States of Overwhelm: Consent, Risk, and the Sexual Life and Death Drives 

June 4, 2019 8pm

Avgi Saketopoulou, PhD • Presenter
Stan Coen, MD • Discussant 

Dr. Saketopoulou draws from Laplanche’s theory of the sexual life drive and the sexual death drive to explore what psychic phenomena we might expect from the synergy of these drives, other than trauma or traumatic overstimulation.  Dr. Saketopoulou will discuss what she calls “states of overwhelm.” These states of dysregulation follow the sexual drive’s escalation into the “more-and-more” of experience, towards a blend of pain and pleasure. Even though in our metapsychology we tend to think of them as de facto traumatic, Dr. Saketopoulou discusses these states as a radical unbinding of the ego and as opportunity for transformation. Dr. Coen will discuss this presentation from his extensive clinical experience in working with erotic transference-countertransference challenges.
Dr Saketopoulou is a psychoanalyst and faculty member at the NYU Postdoctoral Program in Psychoanalysis.

Dr Cohen is a training and supervising analyst at the Columbia University Center for Psychoanalytic Training and Research

Unless otherwise specified, all meetings will occur at the Columbia University Faculty House (East Campus), 64 Morningside Drive, north of 116th Street

Sandor Rado Lecture (Title TBA)

May 7, 2019 8pm

Mitchell Wilson, MD • Presenter
TBD • Discussant 

International Psychoanalytic Scholar Lecture: Fanaticism in Social Groups and in the Analytic Field

March 5, 2019 8pm

Roosevelt Cassorla MD, PhD • Presenter

No Human is Illegal: Dislocation and Exclusion of Otherness in Working with Trauma on the Couch and in the World 

February 5, 2019 8pm

Richard Ledes • Documentary
Luca Flabbi, PhD, Gabriella Pediconi, PhD, Glauco Genga, MD • Discussants 

An international group of analysts, scholars and a film director discuss the phenomena of hate and the surge of nationalism in today’s world. The documentary No Human Is Illegal is used to stimulate participants’ engagement. This documentary captures the drama of the refugee as he or she arrives ‘spit out’ by the sea on the coast of the Greek island of Lesvos. This panel aims to intertwine the social and the clinical, starting with the global rise of nationalism and continuing with the transgenerational transmission of disassociated hate as it manifests as trauma in our clinical work with patients.

Growing Up in an X-Box: the Child in a Detached World

January 15, 2019 8pm

Christine Anzieu-Premmereur, MD  presenter
Lissa Weinstein, PhD  discussant 

From her vast experience working with children and parents, Dr. Anzieu-Premmereur examines the impact of technology on contemporary children’s capacity for symbolization and relatedness.

Dr Anzieu Premmereur is the director of the Parent-Infant Program of the Columbia University Center for Psychoanalytic Training and Research.

Dr. Weinstein is a psychologist and psychoanalyst and full Professor of Psychology at City College of New York. Her research focuses on the measurement of changes in linguistic structures such as pronoun use, repetition, and metaphor as indicators of modifications in psychological structure during therapy with young children.

Digital Desire and the Online Imposter: Catfishing

December 4, 2018 8pm

Danielle Knafo, PhD • Presenter

David Lichtenstein, PhD • Discussant

Desire and perversion have evolved in our era of the internet, robots, mechanical thinking, and social isolation. Danielle Knafo, author of The Age of Perversion: Desire and Technology in Psychoanalysis and Culture (2017), writes: “Freud considered the unconscious a site of repressed wishes and desires whose influence extends to the farthest reach of conscious life. Today, such desires find new expression on the internet, which allows anonymity and accessibility. Replacing ‘real world’ skins with digital ones, users create virtual personas to promote their secret passions. The virtual space of consciousness is well matched to the virtual space of the web, though sexual and social enactments within the latter can have dangerous real world consequences. Examining the darker side of the marriage between desire and communication technology, focused through the phenomenon of ‘catfishing,’ this presentation raises questions about the nature of the human self, love, transference, and the role they play in deception. Understanding how patients use the internet provides access to their unconscious desires.”

