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The objects in/of psychoanalysis

Friday, September 23, 2022 at 9:30am to 6:00pm

Goldwin Smith Hall, Goldwin Smith Hall G258
232 East Ave, Central Campus

Cornell Psychoanalysis Reading Group Conference, September 23-24, 2022


                                        Friday (09/23) (Goldwin Smith G258)

9:30 AM - 11:00 AM Worlding Freud: Psychoanalysis and the Postcolonial

Moderator: Gerard Aching

Zarah Khan (University of Toronto)

The Proper Object of Suffering: Rethinking Israel-Palestine through Psychoanalysis

Ketan Jain (Tufts University)

“An Infinity of Shawls”: Fetishistic Fabrics and The Threat of Ornamentalism

Praveen Tilakaratne (Cornell University)

The Freudian Act and the Forging of “Non-Western” Psycho-logical Thought


11:15 AM- 1:00 PM Objects of Transmission

Moderator: Mitchell Greenberg

Amelia Ames (Princeton University)

Beyond Pessimism or Optimism: Revisiting the “Law of the Mother,” Partus Sequitur Ventrem

John Anspach (Cornell University)

The Sociality of Wounds

Andrew Barnaby (University of Vermont)

Fantasy and the Origin of the (Jewish) Subject

Romain Pasquer Brochard (Cornell University)

Voice as Lost Object of Transmission


2:30 PM- 4PM Destruction and Form

Moderator: Romain Pasquer

Adam Koutajian (Harvard University)

Destruction as a Problem for Psychoanalytic Thought

John Un (Cornell University)

End without End

Liza Michaeli (UC Berkeley)

Longing for Form


4:30 PM Joan Copjec (Brown University) : The Gram of Jouissance

(Goldwin Smith Hall G76)

Reception to Follow in the Romance Studies Lounge (K164 - Klarman Hall)


                                    Saturday (09/24) (Physical Science Building - PSB401)

9:30 AM-11:00 AM Psychoanalysis and the Political

Moderator: Kevin Duong

Mandana Naviafar (Duke University)

Tehran and the (M)otherland of Psychoanalysis

Ewa Nizalowska (Cornell University)

“The Spirit of the Thing”: The French and Haitian Revolutions and the Censorship of The Revolutionary Act in C. L. R. James’s Black Jacobins

Miguel Rivera (Tufts University)

Circuits of Jouissance: The Reading and Institutionalization of Black American Literature.


11:00 AM- 12:30 PM Clinic of Objects

Moderator: Tracy McNulty

John Dall’Aglio (Duquesne University)

Whose Object is it? Tracking an Assessment Tool in a Psychoanalytic Treatment

Loren Dent and Matthew Oyer

Secretaries to the Insane: Praecox Gefühl, Psychoanalysis, and Phenomenological Psychiatry

Sam Boyles

The Pre-Oedipal Object in Lacanian Clinic


2 PM – 3:30 PM Questioning the Sexual

Moderator: Marie-Claire Vallois

Kazuyuki Hara (The University of Tokyo)

The Problem of the Object in the Light of the Lacan’s “Dialectic of Desire”

Brooke Clark (Rice University)

Genital Gazing

Jacklyn Corsitto (Duquesne University)

The Status of the Object in Auto-Erotism

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