Workshop and Lecture, 6th December
Benjamin Noys, University of Chichester
On the 6th of December, Professor Benjamin Noys from the University of Chichester will lead a workshop and present a lecture on the political dimensions of neurosis. The abstracts for these events follow below. Please contact Tom Bunyard at firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve a place for the workshop, and to receive copies of the readings that will be discussed.
2pm–4.30pm, room G64, Grand Parade
The fate of neurosis has not been a happy one. Overtaken by more extreme psychic disorders as the means to grasp life under contemporary capitalism, neurosis seems to remain a compromised disorder. In this workshop we will explore the possibilities of neurosis, as a disorder of compromise (the neurotic ‘gives way’ on their desire), for grasping the deadlocks of the present moment. Through reading a series of texts, psychoanalytic, philosophical and political, we will return to neurotic conditions to explore the conditions of neurosis.
Adorno, ‘The Health Unto Death’, in Minima Moralia
Aaron Schuster, ‘A Philosophical Clinic’, in The Trouble with Pleasure (2016)
Jean Laplanche and Jean-Bertrand Pontalis, ‘Neurosis’ in The Language of Psycho-Analysis
Freud, ‘The Neuroses of Defence (A Christmas Fairy Tale)’ (1896)