Courses

Fall 2016

  HA 298 | CCN: 16481

Unconscious Perception A Mini-Course and Residency with Christopher Bollas at the Townsend Center for the Humanities

Whitney Davis,

Wednesday | 5:15 - 7:15pm

The seminar and residency will explore the work of the most influential psychoanalyst writing in English today, Christopher Bollas, who will be scholar-in-residence at the Townsend Center in the first week of November 2016. Bollas is widely known for his pioneering, polymathic, and maverick investigations of unconscious perception of objects and the object world, including human beings—work that has been highly suggestive for many domains of the humanities and social sciences—and more recently for his exploration of fractured unconsciousness (anxiety, hysteria, breakdown, and schizophrenia). Prior to Bollas’s visit, we will discuss his published works (including The Freudian Moment, The Shadow of the Object, Being a Character, and When the Sun Bursts: The Enigma of Schizophrenia) as well as forthcoming and in-progress work that he will provide. Students will present their own projects to the group, and will develop questions to be tabled for seminars with Bollas himself and for one-on-one meetings with him during his residency.

The three advance seminars will be convened by Professor Whitney Davis (History of Art) and Professor Alan Tansman (East Asian Languages and Cultures, and Director of the Townsend Center), and will meet on three Wednesdays (September 21 and October 5 and 18) from 5:15 – 7 p.m. Participants must attend all three sessions, participate in one-on-one meetings with Bollas, and attend the associated public events of his residency that take place daily from October 31 through November 4.

The mini-course is open to graduate students in any program, for 1-unit credit. Advance communication with and permission of the instructors required (wmdavis@berkeley.edu and tansmana@berkeley.edu).