43 Gordon Sq.
Birkbeck, University of London
London WC1H 0PD
Sexual Difference and the Symbolic: What Future?
Speakers: Catherine Malabou (Kingston University) and Jacqueline Rose (Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities)
In psychoanalytic thinking, the symbolic is meant to secure the order of the world and of the mind. It is through the symbolic that sexual difference lays down its law. In this conversation, Catherine Malabou and Jacqueline Rose, both of whose writings have consistently engaged with this terrain, will discuss whether this model is still viable in modern times. Drawing on their shared and distinct research interests – from neuroscience to literary writing, from Kant to Melanie Klein, from plasticity to trans – they will address the question of the continuing relevance of psychoanalysis in a transforming world.