Symposium: Dis-Ordered Eating / Discussion: Public Emotions / Lecture: Riccardo Steiner
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Camille brRobcis
Lecture, 23 Apr 2018, 19:30

Philosophy, Politics, and Radical Psychiatry in France

This talk will explore the history of institutional psychotherapy, a psychiatric reform movement born in France after the Second World War. Anchored in Marxism and in Lacanian psychoanalysis, institutional psychotherapy advocated a radical restructuring of the asylum in order to transform the theory and practice of psychiatric care, truly ‘disoccupy’ the minds of patients, and ultimately revolutionize society.


Part of the workshop Radical Psychiatry, Psychoanalysis, and 1968


Organized by Sarah Marks (Birkbeck, University of London) and Hannah Proctor (ICI Berlin) in collaboration with Birkbeck’s Hidden Persuaders project, funded by the Wellcome Trust



Dis-Ordered brEating
Symposium, 27 Apr 2018, 10:00 - 21:00


Much has been made of the influence of media and fashion on the proliferation of eating disorders (ED): The glamorization of skinny and ephebic bodies is blamed for the quasi-epidemic spread of anorexia among young women, and hence the core of ED is often understood to be profoundly mimetic. Yet this link between ED and issues of representation extends even to its most clinical definitions and their inherent difficulties. While ED do affect bodies and gestures, their symptomatology remains elusive. ED thus often appear as disorders constructed around socially conditioned invisibilities.

Keynote by Susie Orbach

Organized by Clio Nicastro and Nadine Hartmann

Please note: there is no need to register for the evening lecture. However, the symposium – due to a limited number of seats – requires prior registration.

Lecture, 27 Apr 2018, 19:30

The Economy of the Body

Susie Orbach is a psychotherapist, writer, and co-founder of The Women’s Therapy Centre in London and New York. She lectures widely in the UK, Europe, and North America, has written for several magazines and newspapers, and has provided consultation advice for organisations from the Government and the NHS (National Health Service) to the World Bank.

Part of the symposium Dis-Ordered Eating

Organized by Clio Nicastro and Nadine Hartmann

KV Public Emotions
Discussion, 3 May 2018, 18:00

Affective Collectivity in Audiences

Politische Reden, Theaterperformances, Fernsehshows, Facebookposts, Konzerte, Sportevents – derart heterogene und in vielerlei Hinsicht nicht vergleichbare soziale und kulturelle Phänomene haben eines gemeinsam: Sie wenden sich an ein Publikum, benötigen und konstituieren dieses. Die Tagung widmet sich gegenwärtigen Erscheinungsformen von Publika und untersucht, welche Rolle diese in heutigen mobilen, medialisierten und vernetzten Gesellschaften spielen.

Collaborative Research Center SFB 1171 Affective Societies –Dynamics of Social Coexistence in Mobile Worlds at Freie Universität Berlin, in cooperation with ICI Berlin


Organized by Doris Kolesch and Hubert Knoblauch

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Riccardo brSteiner
Lecture, 6 May 2018, 11:00


26th Karl Abraham Lecture


In his lecture, Riccardo Steiner will sketch how some of the pioneers of British psychoanalysis tried to apply psychoanalysis to understand sociopolitical and historical issues during the first decades of the last century. Apart from Freud’s and Ferenczi’s work, he will focus on some papers of Ernest Jones, Edward Glover’s famous book War, Sadism and Pacifism (1932, 1947) and Roger Money-Kyrle’s Psychoanalysis and Politics (1951).

An event of the Berlin Psychoanalytic Institute (Karl Abraham Institute), in cooperation with the ICI Berlin

Christoph brBreuer
Exhibition, 16 May - 12 Jun 2018

Clair obscur

Christoph Breuer transposes chiaroscuro into the realm of colour, focussing on bright subjects in a muted field. Everyday objects such as pills, knives and gloves become unsettling in settings that are far from everyday. Human figures unfold a strange presence, even though their heads are covered with a scarf or motorcycle helmet.

16 May 2018
ICI Library

ICI Berlin, curated by Claudia Peppel





Aura und Experiment

Aura und Experiment
Naturwissenschaft und Technik
bei Walter Benjamin

Publications Conatus und Lebensnot

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Schlüsselbegriffe der Medienanthropologie



Lecture Michelle M. Wright

Michelle M.

1968  brund die Krise der Demokratie

und die Krise der Demokratie

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