Psychoanalysis opens up a complex scene of thinking: be it with respect to an unconscious thinking, as articulated in Freud’s Interpretation of Dreams; be it in the form of negation (Verneinung), which Hyppolite calls “the very starting point of thought,” marking thinking as a peripheral structure; be it in thinking as postponement (“Denkaufschub”) and “experimental action” (“Probehandeln”), or be it with a view to the Rat Man, who attests to the indissoluble connection between thinking and obsession. Daniel Paul Schreber’s “not-thinking-of-thoughts” (“Nichtdenkungsgedanken”), which strive to disrupt “Denkzwang” (compulsive thinking), are further operations of a thinking, which, in becoming a problem for itself, comes to no end. Speaking here of a “scene of thinking” certainly has its justifications: it is an other scene (anderer Schauplatz) on which the episteme of the unconscious makes its appearance, indeed, with which thinking as a scenic act is presented along with the theatrical stage as an epistemic apparatus. The conference analyzes the dynamics, operations, appearances, and obsessions of such thinking—as it takes place within the spectrum of dream, compulsion, insomnia, and schizophrenia—on the one hand based on Freud’s texts, and on the other based on the nexus of psychoanalysis, literature, and philosophy, be it with a view to Descartes, Husserl, Foucault, Derrida, and Deleuze, or in constellations of Freud with Beckett, Thomas Bernhard, or Hannah Arendt.
This event will bring together faculty and students from NYU, Columbia, Princeton, Rutgers, and the psychoanalytic NYC community.
Please note: Sessions taking place at Deutsches Haus at NYU will be open to the general public. Attendance for break-out sessions will be limited to conference participants who have registered.
Events at Deutsches Haus are free and open to the public. If you would like to attend this event, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. As space at Deutsches Haus is limited, please arrive ten minutes prior to the event to ensure you get a good seat. Thank you!