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White Society Colloquium: Laplanche's Unconscious
Discussant: Avgi Saketopoulou, PhD
Friday, March 23, 2018, 8pm-9:30pm
Born in NYC, Jonathan was a child of the 60s who went to university all over the place but found it more congenial to be active politically than to do course work. When it became apparent that the revolution wasn’t happening any time soon, and accepting that certain neurotic inhibitions preclude an academic career, he decided to be a doctor. He became an internist believing that would be more socially useful than fulfilling a dream to become a psychoanalyst (which, he figured, might mostly be based on positive transference.) Before specializing in hematology/oncology he took a year off to work for the labor movement. The year turned into a decade. When he returned to medicine he decided to become a psychoanalyst but first to do a residency in in psychiatry so he could sell drugs if analysis didn’t work out. It turned out he liked psychiatry, but still pushed on to do analytic training.
These days Jonathan splits his time between clinical work, teaching at Columbia’s Institute for Comparative Literature and Society – Freud in the Fall; Laplanche in the Spring – and working for The Unconscious in Translation where he has translated, co-translated and/or edited translations of the work of Jean Laplanche, Dominique Scarfone, J.-B. Pontalis, Hélène Tessier and others. He was appointed by Laplanche to the Conseil Scientifique of Fondation Laplanche where he is responsible for the English translations.