Psychoanalysis, Game Theory, and Conflict Resolution
This course helps us understand the way we approach conflict; what is happening in our self-system; how we can understand this psychoanalytically, logically and mathematically; the difference between violent and non-violent approaches; and the role of emotion.
Badiou's Being and Event: Formalism for Ontology and Politics
This seminar, led by Paul Livingston, Rocco Gangle, Graham Priest and John Bova, will provide an overview of formal methods and results to yield an understanding of the argument of Badiou’s Being and Event as well as further implications of formalism and formalization for contemporary ontological and political questions.
Deleuze and Practical Philosophy
Starting from what Deleuze calls the “test of existence” in Spinoza, Dr. Keith W. Faulkner will draw out the consequences of diminishing the faculties of representation (memory and imagination) in favor of an immanent comprehension of the Event.
Philosophy and the Political: Perspectives on the Future of Democracy
This Series, directed by Dr. Creston Davis, features some of the foremost political thinkers in the world including: Antonio Negri, George Katsiaficas, Shon Meckfessel, Himanshu Damle, Michael Hardt, Lori Marso, Adrian Parr, and Giovanni Tusa.
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Queering BDSM through the art of Maria Beatty (18+)
Through the lens of Maria Beatty’s art the seminar will strive to develop an alternative, queer vision of BDSM considered as subversive to the frame of stereotypical and legitimized modes of intimacy. Participants will be provided with material for reflection ( Maria Beatty’s films and PDFs) and will engage in weekly e-discussions with Prof. Maria Beatty and Prof. Julie Reshe aimed at deepening philosophical, artistic and psychological understanding of BDSM.
A Painful State of Bliss (18+)
The seminar will explore a polymorphous body of sex acts involving transformative experiences toward deviating away from the usual hetero-genital-oriented practice. Through her experience as a cinematographer and in the BDSM sex-industry Maria Beatty will initiate the session and guide the class toward opening up their own thoughts or awareness with BDSM.
A Painful State of Bliss - Interactive VR session (18+)
Ms. Beatty will invite the class into her erotic rituals transforming a known environments into multiple sexual dreamscapes similar to theatrical experience but with a new sense of participation brought about by this virtual technology.
Theory and Practice of BDSM therapy: An Integrative Approach
In this class we will consider the question of BDSM within different theoretical conceptions and therapeutic approaches. We will take a look at the psychoanalytic and postpsychoanalytic conceptualisation of sadism and masochism relying on the works of Freud, Lacan and Deleuze. We will also make an attempt to place BDSM in a frame of attachment theory and modern social cognitive neuroscience, therefore, consider BDSM as a phenomenon not narrowed down to the sphere of sexuality. Finally, we will consider BDSM as a part of existential therapy and its practical therapeutic applications. The course will end with a guest lecture of renowned scholar Prof. Kevin Boileau
Critical Psychology: Foundations and Overview
This introductory seminar reviews the foundations of critical psychology and provides an overview of contemporary work in critical and liberation psychology. Topics include Marxist psychology and psychoanalysis; critiques of mainstream, popular, and humanistic psychologies; rethinking the psyche and subjectivity; ideology theory; liberation psychology; and the implications of critical psychology for activism and social change work. This is the first of four seminars in a series leading to the GCAS Certificate in Critical Psychology. The other seminars include, for example, Radical Ecopsychology; Decolonizing Psychology; Critical Community Psychology, and Marxism and Psychology. Some familiarity with mainstream psychology is assumed. See info on the four sessions that make up the seminar for details on topics and readings.
Child. Trauma. Love.
In this class, we will develop a rather pessimistic understanding of life and love as a flow of destruction, chaos and beauty. We will consider psychoanalytic conception of childhood as intrinsically connected with traumatization and will further broaden Malabou’s account of destructive plasticity. We will also make an attempt to depatolize stress and depression, perceiving both as fundamentally important life experiences. Furthermore, we will substitute sexuality (seen in traditional psychoanalysis as a core of human being) with more scientifically sound concept of sociality and will present it as driven by a traumatic experience. The course will focus on six key concepts: trauma, childhood, love, stress, destructive plasticity, sexuality, sociality.
Psychoanalysis, Philosophy and Neuroscience
Freud began his career as a promising neurologist but found the neurological science of his day was not advanced enough to answer his questions. Although he believed that attempts to bring together neurology and psychoanalysis would be premature at his time, he always admired biology, thinking of it as of “a land of unlimited possibilities”, and he had no doubt that a fruitful conjunction of neurology and psychoanalysis will be possible in the future. In this course, we will explore recent attempts to bring together neuroscience, psychoanalysis and philosophy, relying widely on works of the most prominent contemporary thinker in this field, Catherine Malabou. The course will focus on four key concepts: plasticity, cerebrality, trauma and wonder.