Oct
3
7:30 PM19:30

Sexology and Psychoanalysis

Freud’s transition from Metapsychology to Psychoanalysis was profoundly marked by the focus on sex. The physician and sexologist Wilhelm Reich went to study with Freud and became the youngest practicing analyst of his times. Reich’s unique and neglected contribution to Freud was his return to the body and continued elaboration of sex at the foundation of medicine, psychoanalysis, and healing which Lacan would also return to in his own style, and which would profoundly influence the development of Guattari's Schizoanalysis and "Anti-Oedipus." In this year’s Analytica Clinical Seminar we will focus on Reich’s work and its relation to Freud, Lacan, and psychoanalysis. 

Readings:

Reich - The Impulsive Character
Reich - The Function of the Orgasm

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Oct
8
7:30 PM19:30

Folie a Deux: Freud, Jung, and the Practice of Analysis

From Freud’s written analysis with the “non-analyst” Fliess to Jung’s didactic analysis with Freud, we will re-examine the radical origins of analytic method including those of Ferenczi and Lacan. This will be highlighted by an investigation of Sabinal Spielrein’s controversial relationship with Jung, and culminate in new findings and methods developed in the practice of analysis.

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Nov
7
7:30 PM19:30

Character Analysis

Published when Reich was only in his thirties, Character Analysis was hailed by Freud and the analytic community as a masterpiece innovating structure, diagnosis, and method. In the wake of Reich’s radical future research this important work has been lost. We will examine its current significance to analysis and psychiatry. We will examine the extensive case study on psychosis which Reich added to the revised version of the book based on his later work and how this influenced Deleuze & Guattari’s clinical innovations in Schizoanalysis. 

Reich - Character Analysis

Deleuze & Guattari - Anti-Oedipus

Guattari - Schizoanalytic Cartographies

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Dec
5
7:30 PM19:30

Psychoanalytic Neuropsychiaty

Reich was one of the few psychoanalysts in history to fulfill Freud’s desire to “return to the body.” At the current time there are movements to follow this return but with virtual ignorance of Reich’s groundbreaking work developing an integrative somatic neuropsychiatry superior to current approaches. 

Reich - Discovery of the Orgone 1: Function of the Orgasm

Freud - Project for a Scientific Psychology

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Dec
10
7:30 PM19:30

Lacan in America: The Logic of Place

We will examine the Logic of Place - or Clinical Topology - with specific regard to the case of Lacan in America. Lacan translated and transformed the Fin-de-Siecle Austrian style of Freudian psychoanalysis to the local universe of post-war France and it spread widely through Europe and South America.

So why has Lacan received so much resistance in the United States? We will trace the development of Lacan in America as “lost in translation,” and demonstrate that the possibility of any future Lacanian analysis depends on an understanding of the conditions of the American psyche in the 21st Century. 

 

 

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Feb
6
7:30 PM19:30

Psychoanalytic Medicine

Is a psychoanalytic medicine possible. Hans Selye’s work on Stress and John Sarno’s work on Pain have only proven methods Reich developed long before in his work with what he called ‘vegeto-therapy” in conjunction with psychoanalysis. 

Reich - Discovery of the Orgone 2: Cancer Biopathy

Selye - Stress of Life

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Mar
6
7:30 PM19:30

Orgonomy as Biophysics

LIke Freud, Reich was one of the few true scientist to remain open and continually challenge himself with new findings no matter they led him. HIs final work was in the field of a universal science of biophysics incorporating biology, medicine, psychiatry and other sciences which he called “Orgonomy.”

Reich - Ether God and Devil
Reich - Cosmic Superimposition
Reich - Contact with Space

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Mar
16
12:00 PM12:00

Lacan in America: The Case of California

Our latest installment of Lacan in America will trace the history of Psychoanalysis in California culminating in new developments in Lacanian Analysis and Schizoanalysis. We will discuss this as the continuation of “Anti-Oedipus” - Deleuze & Guattari’s unfinished psychoanalytic revolution at the nexus of Paris May 68 and California’s Summer of Love at its 50th anniversary.

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Apr
3
7:30 PM19:30

Schizoanalysis, Orgonomy, and General Economy

Reich’s integral science and practice of Orgonomy included political-economic and psycho-social transformation. Like Freud, Jung, and Lacan, Reich’s last work recognized the need for a “psychoansis in extension” that would go beyond the private consulting room to a clinic of the social relation of everyday life. 

