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CMOK to YOu To: A Correspondence

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ISBN: 9780615988047 Year: Pages: 516 DOI: 10.21983/P3.0150.1.00 Language: English
Publisher: punctum books
Subject: History
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CMOK to YOu To presents the 2015 email correspondence of the Serbian-born poet, art critic and playwright Nina Živančević and Canadian cultural theorist Marc James Léger. In December of 2014 Léger invited Živančević to contribute a text to the second volume of the book he was editing, The Idea of the Avant Garde – And What It Means Today. Taken with each other’s idiosyncrasies, their correspondence gradually shifted from amiable professional exchanges and the eventual failure to organize a scholarly event to that of collaborating on some kind of writing project. Several titles were attempted for the eventual book – Marshmallow Muse: The Exact and Irreverent Letters of MJL and NZ, The Orange Jelly Bean, or, I Already Am Eating from the Trash Can All the Time: The Name of This Trash Can Is Ideology, The Secreted Correspondence of Mme Chatelet and Voltaire, and I’m Taken: The E-Pistolary Poetry of Kit le Minx and Cad – but none of these proved to be more telling than CMOK, the Serbian word for kiss, which sums up the authors’ quest for “harmony” in an altogether imperfect world and literary medium. In this book, names of real people were changed in order to protect those who might otherwise be offended by the unguarded and absurdist commentary of its authors. Despite this fact, it is the fragility and elasticity of the writers’ superegos that is tested as they vacillate from personal registers to intellectual strata. At once a cis-avant-gardist’s exploration of anti-art and a poet’s claim to some weak form of autonomy, CMOK delights in both the pleasures of casual email and the sublime realizations of Jacques Lacan’s theory of sexuation. CMOK is a hybrid genre and a quest into the real of virtuality that defies the literary standards. Its authors, who never met, answer one another’s basic needs and questions, separated as they are by time zones and the ocean, but not culturally or spiritually.

Architecture and Fire

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ISBN: 9781787353701 Year: Pages: 208 DOI: 10.14324/111.9781787353701 Language: English
Publisher: UCL Press
Subject: Construction --- Architecture
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Architecture and Fire develops a conceptual reassessment of architectural conservation through the study of the intimate relationship between architecture and fire. Stamatis Zografos expands on the general agreement among many theorists that the primitive hut was erected around fire – locating fire as the first memory of architecture, at the very beginning of architectural evolution. Following the introduction, Zografos analyses the archive and the renewed interest in the study of archives through the psychoanalysis of Jacques Derrida. He moves on to explore the ambivalent nature of fire, employing the conflicting philosophies of Gaston Bachelard and Henri Bergson to do so, before discussing architectural conservation and the relationship between listed buildings, the function of archives, and the preservation of memories from the past. The following chapter investigates how architecture evolves by absorbing and accommodating fire, while the penultimate chapter examines the critical moment of architectural evolution: the destruction of buildings by fire, with a focus on the tragic disaster at London’s Grenfell Tower in 2017. Zografos concludes with thoughts on Freud’s drive theory. He argues the practice of architectural conservation is an expression of the life drive and a simultaneous repression of the death drive, which suggests controlled destruction should be an integral part of the conservation agenda.

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architecture --- fire --- psychoanalysis --- Freud

Kierkegaard as Psychologist

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ISBN: 9780810131316 9780810131811 9780810131323 Year: Language: English
Publisher: Northwestern University Press Grant: Knowledge Unlatched - 102827
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Kierkegaard’s psychological thought has always been acknowledged as very rich—Reinhold Niebuhr hailed him as the greatest psychologist of the soul since Augustine—and has had a major influence on Heidegger, Sartre, and existential psychoanalysis. Nevertheless, his accomplishment has not always been fully appreciated, in part because it is so scattered across his works. As Vincent McCarthy demonstrates in Kierkegaard as Psychologist, Kierkegaard was pursuing “psychology” before there was a formally recognized academic field bearing that name, and a coherent thread runs through the so-called pseudonymous works. McCarthy elucidates often-difficult texts, highlights the rich psychological dimension of Kierkegaard’s thought, and provides an introduction for the nonspecialist and a commentary on Kierkegaard’s psychology that will interest both specialists and nonspecialists, while engaging in rich comparisons with such figures as Freud and Heidegger.

