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Lacan Guided Reading Group: A Feminine Enjoyment

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11-06-2019 - 17-09-2019

In the Lacan Guided Reading Group, we will trace Lacan’s train of thought concerning masculine and feminine enjoyment by reading two chapters from this seminar entitled: “God and Woman’s Jouissance” and “A Love Letter.” What is an enjoyment beyond the phallus? What is so mystifying about feminine enjoyment? And what is knowledge of sexual difference? 

Join us for the reading of Jacques Lacan’s Seminar XX: On Feminine Sexuality, the Limits of Love and Knowledge (Encore) (1972-1973).

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What Happens in Your Brain When You Try to Influence Others?

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1:00 pm - 2:30 pm EDT

The research on social influence has been dominated by the motivation to understand the mind of the targets of influence (e.g. consumers, voters) in order to exert even more influence on them. Far less is known about the cognitive and neurobiological underpinnings of the source of the influence (e.g. spin doctors, financial advisers, pundits etc). This seminar and discussion will be devoted to better understanding influence deployed from the source rather than the target.

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Accompanying: Healing Through Liberation Psychology

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Power dynamics are embodied in daily life. For those of us who wish to expose and resist these dynamics, what models do we have for alternative engagement? Critical psychology shifts its focus from the “clinical gaze” toward a critique of power and power-abuse. We will consider the philosophy and practice of accompaniment and its implication for working with those who have experienced multiple oppressions.

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Populism and Masculinity: The Struggle to Define Poland

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Women’s and LGBTQ+ movements are increasingly intervening in the Polish political field, rising in defence of the individual freedom of choice in the face of the traditional power of the Church, and the State, over our bodies.

Analysing the early-20th century emergence of life-writing, the lecturer Mateusz Chmurrski, author of Diary, Fiction, Identity/ies, will sketche the history of non-normative self-expression in the region’s literature in order to observe both its contemporary, if voyeuristic, over-exposure, and its political instrumentalisation in different cultural wars.