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On Voluntary Servitude
Paola Mieli

Friday, January 29, 2021
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

In times like these, as new forms of totalitarianism are taking over everywhere, it’s necessary to reflect on humans’ inherent propensity to take joy in their own servitude. Returning to Freud's and Lacan’s articulations of the subject of language and the social link, and that subject’s passion for ignorance, the seminar will explore the nature of the drive, masochism, and the ways the superego dictates the law one abides by. Psychoanalytic ethics can open a breach out of subjective servitude.

Each meeting will include a discussion of specific readings, which will be decided meeting by meeting and posted on our website.

Dates: The meetings will take place in 2021 from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM on the following Fridays: January 29, February 26, March 19, April 16, and May 7.

Please check dates on our website, as changes may occur.

Paola Mieli is a practicing psychoanalyst in New York and is the president of Après-Coup Psychoanalytic Association. Her latest book is Figures of Space: Subject, Body, Place (NY, 2017).

Location: Online via Zoom. Registration details to be announced.

Fee: $20 per meeting. For students with ID: $10 per meeting.

For more information, please call Paola Mieli at (212) 228-5120.