Reich - Mass Psychology of Fascism

Reich - Murder of Christ

Reich - People in Trouble

Reich - Children of he Future

Bataille - Accursed Share

Guattari - Chaosmosis

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Jun
25
7:30 PM19:30

Psychoanalysis in Extension: The Cartel On Cartels

Analytics's Cartel On Cartels - Psychoanalysis in Extension - will present its findings regarding training and transmission in the place of the “three impossible professions” of the Clinic, the School, and the Polis - while proposing a fourth place of the Atelier: the gallery, theatre, studio, and lab where the object is produced and exchanged. 

 

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May
19
12:00 PM12:00

Matrix/Phallus: Feminine Ends of Analysis

Lacan’s logical elucidation of feminine sexuality in relation to the object, the fantasy, the phallus and the symptom resolved the triangular oedipus opened up by Freud. In the wake of this Bracha Ettinger has proposed a matrixial dimension of subjectivity revolving around the matrix as pre-oedipal and proto-symbolic and working in relation to the phallic dimension. We will explore the implications of these developments for the clinic of psychoanalysis in Sex, Gender, and Desire.

 Dr Scott Von and Bracha Ettinger

Dr Scott Von and Bracha Ettinger

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Apr
27
6:30 PM18:30

Radical Jungian Analysis

It is finally time to restore the Jungian lineage to the psychoanalytic field. In order to distinguish his work from Freud after their split, Jung used the term Analytical Psychology - or Analysis. But what is Jungian Analysis as method. In this event we will endeavor to unveil an underground practice of innovation at work in the Jungian field which connects it to Freudian, Reichian, and Lacanian practice while contributing innovative techniques and discoveries. 

In this event we will explore the use of these techniques with vignettes. We will cover the real reason for the split between Jung and Freud, examine similarities and differences in method and style, and present the possibility of integration through the analytic ethic and desire for difference or “Xenophilia.” 

This event will serve as an introduction to a future conference to on Radical Jungian Analysis. Those interested in participating should attend and/or request information on the “Call for Presentations” from info@analytica.org

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Apr
4
7:30 PM19:30

Numerology, Topology, Psychophysics

Jung’s late work led him to link the ancient mathematical psychiatry of the oldest book in the world - the I Ching - to the most advanced mathematics and physics of the current era. What is it that psychoanalysis, quantum physics, and topology alike have stumbled on to: a new relation to time, space, matter, and energy - and a new kind of science. 

Jung - Synchronicity
Lacan - Seminar 26: Topology and Time
Franz - Number and Time
Mindell - Quantum Mind

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Mar
7
7:30 PM19:30

Individuation and Group Psychology: The Freud/Jung Split

It is said that Freud and Jung split over the question of parapsychology and occult phenomena. In reality the event was more complex. While Freud was passionate about psychic phenomena, he was committed to a the project of the singularity of the subject over tribe, religion, and group. In the end Jung would come to the same position - in fact saying that the emergent organizing field or archetype of the human psyche was in fact that of “individuation.” This same tension and ambivalence toward individuation not only played itself out in their relationship but continues to function in psychoanalytic process and history regarding the question of lineage, transmission, and Lacan’s “Nom du Pere.”

Freud/Jung - Letters
Freud - Group Psychology
Jung - Archetypes and the Collective Unconscious
Jung - Aion

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Feb
7
7:30 PM19:30

Parapsychology and Science Fiction

Jung’s Doctoral Thesis was on Occult Phenomena. His work with Freud enabled him to find his own way of reconciling mythic, psychic, and scientific material. In fact Freud had already censored a chapter on Occult Phenomena from his first book and later in life claimed that if he could start over he would specialize in parapsychology. With the rise of science fiction, Jung and Reich wrote their final works on UFOs. In this seminar we will analyze the shift from past to future in the human psyche.

Freud/Devereux - Psychoanalysis and the Occult
Jung - On the Psychopathology of So-Called Occult Phenomena
Jung - Flying Saucers
Reich - Contact with Space

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Dec
6
7:30 PM19:30

Origins of Psychoanalysis: Traditional Psychiatry

Freud abandoned the rationalist psychology and psychiatry of his day and developed psycho-analysis out of the failures of hypnosis and other therapeutic methods. It was Jung who recognized the true roots of psychoanalysis not in the scientific materialism of the time but rather in the psychic methods of traditional medicine & psychiatry. We will explore the techniques of Eastern and Western alchemy, shamanism, and gnosis to develop a clinic of past, present, and future. 

