Tue 23 May 2023 (19:30-21:30)
Join us for a presentation of Disorganisation & Sex (Divided, 2022) by Jamieson Webster in conversation with publishers Eleanor Ivory Weber and Camilla Wills.
19:30 - 20:00 Presentation by Jamieson Webster
20:00 - 21:00 Conversation with Jamieson, Eleanor Ivory Weber and Camilla Wills
About Disorganisation & Sex
Disorganisation & Sex argues that the sexuality of psychoanalysis is not a reductive biologism, but an archaic remainder that cannot be colonised, endlessly disorienting meaning in our everyday lives. It is our proximity to this terrain that undoes our most tedious habits, and opens onto something revelatory.
Never does the patient seem more ill than when they try to order associations into a logical tale. Classical analysis sees this in terms of a repudiation of sexuality: an attempt to avoid speaking from a place of desire. But why should psychoanalysis reduce everything to sex? If sex only ever achieves partial satisfactions, fragments of pleasure, its pursuit creates our subjectivity and our world.
About Jamieson Webster
Jamieson Webster is a psychoanalyst in New York City. She is the author of The Life and Death of Psychoanalysis (Karnac, 2011) and Conversion Disorder (Columbia University Press, 2018); she also co-wrote, with Simon Critchley, Stay, Illusion! The Hamlet Doctrine (Pantheon, 2013). She contributes regularly to Artforum, Spike Art Magazine, Apology and the New York Review of Books.