From Totem and Taboo to the New Amerindians: Social Link and Work of Mourning with Christian Dunker at Après-Coup

Après-Coup Psychoanalytic Association presents


From Totem and Taboo to the New Amerindians: Social Link and Work of Mourning  with Christian Dunker
Wednesday, November 9, 2016, 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm, The School of Visual Arts, 136 West 21st Street, New York, NY

Today we would do well to supplement the paradigm for loss that Freud elaborated in 1917 in “Mourning and Melancholia” with an Amerindian perspectivism that can allow us to grasp the kind of infinite mourning we find in contemporary experience.

Suggested Readings: Freud: Totem and Taboo (1913); “Mourning and Melancholia” (1917). Castro, Eduardo Viveiros de: Cosmological Perspectivism in Amazonia and Elsewhere (2012, Hau Masterclass Series). Dunker: “Discontent, Suffering and Symptom: Reading Lacanian Diagnostics through Amerindian Perspectivism,” Crisis and Critique, vol. 1, pp. 12-25, 2014.

Christian Ingo Lenz Dunker practices psychoanalysis in São Paulo, where he is also a USP professor of Clinical Psychology and Lacanian Studies and co-coordinator of its Laboratory for Social Theory, Philosophy and Psychoanalysis, and member analyst of the Fórum do Campo Lacaniano. In Brazil he is widely known as a blogger and journalistic writer on psychoanalytic topics but also on such general political topics as police violence. Karnac Books has published in English translation his The Constitution of the Psychoanalytic Clinic: A History of its Structure and Power.

Attendance fee: $20; for students with ID: $10.
Attendance is free for members of Après-Coup as well as for the
faculty and students of the School of Visual Arts.

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