Kazimir Malevich, Female Torso, 1928-9
SEMINAR: On Voluntary Servitude Paola Mieli Saturday, February 27th, 2021 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM (EST)
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 Febrary 27: Etienne de la Boétie (1530-1563), The Discourse of Voluntary Servitude; S. Freud, On Narcissism: An Introduction (1914); S. Freud, Group Psychology and Analysis of the Ego (1921); S. Freud, “The Libido Theory” in Two Encyclopaedia Articles (1922).
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.
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This seminar is the second 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.
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