Jamieson Webster, PhD
January 16-17, 2021
Jamieson Webster, PhD is a psychoanalyst in private practice in New York City. She is the author of The Life and Death of Psychoanalysis (2011) and Conversion Disorder: Listening to the Body in Psychoanalysis (2018); she also co-wrote, with Simon Critchley, Stay, Illusion! The Hamlet Doctrine (2013). She teaches at the New School for Social Research and supervises doctoral students in clinical psychology at the City University of New York. She is a member of IPTAR and Das Unbehagen.
Seminar Title: Psychoanalysis and the Body: Conversion in Freud and Lacan
When thinking of the classical image of hysterical symptoms many bear in mind the Freudian idea of translating these symptoms into language as a texture of memory, conflict, and wish. But what if the process wasn’t so uni-directional? What could an embodied psychoanalysis look like? What problems does this pose for the listening analyst? From Freud’s early definition of conversion, to his notion of the drive on the frontier of the somato-psychic, to Lacan’s distrust of know edge exemplified in the symptom’s symbolic over-interpretation, and his focus on what he names jouissance, we will re-consider the centrality of the body in psychoanalytic process.
Freud, S. (1900). The Interpretation of Dreams. The Standard Edition of the Complete Psychological Works of Sigmund Freud, Volume IV (1900): The Interpretation of Dreams (First Part), Pp. 96-121.
Freud, S. (1920) Beyond the Pleasure Principle. The Standard Edition of the Complete Psychological Works of Sigmund Freud, Vol. 18.
Lacan, J. (1988) The Seminar of Jacques Lacan Book II: The Ego in Freud’s Theory and in the Technique of Psychoanalysis. (trans. Tomaselli). New York: Norton. Pp. 146-171.
Lacan, J. (2014) The Seminar of Jacques Lacan Book X: Anxiety (trans. Price) London: Polity. Pp. 157-210. Webster, J. (2018) Conversion Disorder: Listening to the Body in Psychoanalysis. New York: Columbia University Press.