Jung - Psychology of the Transference
Jung - Psychology and Alchemy
Roheim - Gates of the Dream
Deleuze & Guattari - Anti-Oedipus

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Nov
27
7:30 PM19:30

Lynchian Analysis: Psychic Reality

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“We live inside a dream.” Lynch’s revelation echoes Freud’s discovery of Psychic Reality at the birth of psychoanalysis and Lacan’s explication of Universal Madness. The psychoanalytic method of the proper name is the fulfillment of the Analytic project. We see no better example of how this can be performed and what it can contribute than the work of David Lynch. Far from analyzing Lynch’s work we will show how Lynch analyzes us by means of analyzing himself. In so doing he show’s by example how to do an analysis by writing the fantasy in the symptom. This has radical consequences for the future of psychoanalysis as “Xenophilia” or a passion for the unusual, strange, and different. “We are like the dreamer who dreams the dreams and then lives in it.”

This event will serve as an introduction to a conference to follow on Lynchian Analysis. Those interested in participating should attend and/or request information on the “Call for Presentations” from info@analytica.org.

 

 

 

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Nov
15
7:30 PM19:30

Madness, Mysticism, and Auto-Analysis

The analyst does not analyze the patient. Rather the analysand analyzes himself - and authorizes himself - by means of some others. In this Seminar we will explore the origins of psychoanalysis in Freud’s “auto-analysis.” What can we learn from Freud’s own analysis performed in writing Letters with a “non-analyst” placed in the position of analyst? What can we learn from Jung’s analysis of his imminent “psychosis” by means of writing and drawing the Red Book? What can we learn from Lacan’s rejection of his “training analysis” and his method of taking the position of analysand in his Seminar. While Freud’s patients remained patients, it was only his closest colleagues who became analysands - and analysts -  by developing a style and method out of the singularity of the symptom.

Freud - Letters to Fliess
Jung - The Red Book
Lacan - Seminar 23: Sinthome
Anzieu - Freud’s Auto-Analysis

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Oct
23
7:30 PM19:30

The Future Analyst: Authorization, Authority, Authorship

The psychoanalytic method of the proper name is the fulfillment of Freud’s original project on the singularity of the symptom and the politics of the patient as analysand and analyst developing his own cure while teaching and transmitting to the Other. As opposed to the re-institutionalization of analysis through psychiatry and academia, Lacan’s work on the Symptom and Guattari’s work on Schizoanalysis committed the clinic and school to this method of singularity where styles of analytic method (Freudian, Jungian, Reichian…) and diagnostic categories (psychosis, neurosis, perversion…) are replaced by the proper name: Joyce, Duras, Genet… We will discuss what this means for the future of analytic practice and training: How to do an analysis by writing the fantasy in the symptom - or Sinthome. How the analysand achieves authorization by authorship rather than authority - or Autopoesis.

 

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Oct
18
7:30 PM19:30

Psychosis and Schizophrenia

In this seminar we will return to the origins of innovative thinking on “psychosis” and “schizophrenia” at the nexus of neuropsychiatry and psychoanalysis, including the work of Otto Gross and Carl Jung in Zurich and Gaetan Clerambault and Jacques Lacan in Paris. Out of this we will attempt to develop an new integral clinical model on the symptom, structure, strategy, and cure of psychosis and schizophrenia.

Gross - Freud’s Ideogenic Factor
Jung - Psychogenesis of Mental Disease
Clerambault - Automatisms
Lacan - Questions Preliminary to Any Possible Treatment of Psychosis

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Sep
1
6:00 PM18:00

Salon des Refusés: “The Symptom of Art: Outsiders”

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The Symptom refuses participation in the Profane world. The Art of the Symptom introduces the Sacred into this world in the form of an Object. And yet the current Symptom of Art prevents movement beyond the market or the institution. Theophany is divine invasion of extimacy. What does Performance have to do with Shamanism? What does Art have to do with Medicine? What lies beyond The Factory and Social Sculpture? The Salon as Clinic.

Please RSVP to Info@Analytica.org to confirm your space at the Salon.

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Aug
11
6:00 PM18:00

Salon des Refusés: “The Symptom of Art: Outsiders”

The Symptom refuses participation in the Profane world. The Art of the Symptom introduces the Sacred into this world in the form of an Object. And yet the current Symptom of Art prevents movement beyond the market or the institution. Theophany is divine invasion of extimacy. What does Performance have to do with Shamanism? What does Art have to do with Medicine? What lies beyond The Factory and Social Sculpture? The Salon as Clinic.

Please RSVP to Info@Analytica.org to confirm your space at the Salon.

