Truly, Madly, Deeply: Two Biographies of Psychosis

Lacan was not interested in applying psychoanalytic theory/method to biographical studies of people who were not in analysis- nor did he speculate about or ‘psychoanalyze’ biographical cases. We follow Lacan and will use biographical material to illustrate and develop psychoanalytic theory.

Derek Hook will present his study of John Nash, and Annie Rogers will offer a filmed conversation with John Devlin, two men who experienced psychosis over their life-times. Both presenters will also discuss Lacan’s theory regarding the structure of psychosis and offer an exegesis of particular and singular routes through psychosis without psychoanalysis. Patricia Gherovici will respond to each the presentations and later join Hook and Rogers in a panel discussion of the day. CE credits may be available.

Faculty: Derek Hook, Annie Rogers, Patricia Gherovici
Date and Time: Spring, 2021, 9:00 AM-4:00 PM
Location: The Ethical Society, Philadelphia, PA
Fee: $180, $60 for Students/ or LSP School Tuition

An Event of the Lacanian School of Psychoanalysis in collaboration with Philadelphia Lacan Group.

Derek Hook, PhD, is Associate Professor of Psychology at Duquesne University. He is a scholar and a practitioner of psychoanalysis with expertise in the area of critical psychology and psychosocial studies. His research interests essentially converge on the theme of ‘the psychic life of power’, and his publications tend to take up psychoanalytic, postcolonial or discourse analytic perspectives on facets of contemporary post-apartheid South Africa.

Annie G. Rogers, PhD, is Professor Emerita of Psychoanalysis and Clinical Psychology at Hampshire College. She has a private practice in Amherst, Massachusetts. She is a teaching and supervising Analyst of the Lacanian School of Psychoanalysis. Her most recent scholarship concerns language and visual work made in psychosis (Incandescent Alphabets: Psychosis and the Enigma of Language).

Patricia Gherovici, PhD, is a Psychoanalyst and Supervisor at Apres-Coup New York, Director of the Philadelphia Lacan Group, and Associate Faculty, Psychoanalytic Studies Minor, UPENN. Her current research concerns how transgender issues are reorienting psychoanalytic practice while making us redefine notions of sexuality. She published Lacan on Madness: Madness, Yes You Can’t (with Manya Steinkoler, 2015).