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Kazimir Malevich, Female Torso, 1928-9


On Voluntary Servitude
Paola Mieli

With the participation of
Raffaella Colombo

Saturday, May 8, 2021
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
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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 for May 8: Xenophon, Hiero (c 430-354 BC), Etienne de la Boétie (1530-1563), The Discourse of Voluntary Servitude; S. Freud, Group Psychology and Analysis of the Ego (1921), L. Strauss, On Tyranny, chapter IV (1948).

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.

Paola Mieli is a psychoanalyst practicing in New York City. She is the president of Après-Coup Psychoanalytic Association (New York), a member of Le Cercle Freudien (Paris), of Espace Analytique (Paris), and of the section of Psychoanalysis in Psychiatry of the World Psychiatry Association (WPA). She is the author of numerous essays on psychoanalysis and on culture.

Raffaella Colombo is a Research Fellow at the State University of Milan. Her research focuses on modern and contemporary moral and political philosophy, particularly on Spinoza and Leo Strauss. The author of numerous essays on philosophy, she has recently co-edited the volumes Dalla predazione al dominio(Milano, 2017) and Sotto il segno di Platone (Milano, 2020).

Location: Online via Zoom. To register, click here

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

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 apres.coup@yahoo.com to request.

We recommend you sign into Zoom 5 minutes before the start of the seminar.

Continuing Education
This seminar is the final session of a 5-part series taking place on the following Saturdays: January 30, February 27, March 20, April 17, and May 8. For those who have signed up for the entire series for CE Credits, you will be automatically registered and will receive and email with Zoom info shortly.