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.
Suggested Readings: Etienne de la Boétie (1530-1563), The Discourse of Voluntary Servitude; S. Freud, On Narcissism: An Introduction (1914); S. Freud, "The Libido Theory" in Two Encyclopaedia Articles (1922).
Dates: The meetings will take place in 2021 from 10AM-12PM on the following Saturdays: January 30, February 27, March 20, April 17, and May 8. NOTE: This seminar, previously scheduled to take place on Friday evenings, has been moved to Saturday mornings.
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. To register, click here
Fee: $20 per meeting. For students with ID: $10 per meeting.
Ten (10) CE credits will be granted to Licensed Social Workers and Licensed Psychoanalysts who have registered, have documented evidence of attendance of all five meetings of the seminar, and complete the evaluation form. Upon completion of the evaluation form, a Certificate of Completion will be emailed to all participants who comply with these requirements. Credits cannot be given for partial attendance.
CE Class Schedule:10:00 am – 12:00 pm on the following Saturdays: January 30, February 27, March 20, April 17, and May 8, 2021
Please note: To receive credit, you must register by January 29th and attend all five meetings.
Course fee with 10 CE Credits: $200.00
Social Workers: Après-Coup Psychoanalytic Association is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers (#SW-0597).
Licensed Psychoanalysts: Après-Coup Psychoanalytic Association is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Licensed Psychoanalysts as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed psychoanalysts (#P-0044).
Learning Objectives: After the presentations, participants will be able to:
1) Discuss the structural relation of the subject of language to the collective and the social link.
2) Identify the function of the Ideal Ego in identification and group formations.
3) Recognize the role of the drives and that of the superego.
For annual fee members of Après-Coup as well as for the faculty and students of the School of Visual Arts, attendance is free—use access code during the checkout process. Need access code? Email firstname.lastname@example.org to request.
We recommend you sign into Zoom 5 minutes before the start of the seminar.