Declinazioni del desiderio dello psicoanalista : L’esperienza di Serge Cottet

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ISBN: 9788878858336 DOI: 10.4000/books.res.5502 Language: Italian
Publisher: Rosenberg & Sellier
Subject: Science (General)
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Serge Cottet, che i lettori italiani già conoscono per il suo libro Freud e il desiderio dello psicoanalista (Borla, Roma, 2011) è stato un importante psicoanalista lacaniano, membro dell’École de la Cause freudienne dal momento della sua fondazione, dell’Associazione Mondiale di Psicoanalisi e docente presso il Dipartimento di Psicoanalisi dell’Università di Parigi VIII. Per molti anni ha portato avanti, con alcuni colleghi fra i quali Francesca Biagi-Chai, la pratica della “presentazione dei malati” in ospedale e ha contribuito alla formazione dispensata nel Centro Psicoanalitico di Consultazioni e di Trattamento di Parigi. Al di là di queste funzioni e dei relativi titoli, che indossava con assoluta leggerezza, Serge Cottet è stato un punto di riferimento importante per molti giovani che si sono formati alla psicoanalisi lacaniana, dagli anni ’80 al 2017, e che sono giunti a Parigi dall’America Latina, dall’Europa e da altri paesi del mondo.Con il suo impegno e con i suoi articoli, Serge Cottet mostra in atto che la psicoanalisi lacaniana, il suo discorso, la sua vitalità stessa dipendono dalla responsabilità e dal desiderio dell’analista, di ogni analista, uno per uno. Di fronte al disagio contemporaneo, all’impero del capitalismo e della tecnocrazia scientifica, il suo rigore e il suo desiderio nella trasmissione della psicoanalisi lacaniana permettono l’apertura di uno spazio – vitale – di ascolto e di crescita. Lacan cita l’esperienza dialettica in gioco nel Wilhelm Meister, in cui si riscontra una versione del linguaggio al contempo mortificante e vivificante. Questa dialettica “aggancia ciascuno di noi ad un lembo di discorso più vivo della sua stessa vita, se è vero, come dice Goethe, che quando ‘ciò che è senza vita è vivente, può anche produrre la vita’ ”. Aggiunge poi: “di questo lembo di discorso ciascuno di noi […] è condannato […] a farsene alfabeto vivente”. (“Gli anni di apprendimento della psicoanalisi”)

Adoviolenza : La psicoanalisi e la violenza degli adolescenti

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ISBN: 9788878858596 DOI: 10.4000/books.res.6372 Language: Italian
Publisher: Rosenberg & Sellier
Subject: Social Sciences
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La violenza fra i giovani, quella violenza efferata che colpisce se stessi o gli altri, si presenta per gli adulti come perturbante: muta, senza ragione, senza senso, pura spinta distruttiva. Le risposte che vediamo dispiegarsi a livello sociale in generale testimoniano i loro effetti di impotenza: né la comprensione, né l’autorità, paiono infatti poter arginare questo tipo di fenomeni. E per i giovani che vi sono coinvolti, raramente si apre un’interrogazione: la violenza agita non fa sintomo, se intendiamo il sintomo nel senso psicoanalitico, come soluzione di compromesso, risultante di una sostituzione del soddisfacimento pulsionale; la violenza agita non produce interrogazione. Questo volume nasce da questa prospettiva: lasciarsi interrogare dal fenomeno della violenza nelle giovani generazioni per cogliere, da un lato cosa nel nostro legame sociale produce violenza, dall’altro se e come l’esperienza psicoanalitica possa proporre una via per tessere un legame laddove il legame sembra presentarsi come impossibile.

