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The Zizekian Institute presents:
Richard A. Koenigsberg’s MASTERCLASS (Nov. 8, 2017)
“Ideology and Fantasy: Psychoanalytic Interpretation of Culture”
Dear Colleague,

I’m pleased to invite readers of the LSS Newsletter to participate in a MASTERCLASS with Dr. Koenigsberg sponsored by the Zizekian Institute (David Gabbard) on November 8, 2017 at 7pm.

Koenigsberg will present a psychoanalytic theory of culture, showing how ideologies allow unconscious desires and fantasies to make their way into the “external” world. Scroll down for a description of the MASTERCLASS.

Registration for the MASTERCLASS is now available. Simply click the button directly below. You will be taken to a registration page: enter your name and email address to hold a place. Space is limited, please register now, even if you are not absolutely sure you can be present the day of the event.

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Best regards,
Orion Anderson
Communications Director
Library of Social Science

The Zizekian Institute presents Richard Koenigsberg’s MASTERCLASS
Ideology and Fantasy: Psychoanalytic Interpretation of Culture
Norman O. Brown
Slavoj Žižek
Richard Koenigsberg
Norman O. Brown in Life Against Death: the Psychoanalytic Meaning of History (1959) aspired to wants to “reshape psychoanalysis into a “wider general theory of human nature, culture and history, to be appropriated by the consciousness of mankind as a new stage in the historical process of man’s coming to know himself.” The unconscious can become conscious, Brown says, only through “projection into the external world.” Culture exists to “allow us to project infantile fantasies into concrete reality, where they can be seen and mastered.”

In Sublime Object of Ideology (1989) and Mapping Ideology (2012)—and other books and articles—Slavoj Žižek states that ideology is not a dream-like illusion that we build to “escape insupportable reality,” rather is a “fantasy-construction which serves as a support for our reality itself.” In The Plague of Fantasies (2009), Žižek writes that the “unconscious mind—operating through fantasy—makes us susceptible to ideology.” Ideology may be viewed as a “waking dream,” acting upon us from the outside, but exerting its hold because it resonates with unconscious desires, fantasies and conflicts.

In Hitler’s Ideology: A Study in Psychoanalytic Sociology (1975) and The Psychoanalysis of Racism, Revolution and Nationalism (2011)—Richard Koenigsberg theorizes that ideologies exist as a modus operandi for the expression of fantasies that are shared by members of a population. Ideologies transform dimensions of psychic experience into elements of culture. Ideologies—like “funnels”—draw forth energy bound to unconscious fantasies—making this energy available for reality-oriented action. Political history enacts shared unconscious fantasies—through the vehicle of ideology.

What does it mean to understand reality as a dream that many people are having at the same time? Focusing on the ideologies of totalitarianism and anti-Semitism, this Master Class will explore how ideologies—as shared fantasies—structure our relationship to the “external” world.