The Ph.D. Program in History

at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York

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12-03 Catharsis & Projection: A Roundtable on Non-Oedipal Psychologies

Catharsis & Projection: A Roundtable on Non-Oedipal Psychologies and a Doll-Making Workshop


Catharsis  Projection Poster



Tuesday December 3, 2013

PANEL: 3:30 – 5:30 P.M.
WORKSHOP: 5:30 – 9:30 P.M.

Room 5414 CUNY Graduate Center
635 Fifth Avenue NY,NY


In her CUNY Graduate Center course, “Non-Oedipal Psychologies,” Sedgwick explored the work of Melanie Klein, Michael Balint, Christopher Bollas, and others—as well as perspectives from literature, art, and Buddhism—that emphasize the affective experience of relationships with all sorts of internal and external objects, rather than Freudian drives or the heteronormative family.

This roundtable focusses on the emotional and psychological significances of dolls, idols, talismans, and figural representations that can be used for symbol formation, projective and introjective identification, and other object relations.



Roundtable to be followed by a workshop open to all.

Materials for doll-making and other crafts will be provided, as will food and drink.

Stop by any time!