Philadelphia Lacan Study Group

Saint Agatha, by Tiepolo

Saint Agatha, by Tiepolo

The Ecstacy of St. Teresa, by Gian Lorenzo Bernini

The Ecstacy of St. Teresa, by Gian Lorenzo Bernini

Oedipus

Oedipus explains the riddle of the Sphinx, by J. A. D. Ingres

Detail of Saint Lucy, by del Cossa

Detail of Saint Lucy, by del Cossa

Thursday, October 14, 2010 (6:30 to 7:30 pm)

SPECIAL PRESENTATION

A dialogue with Néstor Braunstein
Renowned psychoanalyst & prolific author.

“Where, when and how is the memory machine set into motion? What degree of fidelity—of authencity—does our first memory contain? Is it something that really happened or is it a foundational myth that we appeal to, recovering it from a dark and unknowable past in response to our current needs? What significance does it have, what meaning can be retroactively given to the moment at which the movie of memory begins? How does that first island emerge, protruding from the ocean of infantile amnesia?” (from Memory and Dread)

Dr. Néstor Braunstein is an Argentinian psychoanalyst who lives and works in Mexico. He has published important books on Freud and Lacan. His recent book (Memoria y espanto o el recuerdo de infancia, Siglo XXI: 2008, Memory and Dread or the Memory of Childhood, Jorge Pinto: 2010) discusses the literary narrative of memory in a very original manner. Conjugating the banal and the terrifying, since “memory starts with dread” Braunstein takes the reader on a “safari hunting for first memories.” From the role of screen memories to that of traumatic memories, Braunstein shows how remembrances impact Freud’s entire theory of psychoanalysis as well as the work of many writers. He discusses for instance Julio Cortazar, Jorge Luis Borges, Garcia Marquez, Jean Piaget, Elias Canetti, and the Catalan writer Nuria Amat. He has written as well on authors like Woolf, Joyce, Perec and Nabokov. Dr. Braunstein will speak in English. This presentation comes to La Casa Latina on October 14, 2010, 6:30 to 7:30pm.

ARCH Building, 2nd floor, Fireside Room
3601 Locust Walk, University of Pennsylvania

Refreshments will be served
Co-sponsored by La Casa Latina, Mex@Penn, Latino Coalition.