MENDING THE SYMBOLIC

march, 2018

06mar8:15 pm10:00 pmEvent OverMENDING THE SYMBOLICWHEN A PLACE FOR MALE SAME-SEX DESIRE IS NOT FOUND

Event Details

Join us to hear Giorgio Giaccardi read a paper, which will be published as a chapter of a forthcoming book on Psychoanalysis and Heteronormativity (Karnac 2018). The paper will reflect on the problem of unsymbolised psychic experiences and the ensuing attempts at repairing this lack, by drawing on inputs from cultural studies and clinical practice, within a post-Jungian understanding of the process of individuation. In particular, the paper will consider some aspects of the process leading from a symbolic deficit to the formation of containers for male same-sex desire, as revealed by the kind of emotional experiences traversed, and the symbolic representations generated by gay men in the contemporary Western world, such as melancholy, rage, concealment, sentimentality, camp, excess, centrality of sex, appropriate identifications, communality of desires, and experiences of time.

Giorgio Giaccardi is a Jungian Analyst, senior member of the BJAA, working in private practice in London. He has written,
taught and given seminars on sexual diversity, gender identity and the notion of symbol at Birkbeck, University of Essex and
various professional Associations (bpf, SAP, WMIP). He has recently published contributions on these topics in the journal
“Couple and Family Psychoanalysis” (2016) and in the BPC Magazine “New Associations” (2015). He is a member of the
Advisory Group on Sexual and Gender diversity within the BPC. His latest paper “Unconscious Processes, Instrumental Music and the Experience of the Sublime” was commended in the 2014 Rozsika Parker Prize and published in the BJP (2015).

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Time

(Tuesday) 8:15 pm - 10:00 pm

Location

AJA Flat

7 Eton Avenue London NW3 3EL

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