Sexuality: Contemporary Frameworks in Clinical Psychoanalysis
A one-day seminar with Professor Rosine Jozef Perelberg
London, 5 November 2016 (Saturday)
Ambassadors Bloomsbury, 12 Upper Woburn Place, WC1H 0HX
“It is my belief that, however strange it may sound, we must reckon with the possibility that something in the nature of the sexual instinct itself is unfavourable to the realisation of complete satisfaction”. – Freud, 1912
Why should human sexuality be traumatic? What disorganising factors give sexuality this specific dimension of being impossible to realise?
At this intellectually charged and practical seminar, Professor Rosine Jozef Perelberg draws on her extensive experience and internationally acclaimed psychoanalytical writings to relate the conceptualisations propounded by Freud, Melanie Klein and Jean Laplanche with our contemporary comprehension of sexuality. She explains:
- In what ways has Freud’s repudiation of femininity and focus on oedipal structure influenced current clinical approaches
- How do Kleinian explanations of paranoid-schizoid positions integrate with contemporary Kleinian views on the Oedipus complex
- The role of enigmatic signifiers and our understanding of the repressed unconscious
- Primary homosexuality, as explained by modern French psychoanalytic thought
- The paternal function and its relevance in understanding different manifestations of psychopathology
In a unique manner, Professor Perelberg utilises phantasy symbolism, case vignettes and a deep understanding of psychoanalytic thought to help us understand Sexuality in the modern context.
About the speaker
Rosine Jozef Perelberg (http://psychoanalysis.org.uk/authors-and-theorists/rosine-jozef-perelbergis a Fellow of the British Psychoanalytic Society, Visiting Professor in the Psychoanalysis Unit at University College London and Corresponding Member of the Paris Psychoanalytical Society. In 2011-12 she was Visiting Professor at the San Francisco Institute of Psychoanalysis and in the following year Visiting Professorial Fellow at Birkbeck, University of London. Her publications include: Psychoanalytic Understanding of Violence and Suicide (1997), Female Experience: Four Generations of British Women Psychoanalysts on Work with Women (1998, 2008) (with Joan Raphael-Leff), Freud: A Modern Reader (2006), Time and Memory (2007), and Dreaming and Thinking (2000, 2002, 2006, 2008, 2010). She is the author of Time, Space and Phantasy (2008) and Murdered Father, Dead Father: Revisiting the Oedipus Complex (2015). http://www.rosineperelberg.com/index.cfm?pagePath=Books/Murdered_Father_Dead_Father__revisiting_the_Oedipus_complex&id=69896. With Gregorio Kohon, she is currently editing a collection of papers by British, American and French psychoanalysts entitled: The Greening of Psychoanalysis: an homage to André Green.
In 2007 she was named one of the ten women of the year by the Brazilian National Council of Women. Prof. Perelberg has served on the board of many international psychoanalytic journals, and has published in the following journals: International Journal of Psychoanalysis, The Psychoanalytic Quarterly, Psychoanalytic Inquiry, Revue Française de Psychanalyse, Jahrbuch Der Psychoanalyse, Jornal Brasileiro de Psicanálise, and Trieb. Her work has been translated into several languages, including French, German, Italian, Finnish, Polish, Portuguese and Spanish. She has recently been video interviewed by PEP as one of the most frequently downloaded authors from PEP-WEB. She has a private practice in London.
10:00AM: Session 1: Freud’s revolution
In the first session we look at the development of Freud’s ideas and his revolutionary discoveries. We examine his understanding of hysteria, the centrality of the oedipal structure and crucial importance of the pre-oedipal phase. The concept of primal phantasies will be explored, as well as Freud’s statement that the bedrock of any analysis is the repudiation of femininity.
11:30AM: Coffee Break
11:45AM: Session 2: Further contributions: Melanie Klein and Jean Laplanche
In this session, we build on our psychoanalytic discussions and examine the contributions made by these two major writers. Melanie Klein’s ideas on the Oedipus complex changed throughout her writings; we will look at these in the context of the other Kleinian concepts of paranoid-schizoid and depressive positions; and Klein’s own formulations on the conflict of life and death instincts.
Laplanche, meanwhile proposed 'a reformulation of Freud's seduction theory as a general theory of the origins of the repressed unconscious’. His aim was to account for the normal development of the unconscious in human beings and its implications for an understanding of the psychoanalytic process. Laplanche highlighted the enigmatic signifiers that are transmitted via parental messages to the other as a key element in the creation of the unconscious.
Our aim in looking at these concepts is to build a theoretical base for a contemporary understanding of Sexuality.
1:00PM: Lunch Break (a light lunch is provided as part of the seminar)
1:45PM: Session 3: Psychoanalytic understanding of bisexuality and homosexuality
The notion of innate bisexuality is central in Freud’s writings and permeates all his clinical studies. We will discuss the notion of primary homosexuality, developed in contemporary French psychoanalysis, and how it may emerge après-coup as a construction, in the course of an analysis. In light of this understanding, we will also start looking at some of the more modern psychoanalytic contributions to the understanding of sexualities.
2:45PM: Coffee Break
3:00PM: Session 4: The paternal function in psychoanalysis
In the last session of the day, we look at the notion of paternal function in psychoanalysis. It is Prof. Perelberg’s suggestion that the phantasy that she names ‘a father is being beaten’ emerges for certain male patients as a result of the work of analysis and becomes a potential appropriation of the (symbolic) father. The phantasy, is a construction derived from free associations and dreams, in the analytic encounter, reached through the work of interpretation. We will also explore the crucial relevance of the paternal function to the understanding of different types of psychopathologies - from violence to psychosis.
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