Ray O’Neill on Dali, Lacan, Freud, Narcissism & the Double

Irish Lacanian psychoanalyst Ray O’Neill discusses the life and work of Salvador Dali from a psychoanalytic viewpoint, addressing narcissism, the theory of the double & posing the question what’s really in a name? This talk was first presented at the Psychoanalysis, Art & the Occult conference in London, and is titled “Double Double, Toil and Trouble, Psychoanalysis Burn and Surrealism Bubble”. For more from Dr. O’Neill visit: www.machna.ie   www.renderingunconscious.org

A Panel for the Launch of George Makari’s “Soul Machine: The Invention of the Modern Mind”

The New School Ferenczi Center hosts George Makari in conversation with Das Unbehagen on the topic of his new book Soul Machine: The Invention of the Modern Mind Following a brief introduction, Dr. Makari will engage Das Unbehagen interlocutors: Drs. Victoria Malkin, Orna Ophir, and Will Braun in a lively conversation moderated by Jeremy Safran and Jill Gentile *Come early to join us for wine and Cheese at 7:30. More informaiton and RSVP Makari Event

What is (Das) Unbehagen?!

(Das) Unbehagen is a collective for those who love psychoanalysis including clinicians, academics, artists and intellectuals. It is an association formed for the investigation of psychoanalysis free from the constraints of theoretical allegiance, institutes and other authorizing bodies, including local and national organizations.

NEAL GOLDBERG: What is Unsaid – Psychoanalysis and the Contemporary Theater

What can we learn from the relationship between speech and desire in the modern or contemporary theater? This is a question that analysts rarely ask, yet is of great importance to our work. For Lacan, the idea that psychoanalysis has something to learn from the theater – rather than the other way around – was, of course, critical to his view of speech and desire. Iconic characters like Hamlet or Antigone, in particular, were central to this effort, and contributed to what Lacan called our “precise” goal – to “give meaning to the function of desire in analysis and analytic interpretation”. Yet when Lacan turned his attention to modern or post-modern playwrights and plays, his success in building upon and extending his use of the ancients and their analytic functions seemed far less us...Read More


Gerard Pommier is Psychoanalyst, Psychiatrist, Professor in University Paris VII, Editor of La Clinique Lacanienne, co-foundator of European Foundation for Psychoanalysis, and member of Espace Analytique. Last book published : Le nom propre (Editions Flammarion,2013)


Professor Elissa Marder (Emory University) – Dream and the Guillotine: Femininity, Photography and Other Scenes of Fixation What is the relation between the singular unreality of the world of a dream and the guillotine, that exemplary enlightenment machine that transformed the legal administration of capital punishment into a public spectacle of the moment of death? I read these two seemingly opposed and unconnected figures through each other in order to explore how Freud’s descriptions of the formal qualities of the dream-work enter into—and complicate—our understanding of how events and actions become visible and readable in the so-called real world. The dream and the guillotine communicate with one another because they both stage scenes of a very particular kind. The question of female ...Read More


Adele Tutter, M.D., Ph.D. was educated at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the University of Pennsylvania. A practicing psychoanalyst, author, and art critic, her interdisciplinary scholarship focuses on the relationships between loss and creativity and between art and the artist in such subjects as Raymond Carver, Leos Janacek, Philip Johnson, Ovid, Beatrix Potter, Nicholas Poussin, Josef Sudek, and Francesca Woodman. She is the recipient of the American Psychoanalytic Association Karl Menninger and CORST prizes, among others. She is author of “Dream House: An Intimate Portrait of the Philip Johnson Glass House” (forthcoming, University of Virginia Press, April 2016; https://www.facebook.com/dreamhouseglasshouse); editor of “The Muse: Psychoanalytic Explorat...Read More


BRIEF SYNOPSIS Cleft Tongue is an attempt to analyse psychic language and its diverse modes of expression, both within psychic structure and in the interpersonal realm. It begins by looking at two basic forms of delay in the development of psychic language: concrete language, which is based on flattening, and pseudo-language, which is rooted in concealment. The next chapter focuses on the split between voice and meaning which marks psychotic syntax, and the latter’s double function in defending the self against an unconscious death wish. The subject of the third chapter is the chameleon language of perversion, and the relationship between the perverse structure and the primal scene. This chapter is followed by one that suggests understanding autistic syntax as an inverse use of the psychic...Read More


Anke Hennig teaches at the Peter Szondi Institute of Comparative Literature at the Freie Universität Berlin and is a Research Fellow in the Collaborative Research Centre 626 ‘Aesthetic Experience and the Dissolution of Artistic Limits’. Her recent publications have addressed cinematic fiction, the present-tense novel, and speculative poetics. She is the author of Sowjetische Kinodramaturgie (Soviet Cinematic Dramaturgy, 2010) and, in cooperation with Armen Avanessian, co-author of Präsens. Poetik eines Tempus (Present Tense. A Poetics, 2012) and Metanoia. Spekulative Ontologie der Sprache (Metanoia. Speculative Ontology of Language, 2014). Paper Abstract: In my talk I would like to address a possible connection between Speculative Philosophy and Lacanian Psychoanalysis as concerns their co...Read More

Ann-Louise Silver: Psychoanalysis and Psychosis

Ann-Louise S. Silver, MD is a graduate of Johns Hopkins University (B.A., M.D. and the State of Maryland-Johns Hopkins psychiatric residency program), and the adult program of the Washington Psychoanalytic Institute. She completed the family therapy training program of the Washington School of Psychiatry. She is a Clinical Adjunct Professor of Psychiatry at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, and teaches at the Military Residency Training Program at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center, the Washington Psychoanalytic Institute, and the Washington School of Psychiatry. She is a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association. She heads the Columbia Academy of Psychodynamics, and is in private practice in psychoanalysis and psychotherapy. She is the past and ...Read More


Dr. Kravis is a Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Weill Cornell Medical College, and Training and Supervising Analyst at the Columbia University Center for Psychoanalytic Training and Research. Has lectured and taught widely; author of more than a dozen publications, mostly on topics in the history of psychoanalysis and psychiatry; recipient of two awards for teaching (Payne Whitney Clinic, 2001; Klar Award, Columbia Psychoanalytic Center, 2005), and one for writing (Beller Award, Columbia Psychoanalytic Center, 1992). Private practice in Manhattan since 1987.


Marc Strauss M.D. is a psychiatrist and psychoanalyst in private practice in Paris. He has worked for many years in a hospital for psychotic children, and as a consultant in Hospital Sainte Anne. He is a founding member of the International Psychoanalytical School of Forums of Lacanian Field and a teacher in Collège clinique de Paris. He has written many papers in psychiatric and psychoanalytical journals. Lecture Topic: If we want to speak of female obsessional neurosis we first have to know what obsessional neurosis is as such. This is not an easy question, because even the most characteristic symptom, such as the ritual or OCD, as it is called nowadays, belongs to the most different personalities. Indeed, what does someone who cries all day in thought of her dead father have in common w...Read More

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