Psychoanalytic Practices brings together participants from both clinical and academic communities to ask how, today, we receive and reply to the Freudian legacy. The seminar pursues this inquiry in two ways. First, we convene a monthly reading group with regular membership that builds its discussion around sustained engagements with core texts. The topic for the 2018-19 reading group, in homage to Stanley Cavell, will be Texts of Recovery and Images of Sublimity in Psychoanalysis and Art. The project, following on this past year, will be to ask how psychoanalysis, in theory and practice, both acknowledges and disavows our need to locate a world external to us, a world of which we are not the center. Those interested in joining should contact Humphrey Morris at Second, we hold seminars given by invited guests from a range of disciplines. Our speakers hark from all over the world to address psychoanalytic theory/practice on its own as well as in relation to political, historical, aesthetic, theological, philosophical, and contemporary theoretical arenas. We pre-circulate papers whenever possible for the sake of encouraging seminar participation, the aim of such interaction being to generate new thought within psychoanalysis as well as through interdisciplinary connections. This coming academic year, we will engage the topic of Sex. In the fall we will meet to discuss Alenka Zupancic’s new book What is Sex? That seminar will serve as preparation for a spring seminar, in early April, led by Alenka Zupancic herself. Please send (especially local) speaker recommendations to

Upcoming Events

Russell Sbriglia, Seton Hall University
Subject Matters: Thinking Ontology with Alenka Zupančič’s What Is Sex?
Friday, November 16, 2018 - 5:00pm
Room 133, Barker Center

Attendees are encouraged to read Alenka Zupančič’s What Is Sex? before the seminar

Past Events 2017 - 18

Kiarina Kordela, Macalester College
Biopower in the Era of Affect

Past Events 2016 - 17

Joan Copjec, Brown University
Death Goes On: Kiarostami and Capitalism
Nathan Gorelick, Utah Valley University
Islam, Psychoanalysis, Revolution
Gohar Homayounpour, Shahid Beheshti University Tehran
Doing Psychoanalysis in Tehran: Triumphs and Laments

Past Events 2015 - 16

Anna Kornbluh, University of Illinois at Chicago
States of Psychoanalysis: Formalization and the Space of the Political
Tracy McNulty, Cornell University
The Speculative Mythology of the Death Drive
A Graduate Symposium on Kristeva
Lee Edelman, Tufts University
Being/Divided: Psychoanalysis, Queerness, and Ontological Negation

Past Events 2014 - 15

Daniel Heller-Roazen, Princeton University
Four Remarks on Infinite Names
Charles Shepherdson, Brown University
Affect and the Dispossession of the Self in Aesthetic Experience – From Kant to Nancy
David Kishik, Emerson College
Sad is Eros, Builder of Cities: Reading Walter Benjamin’s Manhattan Project

Past Events 2013 - 14

Julia Kristeva, University of Paris 7-Diderot (Emerita) and Psychoanalytic Society of Paris
Discussion of Kristeva's Lecture on "New Forms of Revolt"
Adrian Johnston, University of New Mexico
Nine Philosophical Dimensions of Psychoanalysis: A Transcendental Materialist Engagement with Freud and Lacan
Adam Kotsko, Shimer College
Why Agamben Needs Psychoanalysis

Past Events 2012 - 13

Maria Margaroni, University of Cyprus
"Julia Kristeva's Voyage in 'the Theresian Continent': The Malady of Love and the Enigma of an Incarnated, Sharable, Smiling Imaginary"
Eric Santner, University of Chicago
"The Royal Remains"
Martin Hägglund, Yale University
"'Beauty that must die': A Seminar on Desire in Hägglund's Dying for Time"

Past Events 2011 - 12

Slavoj Zizek, New York University
"The Ontology of Sexual Difference"
Two Talks by Kelly Oliver, Vanderbilt University
Hilary Neroni, University of Vermont
“The Subject of Biopolitics: Contesting the Tortured Body”

Past Events 2010 - 11

James Penney, Trent University
"The Shameful Body"
Jean Wyatt, Occidental College
"Jean Laplanche and Toni Morrison: Enigmatic Signifying"
on Freud's "Delusion and Dream in Wilhelm Jensen's Gradiva"