Psychoanalysis and Covidian Life: Common Distress, Individual Experience

Online talk with Howard B. Levine and Ana de Staal.

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25 April, 2021, 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

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Covidian Life

This talk will be delivered in French and English. As a result of the live translation, there will a slight delay in sending out the recording. The recording will be automatically sent to attendees once it is available, in due course.

The Covid-19 pandemic has greatly influenced the way in which psychoanalysis is practiced all over the world.

The Freud Museum is proud to welcome Howard B. Levine (US) and Ana de Staal (France) upon the release of their co-edited book Psychoanalysis and Covidian Life: Common Distress, Individual Experience (2021, Phoenix), which looks at the ways in which psychoanalysis has been effected by the global pandemic and how it has adapted to these conditions, with contributions by psychoanalysts living all over the world.

The talk will touch on the wide range of issues addressed in their book, from the changes imposed on the psychoanalytic frame (online sessions) to the impact of the trauma of isolation and the disruption of our social anchoring (required by confinement and health protection gestures), to the challenge presented to the ‘ordinary’ denial of mortality.

Psychoanalysis and Covidian Life: Common Distress, Individual Experience will be released by Phoenix Publishing in English, French and Brazilian Portuguese and is available from the Freud Museum Shop.



Howard B. Levine is a member of APSA, PINE, the Contemporary Freudian Society, on the faculty of the NYU Post-Doc Contemporary Freudian track, on the editorial boards of the International Journal of Psychoanalysis and Psychoanalytic Inquiry, editor-in-chief of the Routledge Wilfred Bion Studies Book Series, and in private practice in Brookline, Massachusetts. He has authored many articles, book chapters, and reviews on psychoanalytic process and technique and the treatment of primitive personality disorders. His co-edited books include On Freud’s Screen Memories (Karnac, 2014); The Wilfred Bion Tradition (Karnac, 2016); and André Green Revisited: Representation and the Work of the Negative (Karnac, 2018). He is the author of Transformations de l’irreprésentable (Ithaque, 2019) and the forthcoming Affect, Representation and Language: Between the Silence and the Cry (Routledge).

Ana de Staal is a psychoanalyst, member of the Freudian Psychoanalysis Society (SPF), and psychosomatist. Former editor-in-chief at the review Chimères, founded by Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari, she now runs Éditions d’Ithaque in France. She has translated and published the French editions of most of W. R. Bion’s seminars, as well as the works of important authors of contemporary psychoanalysis such as Thomas Ogden, Antonino Ferro, Christopher Bollas, and André Green. She works in private practice in Paris.


25 April, 2021
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Pay what you can.
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