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 2019-20 reading group will be "How Things Speak: Turning Psychoanalysis to the Erotics of the Material World." We take this, crucially, as a clinical question. It emerges from our inquiry, this past year, into the dynamics of the sublime in Cavell, Coleridge, Thoreau, and Baudelaire. We will start the fall with Barbara Johnson's Persons and Things. Those interested in joining the reading group should contact Humphrey Morris at Second, we hold seminars given by invited guests with expertise in 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 politics, history, aesthetics, theology, philosophy, and contemporary theory. We pre-circulate papers whenever possible to encourage seminar participation, the aim of such interaction being to generate new thought within psychoanalysis as well as through interdisciplinary connections. This coming year, we will first return to the intersection of psychoanalysis and race. Sheldon George and Patricia Gherovici will give seminars in the fall. In the spring, we expect Slavoj Žižek once again. Please send (especially local) speaker recommendations to

Upcoming Events

Isabelle Alfandary, Université Sorbonne Nouvelle
Freud's Early Epistemology: The Temptation of the Plot in Studies on Hysteria
Friday, February 21, 2020 - 4:00pm
Barker Center, Room 133
Slavoj Žižek, University of Ljubljana
Talk Title TBA
Monday, April 20, 2020 - 7:00pm
Thompson Room, Barker Center

Past Events 2019 - 20

Frank Ruda, University of Dundee
Eva Ruda, FU/HU Berlin
CANCELLED: Hegel - Working Through: From Nature's Beginning to Art's End
Mahrou Zhaf, St. Lawrence University
Iranian Cinema on the Couch

Past Events 2018 - 19

Adrian Johnston, University of New Mexico
God is Undead: The Invisible Hand Rises from the Grave
Russell Sbriglia, Seton Hall University
Enjoy Your Trump! or, Superego between Fetish and Symptom | Subject Matters: Thinking Ontology with Alenka Zupančič's What is Sex?
Alenka Zupančič, The European Graduate School
Afterthoughts on What is Sex?

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"