The “Introduction to Judith Butler” seminar with Jenny Folsom was a well attended and exciting day. We discussed how discourse is linked to power and desire; how bodies are always in a relationship to the Real; and how to make room for multiple sexualities, and how to look at gender as a vector of power rather than an identity. All this with plenty of discussion about intersections/contradictions with Lacanian and Freudian thought, and a long communal lunch where lively discussions continued.
The NRPI community gathered to socialize and to learn from each other. Friday night was a time of informal socializing and discussion. On Saturday we had a day of conversation with Dr. Leo Rangel, honorary president of the International Psychoanalytical Association. In the morning Dr. Rangel, Executive Director Joseph Scalia III, and faculty members Jeffrey Eaton, Charles Turk and Barton Evans gave papers on the subject of unity and/or pluralism in psychoanalysis. The afternoon included a discussion regarding what is psychoanalysis, what is it not, and what is essential for all psychoanalytic languages. It is a discussion which the institute hopes to continue in the years to come. In the picture Leo Rangell addresses NRPI workshop as Beth Kalish-Weiss and Joseph Scalia III take notes.