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)