MythomaniaS: Crime Scenes & Psycho Case Studies

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ISBN: 9780692523551 Year: Pages: 118 DOI: 10.21983/P3.0113.1.00 Language: English
Publisher: punctum books
Subject: Arts in general
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mythomaniaS is a catalog of case studies in the form of film stills, architectural fragments, stage props, texts, and images culled from the experiments of MindMachineMakingMyths (Lab M4, part of the New Territories architecture studio, Bankgok, Thailand), a collaboration begun in 2012 between Camille Lacadee and François Roche to construct environmental-architectural psycho-scapes (in the partly fabricated wilds of various countries) as laboratory-shelters for exploring and deconstructing the supposed rifts between realism and speculative fiction (myth), psyche and environment, body and mind. Bringing together architecture, Deleuze and Guatarri’s schizoanalysis and deterritorialization, and Alfred Jarry’s pataphysics (the “science of imaginary solutions which symbolically attributes the properties of objects, described by their virtuality, to their lineaments”), Lacadee and Roche (and their tribe, Ezio Blasetti, Stephan Henrich, Danielle Willems, Gwyll Jahn, and many others) enacted and filmed mise-en-abymes in which certain scripted para-psychic narratives and architectural structures merge in the pursuit of reclaiming resilience — described by Roche as a tactic for merging refusal and vitality into a schizophrenic logic able to navigate the antagonism between the bottom-up and top-down conditions of the globalized world. In these fabricated schizoid psycho-nature-machine-scapes, the human being is no longer a bio-ecological consumer but a psycho-computing animal that emerges co-dependently with its environment in a hyper-local haecceity (“this-ness”).

Desire/Love

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ISBN: 9780615686875 Year: Pages: 142 DOI: 10.21983/P3.0015.1.00 Language: English
Publisher: punctum books
Subject: Gender Studies
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“There is nothing more alienating than having your pleasures disputed by someone with a theory,” writes Lauren Berlant. Yet the ways in which we live sexuality and intimacy have been profoundly shaped by theories — especially psychoanalytic ones, which have helped to place sexuality and desire at the center of the modern story about what a person is and how her history should be read. At the same time, other modes of explanation have been offered by popular and mass culture. In these domains, sexual desire is not deemed the core story of life; it is mixed up with romance, a particular version of the story of love. In this small theoretical novella-cum-dictionary entry, Lauren Berlant engages love and desire in separate entries. In the first entry, Desire mainly describes the feeling one person has for something else: it is organized by psychoanalytic accounts of attachment, and tells briefly the history of their importance in critical theory and practice. The second entry, on Love, begins with an excursion into fantasy, moving away from the parent-child structure so central to psychoanalysis and looking instead at the centrality of context, environment, and history. The entry on Love describes some workings of romance across personal life and commodity culture, the place where subjects start to think about fantasy on behalf of their actual lives.

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love --- sexuality --- psychoanalysis --- fantasy --- desire

Parole minori : La psicoanalisi e le nuove generazioni

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ISBN: 9788878856172 DOI: 10.4000/books.res.3923 Language: Italian
Publisher: Rosenberg & Sellier
Subject: Medicine (General)
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Sempre più spesso ci imbattiamo in giovani che manifestano nuove forme di disagio. Le classificazioni diagnostiche non mancano, anzi si aggiornano rapidamente e si moltiplicano in modo esponenziale sotto la categoria del “Disturbo di o della…”, che implicitamente rinvia alla necessità di trovare modi e mezzi per tacitarlo se non, addirittura, estirparlo. Genitori e Servizi sono spesso impotenti di fronte alle nuove forme del disagio contemporaneo, dove gli ideali che un tempo riuscivano in qualche modo a offrire delle soluzioni collettive o a temperarne l’angoscia hanno perso valore. Così il disagio si manifesta sempre più nella sua urgenza e l’unica soluzione possibile è la richiesta di interventi volti a “normalizzare” il comportamento del minore, interventi che spesso finiscono per acuire il disagio stesso e le modalità in cui ciascuno lo esprime. L’esperienza delle istituzioni che si rifanno alla psicoanalisi di Jacques Lacan rovesciano, invece, la prospettiva comune. Il disagio prima di tutto è una forma di appello, non un disturbo, e il comportamento che lo rivela è la parola, sebbene ridotta al torsolo, spesso mal formulata o espressa tramite agiti. Occorre ascoltarla nella sua declinazione singolare per farsi partner di ciascuno in modo unico, ritessendo relazioni di fiducia e sostenendo le invenzioni singolari che ognuno riesce a mettere in campo per trasformare il disagio in qualcosa d’altro. Quanto testimoniato in questo volume parte dalle esperienze di accoglienza di minori in diverse istituzioni, per introdurre una riflessione sul soggetto contemporaneo e abbozzare un discorso politico critico sulla spinta all’omologazione sempre più presente e offerta come l’unica possibile in una società che continua, invece, a dichiararsi democratica e globalizzata.

