GER) on Sándor Ferenczi (1873-1933)
8. Katja Guenther (HIS) on Jacques Lacan's mirror stage in a historical perspective.
9. Spyros Papapetros (ARC) on space and psychoanalysis.