November 7, 2019

Nina Krajnik Passion of the Antinomy – Lacanian Psychoanalysis between Politics and Philosophy

The lecture will examine the ambiguous relation between psychoanalysis and philosophy on a basis of Lacan’s references to philosophers as a response to Freudian ”scientism”, as well as a psychoanalytic approach towards politics. Through the analysis of historical cuts in a systems of thought it focuses on the specifics of Lacanian psychoanalysis in former Yugoslavia and the relation between discourse of the analyst and subversive political movements. The goal of the lecture is to conceptualize the difference between philosophy as way of thinking and philosophy as a defence against thinking (Denkverbot), which is equivalent to the difference between politics of change and politics of power. The antinomy between discourses is opening questions of new symptoms that are associated with love for power and haterd of change, while Freud’s and Lacan’s reactions to political systems and events (liberalism, communism, May 68 ect.) point towards the importance of psychoanalysis for subjective and political changes in the Balkan region.

Nina Krajnik is a Lacanian psychoanalyst and founder of the Lacan Balkan movement. She is the president of the Slovenian Association of Lacanian Psychoanalysis (SALP) and a head of its Section for socio-political questions. She is the editor of a journal Object of desire and a book series Juno. She received her PhD in Philosophy. She studied at the University Paris 8 – Vincennes-Saint Denis and had undergone her personal analysis with Jacques-Alain Miller. She accomplished her analytical training in psychiatric hospital Aubervillers and at the unit of Jacques Lacan of the healthcare centre Sud Francilien in France. Between 2011 and 2015 she carried out academic research in Switzerland and Australia. Her research interests include the intersections between psychoanalysis, literature and science, and a psychoanalytic clinic of new symptoms. She is a member of World Association of Psychoanalysis (AMP).

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