Julie Reshe is a leading researcher in psychoanalysis and professor of philosophy at the Global Center for Advanced Studies where she directs the Institute of Psychoanalysis. She completed her PhD under the supervision of Alenka Zupančič at the Research Centre of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts. She works at the intersection of philosophy, psychoanalysys and neuroscience, her research topics include sexuality, emotions and cognition, childhood, and trauma studies.

Child, Trauma, Love

This course fulfills a requirement for the Philosophy & Psychoanalysis Certificate.

Credits: 5

Format: Blended-Learning (Self-Paced)
Prerequisites: None

Requirements: The researcher/participant in this seminar must complete the course either via: (a) a written examination; or (b) a 2,000 word research paper due no latter than January 15, 2020.

Language: English

 
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Title of the Seminar: Child. Trauma. Love.

Description: [Self-Paced Course]

In this class we will develop a rather pessimistic understanding of life and love as a flow of destruction, chaos and beauty. We will consider psychoanalytic conception of childhood as intrinsically connected with traumatization and will further broaden Malabou’s account of destructive plasticity.   We will also make an attempt to depatolize stress and depression, perceiving both as fundamentally important life experiences. Furthermore, we will substitute sexuality (seen in traditional psychoanalysis as a core of human being) with more scientifically sound concept of sociality and will present it as driven by a traumatic experience.

The course will focus on six key concepts:

  1. trauma

  2. childhood

  3. love

  4. stress,

  5. destructive plasticity

  6. sexuality

  7. sociality

Prerequisites:

Although this is a graduate course, advanced undergraduate students are also welcome. Some basic knowledge in psychoanalysis is desirable but not required.


Books and Materials

PDFs of assigned materials will be provided.

Lyotard, “Emma: between philosophy and psychoanalysis”.

Avital Ronell, “The Shock of Puberty”.

Freud, Sigmund. Inhibitions, symptoms and anxiety (I, II, III, VIII, IX, X).

Rank, Otto. The Trauma of Birth (Preface, “The Analytic Situation”, “Infantile Anxiety”).

Malabou, Catherine, Ontology of the accident: an essay on destructive plasticity.

Malabou, Catherine,  The New Wounded: From Neurosis to Brain Damage.

Žižek, Slavoj,"Descartes and the Post-Traumatic Subject".

Liberman, Social: Why our brains are wired to connect.

Horwitz , Allan and Jerome C. Wakefield,  The Loss of Sadness How Psychiatry Transformed Normal Sorrow Into Depressive Disorder.

Morris N. Eagle Attachment and Psychoanalysis.

 

3 Lectures

Lecture 1: “What Is Love Made Of?”

Resources:

i. Lyotard, “Emma: between philosophy and psychoanalysis”.

ii. Avital Ronell, “The Shock of Puberty”

iii. Freud, Sigmund. Inhibitions, symptoms and anxiety (I, II, III, VIII, IX, X).

iv. Rank, Otto. The Trauma of Birth (Preface, “The Analytic Situation”, “Infantile Anxiety”).

v. Malabou, Catherine, Ontology of the accident: an essay on destructive plasticity.

vi. Malabou, Catherine,  The New Wounded: From Neurosis to Brain Damage.

vii. Žižek, Slavoj,"Descartes and the Post-Traumatic Subject".

viii. Liberman, Social: Why our brains are wired to connect.

ix. Horwitz , Allan and Jerome C. Wakefield,  The Loss of Sadness How Psychiatry Transformed Normal Sorrow Into Depressive Disorder.

x. Morris N. Eagle Attachment and Psychoanalysis.

Lecture 2: “Child Trauma Love”

Lecture 3: “Pathologization of Sadness and Depression”

Requirements

To pass this course the student must either complete a 2,000 word research paper or successfully pass an examination.

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