Thursday, March 25th, 2021

8:00PM – 9:30PM

Jill Gentile, Ph.D – Presenter

Paul Sireci, LCSW – Discussant

Marc Sholes, LCSW – Moderator

Join us for a conversation between IPSS candidate, Paul Sireci, LCSW and Jill Gentile, Ph.D, IPSS faculty and author of the recent essay, published in JAPA, “Time may change us: The strange temporalities, novel paradoxes, and democratic imaginaries of a pandemic,” about the themes of her essay.

We will consider the idea of the coronavirus and global uprisings as functioning to interpellate the world into a social psychoanalysis, issuing both conditioning and resiliency, and utterly dismantling effects. We will grapple with what it means to bear witness and live at the threshold of drive, and a fierce contestation between forces for destruction and those for life and its vitality. We will question our alliance with death-bound repetition compulsions, even as we also long for release, for new dis-orderings, emancipation, even ecstasy. Can signage of the ‘weird’ and ‘strange’ inspire us, call us to a confrontation with our repressed ancestral legacies, while also guiding us towards transformation and genuine encounters, finally, with a long repudiated and exiled Otherness? And if psychoanalysis is to refuse to tarry with mere repetition and its self-same whiteness, privilege, and familiar hierarchies, and orthodoxies, mustn’t it, too, evolve, and reckon with how we might impel radical subjective and political change—perhaps a Radical Democratic Imaginary—into its theory and praxis?


Virtual, via Zoom

(Meeting link will be e-mailed to registered participants on the day of the event)


Jill Gentile, Ph.D is faculty member at the NYU Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis and faculty & supervising analyst at the Institute for the Psychoanalytic Study of Subjectivity. She sits on several editorial boards including Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association (JAPA), Studies in Gender and Sexuality; Contemporary Psychoanalysis, and Psychoanalysis, Self, and Context. She was awarded the 2017 Gradiva Award for her essay, “What is special about speech?”  Her book Feminine Law: Freud, Free Speech, and the Voice of Desire, with Michael Macrone (Karnac, 2016) explores psychoanalysis’s relationship to democracy through the lenses of free association, freedom of speech, and the feminine.
Jill’s public essays have been featured in the Huffington Post, the New School’s Public Seminar, and the Los Angeles Review of Books’ Philosophical Salon, and she has also served as a consultant to the Emmy nominated film The Tale (HBO, 2018). She maintains a clinical practice in New York, where she sees individuals and couples and leads private study groups.
Paul Sireci, LCSW is a therapist in private practice in New York City. He is a graduate of Smith College School for Social Work and is a 4th-year candidate at the Institute for the Psychoanalytic Study of Subjectivity.

1.5 Continuing Education Credits for Social Workers & LMHC’s