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Seminar of the Lacanian Orientation with members of the World Association of Psychoanalysis

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Body and Language in Eating Disorders

with Domenico Cosenza

The general axis for this Seminars for 2014/16 will be -in line with the forthcoming WAP Congress in Rio- “Language and the Body”.

In this Seminar we will seek to question the symptoms that descriptive psychiatry classifies as eating disorders – anorexia, bulimia and binge eating disorder – in the perspective of a Lacanian psychoanalytic approach.

The key points of this discussion will be the themes of the body and language in the clinic of anorexia, bulimia and psychogenic obesity.

These contemporary symptoms, which are so widespread in our times, can teach us much about the theme of the next Congress of the World Association of Psychoanalysis on ‘The Unconscious and the Speaking Body’.

The clinic of eating disorders forces us to question the status of the body in its narcissistic image, in its symbolic structure and in its functioning as place that condenses jouissance for the speaking being. Indeed, a negative passion for the mirror, a holophrastic dimension in the functioning of speech and language, and a limitless compulsive jouissance, are key factors in this field of the contemporary clinic.

Domenico Cosenza, psychologist and psychotherapist, PhD in Psychoanalysis fromthe University of Paris 8. Psychoanalyst in private practice in Milan, Italy. Analyst Member (AME) and current President of the Lacanian School of Psychoanalysis (SLP) and member of the World Association of Psychoanalysis (WAP). He teaches at the Clinical Section of Milan and in Spain, France and Italy, as wellas in the Department of Psychology at Pavia University. He has extensive experience working in clinical institutions for Eating Disorders and is current Vice-President of the FIDA [Italian Federation of Eating Disorders]. He is the author of many articles and several books published in Italian, Spanish and French, including Jacques Lacan e il problema della tecnica in psicoanalisi (Astrolabio, 2003); Il muro dell’anoressia (Astrolabio, 2008), La comida y el inconsciente. Psicoanalisis y trastornos alimentarios (Tres Haches, 2013); Introducción a la clinica psicoanalitica de la anorexia, bulimia y obesidad, Grama, 2014; Le refus dans l’anorexie (Presses Universitaires de Rennes, 2014).

Date: 6th February 2016

Time: 11am – 1pm

Venue: PSI, 2nd Floor Grantham House, Grantham Street, Dublin 2

Fee: €25 – Students/unwaged: €15

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