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DESW Lectures: Imagining Inclusion - Lacanian Subjectivation and Inclusive Practice

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Speaker: Dr. Mai-Anh Boger (Universität Regensburg)
Event date: Tuesday, 07 March 2023 04:00 pm - 06:00 pm
Place: Belval Campus, Maison des Sciences Humaines (MSH), 1st floor – Conference Room 1.240

Lecture in the framework of the DESW Lecture Series

As it is considered common sense in psychoanalysis, Lacanian theories of subjectivation accentuate the unpleasant aspect of being trapped in a subjective form and its repetitions rather than focusing on the ‘positive’ and light-hearted songs of freedom of what is deemed to be only a historically contingent social construction.

This ‘pessimistic’ accent shifts the focus to mechanisms of internalisation of oppression; it refers to dynamics in which the imagination that one is ‘subversive’, ‘resistant’ or has created or experienced a discrimination-free space of ‘inclusion’, keeps disintegrating.

In the terms of Lacanian psychoanalysis, the lecture will unfold why every imagination of inclusion contains a momentum of misrecognition. Every image (of  inclusion) will miss a point, it will fall short of something. At the same time, we must continue to imagine, to dream of a better world.

Prof. Dr. Boris Traue
Institute of Social Research and Interventions, University of Luxembourg


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