ON THE VERGE: MADNESS IN THE PSYCHOANALYTIC ENCOUNTER
IPTAR 1651 THIRD AVE, SUITE 205
PSYCHOSIS? LACAN ON UNTRIGGERED PSYCHOSIS, ADDICTION, AND OTHER NON-NEUROTIC PHENOMENA
SUNDAY, APRIL 7, 2019, 9am – 4pm
Panelists: Marcus Coelen, PhD (Introduction), María Cristina Aguirre, PhD,
David Lichtenstein, PhD, Yael Baldwin, PhD (Jamieson Webster, PhD and Anna Fishzon, PhD, moderators)
General admission: $150, with 5 CE credits Candidates and Students: $40, with 5 CE credits
No other post-Freudian theorist has taken a more radical, almost categorical, view of psychosis than Jacques Lacan. His early experience of psychiatric training under Clérambault and at the Sainte-Anne Hospital had a profound impact on his reading of Freud. Lacan’s theories of psychosis have led to innovations around technique and the analytic setting that are little known in the United States. If psychosis is not on a spectrum with neurosis as a Kleinian, for example, might view it, then what implications does this have for thinking about patients “on the verge?” Where and how might we locate the question of madness in classical analysis using Lacanian theory and technique? Join us for the first meeting in this two-part series where we will discuss psychotic states, from untriggered psychosis, to breakdown and addiction, to what Lacan called psychosis proper, and the extreme mechanisms that set the stage for psychotic breaks, delusion, and paranoia.
For a better sense of Lacanian views of psychosis you might be interested in the following
interview with psychoanalyst Dorothée Bonnigal-Katz (UK) by Patricia Gherovici and Manya
Steinkoler (also published in Division Review):
1) Participants will gain an understanding of Lacan’s approach to diagnostic structure, especially his differentiation of psychosis from neurosis.
2) Participants will learn about the concept of “ordinary” or untriggered psychosis and will be able discuss its usefulness in working with both psychotic and non-psychotic patients.
3) Participants will assimilate Lacanian clinical perspectives on breakdown and addiction, as well psychotic mechanisms like delusion and mania.
9:40–10:10am Marcus Coelen, introduction to Lacanian
psychotic structure and “untriggered” psychosis
10:10–10:30am Discussion with the audience and Dr. Coelen, with Jamieson Webster moderating
10:30–11:00am Maria Cristina Aguirre, “On Ordinary Psychosis”
11:00–11:15am COFFEE BREAK
11:15–11:45am David Lichtenstein, “Lacan at the Border: Does a Subject Have a Structure”
11:45am–12:30pm Discussion with speakers and the audience, moderated by Dr. Webster
2:00–2:30pm Yael Baldwin, “Lacan and Addiction”
2:30–3:15pm Panel discussion with all 4 presenters and Dr. Webster, with Anna Fishzon moderating
3:15–4:00pm Discussion with audience
María Cristina Aguirre, PhD is a psychoanalyst practicing in New York City. She is a senior psychologist at Elmhurst Hospital Center. She is President of the Lacanian Compass, a group associated to the New Lacanian School (NLS), one of the seven schools of the World Association of Psychoanalysis (WAP). She is secretary of the Executive Committee of the NLS and Director of the Lacanian Compass New York site. She is editor of the LC Express, the digital journal of the Lacanian Compass. She is Analyst Member of the School (AME) of the New Lacanian School (NLS), Nueva Escuela Lacaniana (NEL), and the World Association of Psychoanalysis (WAP). She is a member of the American Psychological Association (APA) and the Association for Psychoanalytical Medicine (APM). She is frequently invited to teach and give lectures in many countries of Europe and America.
Yael Goldman Baldwin, PhD is a clinical psychologist and professor and chair of psychology at Mars Hill University. She is the author of Let’s Keep Talking: Lacanian Tales of Love, Sex, and Other Catastrophes (Karnac, 2016) and is a co-editor of Lacan and Addiction: An Anthology (Karnac, 2011). Her articles have appeared in The International Lacanian Review, Theory and Psychology, The Lacanian Compass, and elsewhere. Her latest chapter “On an ex post facto syllabary,” can be found in the first of the three-volume anthology, Reading Lacan’s Ecrits (Routledge, 2019). She obtained her masters at the University of Chicago and her PhD at Duquesne University. She lives and works in Asheville, NC.
Marcus Coelen, PhD is a psychoanalyst in private practice in New York and Berlin. He also teaches literature and literary theory, currently holding an appointment in the Psychoanalytic Studies Program at Columbia University. He has translated into German and edited several volumes of texts by the French novelist and theoretician Maurice Blanchot. Publications include, with Mark Hewson, Georges Bataille
Anna Fishzon, PhD is an advanced candidate at IPTAR and author of Fandom, Authenticity, and Opera: Mad Acts and Letter Scenes in Fin-de-siècle Russia (Palgrave, 2013). Her articles have appeared in Slavic Review, Kritika, Slavic and East European Journal, and other scholarly publications. She is coediting The Queerness of Childhood: Essays from the Other Side of the Looking Glass (Palgrave, forthcoming) with Emma Lieber. She is cohost of the podcast New Books in Psychoanalysis and Editor, The Candidate Journal: Psychoanalytic Currents.
David Lichtenstein, PhD is a psychoanalyst in private practice in New York City. He is Editor, DIVISION/Review: A Quarterly Psychoanalytic Forum, Cofounder of Après-Coup Psychoanalytic Association; faculty member at the NYU Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis; and adjunct faculty at CUNY Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology. He is coeditor of the recent book, The Lacan Tradition (Routledge, 2018).
Jamieson Webster, PhD is a psychoanalyst based in New York. She has written for Artforum, Apology, Cabinet, the Guardian, Playboy, Spike Art Quarterly, the New York Review of Books and the New York Times. She is the author of Conversion Disorder: Listening to the Body in Psychoanalysis (Columbia UP, 2018); Stay, Illusion!: The Hamlet Doctrine, with Simon Critchley (Pantheon, 2013); and The Life and Death of Psychoanalysis (Karnac, 2011). With Marcus Coelen, she is currently working on The Cambridge Introduction to Jacques Lacan.
Many thanks from the IPTAR Program Committee: Jeanne Even (Chair), Eva Atsalis, Carolyn Ellman, Susan Finkelstein, Anna Fishzon, Lynne Herbst, Judy Ann Kaplan, Masha Mimran, Jamieson Webster.
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(5) CE credits will be granted to participants who have registered, have documented evidence of attendance of the entire program and have completed the on-line evaluation form. Upon completion of the evaluation form a Certificate of Completion will be emailed to all participants who comply with these requirements.