Presenters: Bob Michels and Jonathan House discussion with Joel Whitebook Description: Drs Michels and House will take the chapter “Making Sense of the Death Instinct” of Joel Whitebook’s recent book Freud: An intellectual Biography as a point of reference in order to discuss their current views on the death instinct and its relevance to clinical practice.
Description: Dr. Gilmore argues that both adulthood and identity merit psychoanalytic legitimacy and theoretical elaboration as complex aspects of self-representation with deep personal meaning. Moreover, the broader idea of emerging adulthood begs to be studied, not only as a possible new phase of development but as a rich example of the dynamic interface of mental life, culture and developmental progression.
Presenter: Ben Fong, PhD Discussant: Kevin Kelly, MD
Dr. Fong examines the connections between drive gratification and the contemporary technological lure. From a Lacanian-Lowaldian-Marcusian perspective, he explores the attraction we all have towards technological manipulations of our lives.
Benjamin Y. Fong is a member of the Society of Fellows in the Liberal Arts at the University of Chicago. His first book, Death and Mastery: Psychoanalytic Drive Theory and the Subject of Late Capitalism, which seeks to strengthen the psychoanalytic dimension of first generation critical theory in the hopes of rejuvenating its conception of subjection in late capitalism, was published by Columbia University Press.