Hysteria in the 21st Century by Milltown Lacanian Association
Date: Saturday September 10th, 2022
Time: 10am – 5pm
Location: Avila Carmelite Centre (Discalced Carmelites), Morehampton Road, Dublin 4 D04 YF66
Cost: €40 – €60
Study Day and Book Launch of Dr Charles Melman’s seminal work ‘Studies on Hysteria Revisited’ translated by Helen Sheehan.
About This Event
“Where have all the flowers gone”? asked Peter, Paul, and Mary in 1960’s America.
Today, we may well ask: where have all the hysterics gone?
Since Antiquity, efforts have been made to put an end to their blooming but ever reborn, ever renewed hysteria continues to disturb and to question us and in like manner we continue to resist as Lacan emphasizes by not wanting to know anything about it. It’s suppression from the D.S.M. is the latest line of defence against this entity which implicates each and every one of us. Suppression as the D.S.M. testifies ensures that it makes its appearance elsewhere, in many unexpected places, under different guises.
This Study Day will serve, not as “roman à clef designed for our delectation” (Freud, 1905) but will urge us to consider “that long time passing” into what we now call the 21st Century.
We may engage in the refrain begun by this gentle song of protest in stereotypical “hysterical” fashion – “when will they (we) ever learn”? which has been systematically explored by Dr Melman in his book Studies on Hysteria Revised.
But let us be aware as Dr Melman makes clear, “the ethics of psychoanalysis is not of the order of a recipe, of a remedy”. Helen Sheehan
Contributors on the Day:
- Dr Charles Melman
- Helen Sheehan
- Dr Gerard Amiel
- Glenn Brady
- Tom Dalzell
- Omar Guerrrero
- Malachi McCoy
- Stephanie Metcalfe
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