Upcoming Events

Gathering of Faculty from Across the University Interested in Psychoanalysis 

Friday, September 28, 4pm in the Jones Room, Woodruff Library

Please RSVP to melinda.robb@emory.edu 

Critique, Reparation, and Play in Feminist and Queer Theory

A talk by Dr. Ewa Plonowska ZiarekJulian Park Professor of Comparative Literature at the University of Buffalo, Senior Research Fellow at the College of Fellows at Western Sydney University, and Visiting Faculty at the Institute for Doctoral Studies in the Visual Arts at the University of Maine

Thursday, October 4, 4 - 6 PM, White Hall 110. With reception to follow. 

Critique has been central to feminist engagements with politics and culture. Nonetheless, in the wake of the post-critical turn proposed by Felski, Sedgwick, and others, the very notion of critique has become associated with a "paranoid reading," which has "run out of steam.” To question this equation of feminist critique with paranoid reading and its alternatives--with reparation--I propose to re-interpret Melanie Klein’s paranoid-schizoid and depressive positions through the double lens of Sedgwick and Kristeva. I argue that Klein enables us to construct an alternative version of critique, which embraces methodologically heterogeneous elements of thought and imagination, play and pain, phantasy and a fragile co-creation of meaning. Rather than suspicion, such concern with the creation of a more meaningful life, for oneself and others, and the contestation of injustice in the world is at the core of different genres of feminist critique and psychoanalytic practice.

Kristeva on Disability 

A seminar by Ewa Plonowska Ziarek

Friday, October 5, 10-12pm, Bowden 216

Please RSVP to melinda.robb@emory.edu 

About the Program

Emory University’s Graduate School of Arts and Sciences offers a Certificate in Psychoanalytic Studies that is designed to give students a thorough knowledge of psychoanalysis across a range of disciplines. The Psychoanalytic Studies Program (PSP) deals with the theory, application, and history of psychoanalytic thought and practice. It is not a clinical training program.  

The program draws faculty from Emory College, the Law School, and the Department of Psychiatry in the School of Medicine. In addition, faculty affiliated with the Emory University Psychoanalytic Institute participate in the program, linking the academy with the psychiatric and psychoanalytic communities.

PSP students are provided a great deal of flexibility in designing courses of study to suit their unique needs and interests. Because psychoanalytic thought is not bound to one discipline, students are encouraged to cross disciplinary and intellectual boundaries.