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May
19
6:30 PM18:30

To Have Done with the Judgement of God: The Analyst as Advocate (A Cure for Psychosis)

When it comes to psychosis - which is co-produced between the Subject and the Other ($ <> A) - the cure requires more than the treatment of the Psychiatrist or the neutrality of the Analyst. It requires the Analyst as Advocate ($ <>a/A) - the Analyst as object of speech where the Other fades. The Advocate - an invention of modern democratic law - is the one who speaks for. It would appear that this is the opposite of the analytic ethic but in the case of psychosis in which the voice has been absented, the analyst must join the ethic of listening with the consequent ethic of speaking for in relation to what has been heard. The practice of the analytic advocate is related to the Pass procedure which Lacan invented where the passeur advocates for the analysand to a jury. This practice is also related to that of the artist and poet: a test at the point of psychosis - a testament at the point of madness. Analytica will assemble a supreme court of experts on Psychoanalysis, Anti-Psychiatry, and Critical Legal Studies to hear testimony on the Clinic of Psychosis. 

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May
8
7:30 PM19:30

Mass Psychology and the Civilization of Discontent

Freud’s whole corpus traces a trajectory from information theory to social relations. In “Cutlure and Discomfort” Freud poses the question of what purpose psychoanalysis has if the social is itself pathological. This text is immersed in a collection of attempts to solve this puzzle of the “analyst of society.” As opposed to medicine, psychiatry, and psychology, analysis does not attempt to accommodate the subject to the social norm. Rather is liberates the subject from the demands of the Other through the responsibility for desire and its implications on the road to a new collective.

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Apr
24
7:30 PM19:30

The Late Lacan: TRANS: Sex, Gender, & Desire

Join us for a confrontation with sex, gender, and desire at the limits of psychoanalysis. Freud posed the question of “what does woman want.” and came to an impasse with the question of the girl’s Oedipus Complex. Lacan resolved the question of sexual difference in his late seminar on feminine jouissance - at which point he entered into the absolute difference of the desire of the analyst and the trans-ference. Several psychoanalysts from Lacan’s school took up the challenge of a new approach to sex, developing the concept of the hyster or matrix as as supplement to the phallic indexing of the symbolic. Guattari offered “trans” as a general psychoanalytic concept of an emergent paradigm, including some of the first essays championing the politics of transsexuality and transgender in the 60s and 70s. The question of the TRANS brings forth a future politics of the subject beyond identity in the form of desiring production.

Texts:

Lacan - Seminar 20: Feminine Sexuality
Guattari - Psychoanalysis and Transversality
Millot - Horsexe
Irigaray - Speculum of the Other Woman
Ettinger - Matrixial Borderspace
Foque - There Are Two Sexes

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Apr
3
7:30 PM19:30

Maps of the Psyche

Freud introduced a new kind of science of human subjectivity into the twentieth century. After tracing the pathways of neurons in the laboratory and then studying the phenomenological experience of the human mind in relation to biological and other symptoms, Freud chose the diagram to condense his unquantifiable findings into the beginning of a logical science. 

The first topography revolved around the Conscious, Pre-Conscious, and Unconscious (and Percept and Sign). The Second Topography used a model of Id, Ego, Superego - or rather It, I, and Over-I. These diagrams or maps of the psyche provide an initial orientation to the complexity of human experience in an attempt to the impossible task of objectifying subjectivity. After the the most concrete of sciences quantum physics and modern mathematics demonstrated the impossibility of becoming objective without including the subjectivity of the human scientist and the point of observation, Lacan turned to “topology” in order to continue Freud’s project. 

We will examine psychoanalysis and related fields of modernity that have contributed to uniting the arts and sciences at this point of intersection of the act of the subject, including Peirce’s Semiotics and Existential Graphs for the future analyst.


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Mar
27
7:30 PM19:30

The Late Lacan: Wild Analysis: The Discourse of the President

The first book to be written on the Trump election is by a psychoanalyst. Join us as special guest Dr Roberts Samuels discusses with Dr Scott Von a unique approach to recent political events from a psychoanalytic perspective. While the last Analytica Seminar on “The Politics of the Analyst” focused on the micro-politics of direct action and utopian transformation, this session will focus on recent shocking transformations in macro-politics - including the election of the president of the US and the popular vote on the British exit from the European Community. 

Through Lacan’s groundbreaking work on discourse theory and analysis in extension we can understand these socio-political events in new light and approach a politics of the future. Samuels trained as a Lacanian Analyst at the University of Paris where he received his Doctorate and practiced in NY before moving to the University of California where he teaches and is president of the political Union. He is author of Between Philosophy and Psychoanalysis and more recently Psychoanalyzing the Left and Right (after Trump).

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