Danielle Knafo, PhD

is a clinical psychologist and psychoanalyst. She is a professor in the Clinical Psychology Doctoral Program at LIU-Post. She is also faculty and supervisor at NYU’s Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis. Dr. Knafo has written and lectured extensively on a variety of topics, including unconscious fantasies, creativity, gender, sexuality, and perversion, psychosis, and technology. Her most recent books are Dancing with the Unconscious: The Art of Psychoanalysis and the Psychoanalysis of Art, The Age of Perversion: Desire and Technology in Psychoanalysis and Culture, and Sex, Drugs, and Creativity: Searching for Magic in a Disenchanted World. Dr. Knafo maintains a private practice in Manhattan and Great Neck, NY.

David Lichtenstein, PhD

is a psychoanalyst in private practice in New York City and a member of the faculty at CUNY Graduate Center, the New School University, a co-founder, faculty member. He is the editor of Division/Review: A Quarterly Psychoanalytic Forum, author of numerous articles and book chapters and the co-editor of The “Lacan Tradition”, published by Karnac.

On the Enigma of Pain

November 6, 2018 8pm

Panos Aloupis, MD • Presenter
Andrew Gerber, MD  • Discussant 

Over the last fifty years, prominent French analysts have been developing a new theory and clinical technique to facilitate the treatment of patients with somatization. Drawn from Freud’s second topography (tripartite model), this clinical work derives from the theory that somatization primarily results from the patient’s difficulties in their capacity for representation. Dr Aloupis will be discussing via clinical material, the enigma of pain from the perspective of the interplay between psychic and physical pain. Dr Gerber will discuss this presentation from a neuropsychoanalytic, attachment theory based perspective.

Dr. Aloupis is a psychoanalyst (SPP-Paris Psychoanalytic Society) and a senior member of the Psychosomatic School of Paris.

Dr. Gerber, director of the Austen Riggs Center, has published and received grants in the areas of attachment and functional neuroimaging of dynamic processes.

Note: this lecture will be held at the New York Academy of Medicine, 2 East 103rd Street at Fifth Avenue (NOT the Faculty House of Columbia University.)

Love Speech, Hate Speech, Free Speech and Neutrality: In and Out of the Consulting Room

October 2nd, 2018  8:00 pm

Donald Moss, MD • presenter
Stathis Gourgouris, PhD • discussant

Dr. Moss explores, theoretically as well as clinically, the distinction between ‘love speech’ and ‘hate speech:’ love speech aiming to unite with what it otherwise cannot have, hate speech aiming to destroy what it otherwise cannot stand. Each wants to obliterate the separateness of its object, love speech by uniting with it; hate speech by eliminating it.  Moss asks, when faced with these pressures within and without, what does it mean for the clinician to be neutral? Dr Gourgouris will discuss this presentation from his background in psychoanalysis, politics and literature.

Unaffiliated with any institute, Donald Moss is a founding member of Green Gang, a collective of scientists and analysts working on the relations between the human and non-human environments. n his works, Moss focuses on the elemental problem sites of masculinity–mind/body, inside/outside, heterosexual/homosexual, love/hate, singular/plural.  He edited the book Hating in the First Person Plural (Other Press, 2003), has authored Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Man (Routledge, 2012) and written more than fifty articles linking basic Freudian concepts to contemporary social and clinical problems.  In his most recent book, At War with the Obvious, Moss argues that in order for psychoanalysis to retain its original vitality, it must continuously work against becoming “common sensical.”

Stathis Gourgouris is Professor of Classics, English, and Comparative Literature and Director of the Institute for Comparative Literature and Society at Columbia University. He is the author of Dream Nation: Enlightenment, Colonization and the Institution of Modern Greece and Does Literature Think? Literature as Theory for an Antimythical Era and editor of Freud and Fundamentalism (Fordham).