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psychoanalysis --- young people --- unease --- Lacan

Im Dienste des Ich

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ISBN: 9783205788966 Year: Pages: 218 DOI: 10.26530/oapen_453614 Language: German
Publisher: Böhlau Grant: Austrian Science Fund - D 4346
Subject: Psychology --- History
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This publication, which includes contributions from German, French and American academics, pays tribute to the multi faceted researcher Ernst Kris (1900 Vienna -1957 New York) from the perspective of different disciplines. In fact one needs three job descriptions to chart his output: art historian, psychoanalyst and communication scientist. At 22, Kris had concluded his art history studies at Vienna University with a doctoral thesis on the technique of casting from life in the late Renaissance, and had worked as a curator at the Kunsthistorisches Museum. By the middle of the 1920s he had already met Sigmund Freud and started an analysis – which made him slowly turn away from classical art history. In this period he developed his most interesting and fruitful texts, which founded his reputation as an art psychologist: his studies on the early classicist sculptor Franz Xaver Messerschmidt (1932/33), the text “On the psychology of caricature” (1934) and the small book he co-authored with Otto Kurz: “The Legend of the Artist” (1934). In 1938, immediately after the “Anschluss”, Kris followed Freud into exile in London, and in 1940 he moved with his family to New York. Here he initially devoted himself primarily to questions of communication science, setting up working groups to analyse the propaganda of the Axis alliance with astonishing speed. Later he taught at the New York Psychoanalytic Society and Institute, concentrating on child psychology. He set up research units at the Yale Child Study Center and from 1945 he edited the newly founded journal “The Psychoanalytic Study of the Child”. He died in New York, highly respected as an important advocate of Ego-Psychology. Thus Kris developed, partly through choice and partly by force of circumstance, a multi-disciplinary approach which is more in demand than ever today: due to the broadening of art history into a science of images, the questions that a psychologically aware communication science is confronted with today, and the recent understanding of psychoanalysis as a form of cultural investigation. Bearing this view of Kris in mind, the contributions to this publication review his writing in a newly critical way, place it in its historical context and highlight what it predicts. The publication opens up Kris’ work, which is still, unjustly, only known through some key terms in the disciplines he covers.

Psychoanalytical neuroscience: Exploring psychoanalytic concepts with neuroscientific methods

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Book Series: Frontiers Research Topics ISSN: 16648714 ISBN: 9782889193776 Year: Pages: 178 DOI: 10.3389/978-2-88919-377-6 Language: English
Publisher: Frontiers Media SA
Subject: Psychology --- Neurology --- Science (General)
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Sigmund Freud was a trained neuroanatomist and wrote his first psychoanalytical theory in neuroscientific terms. Throughout his life, he maintained the belief that at some distant day in the future, all psychoanalytic processes could be tied to a neural basis: “We must recollect that all of our provisional ideas in psychology will presumably one day be based on an organic substructure” (Freud 1914, On Narcissism: An Introduction). Fundamental Freudian concepts reveal their foundation in the physiological science of his time, most importantly among them the concept of libidinous energy and the homeostatic “principle of constancy”. However, the subsequent history of psychoanalysis and neuroscience was mainly characterized by mutual ignorance or even opposition; many scientists accused psychoanalytic viewpoints not to be scientifically testable, and many psychoanalysts claimed that their theories did not need empirical support outside of the therapeutic situation. On this historical background, it may appear surprising that the recent years have seen an increasing interest in re-connecting psychoanalysis and neuroscience in various ways: By studying psychodynamic consequences of brain lesions in neurological patients, by investigating how psychoanalytic therapy affects brain structure and function, or even by operationalizing psychoanalytic concepts in well-controlled experiments and exploring their neural correlates. These empirical studies are accompanied by theoretical work on the philosophical status of the “neuropsychoanalytic” endeavour. In this volume, we attempt to provide a state-of-the-art overview of this new exciting field. All types of submissions are welcome, including research in patient populations, healthy human participants and animals, review articles on some empirical or theoretical aspect, and of course also critical accounts of the new field. Despite this welcome variability, we would like to suggest that all contributions attempt to address one (or both) of two main questions, which should motivate the connection between psychoanalysis and neuroscience and that in our opinion still remain exigent: First, from the neuroscientific side, why should researchers in the neurosciences address psychoanalytic ideas, and what is (or will be) the impact of this connection on current neuroscientific theories? Second, from the psychoanalytic side, why should psychoanalysts care about neuroscientific studies, and (how) can current psychoanalytical theory and practice benefit from their results? Of course, contributors are free to provide a critical viewpoint on these two questions as well.

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