Why did psychoanalysis emerge when it did – and what is its debt to these historical conditions? An online seminar with Gabriel Tupinambá

Why did psychoanalysis emerge when it did – and what is its debt to these historical conditions? In this presentation, Gabriel Tupinambá will propose a speculative hypothesis which includes psychoanalysis in the history of the transformations of the logic of affinity and kinship under the consolidation of capitalist modernity.

In a critical dialogue with Eduardo Viveiros de Castro, Phillipe Descola and Christian Dunker, Gabriel Tupinambá will suggest that one of the characteristic traits of modern sociality is that kinship structures organizing human social reproduction do not constitute a common “world”, conditioning the emergence of social practices that recognize and intervene upon the “individual myths” we need to create in order to suture our fractured kinship histories into social reality. This thesis is quite acceptable in its content, but it is the form in which it is proposed – using resources from Kojin Karatani’s theory of the modes of intercourse and Alain Badiou’s formal theory of world logics – that claims some originality, especially since it allows us to derive some crucial ideas, such as Lacan’s RSI or his theory of sexuation, out of a more general conceptual framework, itself compatible with historical materialism.

Gabriel Tupinambá is a psychoanalyst who lives in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He is the author of The Desire of Psychoanalysis (NUP, 2021) and the co-author of Arquitetura de Arestas: as esquerdas em tempos de periferização do mundo (Autonomia Literária, 2022), with Edemílson Paraná, and Hegel, Lacan, Zizek (Atropos Press, 2013), with Yuan Yao. He is also a member of the autonomous research collective Subset of Theoretical Practice (https://theoreticalpractice.com)

The seminar will take place on Zoom on Thursday 29 September 2022 at 8pm-9:30pm British Summer Time (BST). It will be followed by a virtual pub gathering on the platform ‘Wonder’. Please be aware that Eventbrite (and Facebook) usually automatically converts the event time for the time zone from which you view the page.

The event is open to everyone and free with Eventbrite registrationThe Zoom link will be available for registrants on the ‘Online Event Page’ (found when accessing your ticket on Eventbrite) on the day of the seminar, which is where you can also find information about the virtual pub taking place afterwards on the platform Wonder.

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