INTRODUCTION TO THE READING OF AGAMBEN FOR LACANIAN CLINICAL PRACTICE

Giorgio Agamben’s writings on politics, literature, theology and philology pose a rich counterpoint to the Lacanian corpus, offering avenues for new readings, interpretations and applications of familiar constructs. This short, intensive online seminar will provide an opportunity for those versed in Lacanian methods to explore key concepts and lines of inquiry drawn from Agamben, with a particular eye to the challenges and opportunities for psychoanalytic practice at the current historical juncture, a time in which the detention site or concentration camp—an “order without localization,” “localization without order” or “permanent state of exception to the law”—has become “the hidden matrix of politics.”

The group will analyze selections from key texts including Homo Sacer, Means Without End, Profanations, The Coming Community, Nudities, What is an Apparatus, The Fire and the Tale and What is Real, alongside selections from Lacan’s seminars and écrits.

Four consecutive weekly sessions from 5:00—7:00 p.m. PST, beginning September 2020. For more information contact Ben Davidson (benjamdavidson@me.com).

Faculty: Benjamin Davidson, PhD
Meeting Dates and Time: Wednesdays 5:00-7:00 p.m., starting September 2020.
Location: online
Contact: Benjamin Davidson, PhD at benjamdavidson@me.com
Fees: free of charge