vendredi 11 septembre 2015
The Greening of Psychoanalysis : An International Homage to André Green
Friday 18 and Saturday 19 September 2015
Institute of Psychoanalysis, Byron House, Maida Vale, London W9 2BT
Jan Abram (UK), Litza Guttieres-Green (France), Gregorio Kohon (UK), Michael Parsons (UK), Rosine Jozef Perelberg (UK), Jed Sekoff (USA), Fernando Urribarri (Argentina)
Green’s work constitutes a paradigmatic shift in psychoanalysis. Green drew a clear distinction between neurotic and borderline patients, each type conforming to a different psychic organisation, and requiring alternative ways of analytic listening. Bion and Winnicott have been highly influential in his work, in addition to Freud, as he was deeply impressed by their clinical and theoretical innovations. Nevertheless, two different contemporary paradigms derived from his writings have been established: one assumes the existence of an object, be it good or bad, benign or malignant, present or absent, from the beginning of life. In the second paradigm, the very question of representation, a basic function of the mind, has been expanded, its understanding having become somewhat more complex. It is now possible to ponder how a memory is capable of not being represented: the original object may not have existed or it might not have been registered as a presence in the psyche of the subject. Such patients cannot symbolise the trauma nor can they contain the destructiveness present in their predicament.
Throughout this day and a half, leading international thinkers in contemporary psychoanalysis will offer their reflections on the way Andre Green has influenced their clinical work and theoretical developments.