Disturbing the Sleep of the World: PSYCHOANALYSIS, SOCIAL AWAKENING & RADICAL POLITICS. the 2023-2024 Colloquium Series
The 2023-2024 COLLOQUIUM SERIES OPENING EVENT, presented by the Psychoanalytic Society of the William Alanson White Institute
Resurrecting the Erotic: Towards an Ethics of Life through “the” Subversive Feminist Revolt of Our Times in Iran
GOHAR HOMAYOUNPOUR, PsyD
DISCUSSANT: ISHEH BECK, PsyD
ABOUT TODAY’S TALK
In this talk, Gohar Homayounpour will attempt to compose a triptych overview of her three texts written since September 16th, 2022, following the radical feminine uprising in Iran. Her wish is to elaborate the resurrection of the erotic, a resurrection which has been at the very core of this subversive feminist revolt, of a birth of a new feminine epic hero, towards an ethics of life and its conditions.
The Birth of a New Female Epic Hero
A Revolt Against the Death Penalty
Abracadabra: on the poisoning of schoolgirls in Iran
“I believe that what we are observing in Iran is one of the most significant and subversive feminist movements of our times, one which I would go as far as to call a fourth wave feminism. We are observing the return of the repressed female body that refuses to be covered symbolically, and that says: face up to the fetishistic/phobic cause of your desire, and look at me, in my ordinariness, in my hunger for an ethics of woman, life, and freedom.”
ABOUT GOHAR HOMAYOUNPOUR, PsyD
Dr. Gohar Homayounpour is a psychoanalyst and Gradiva award-winning author. She is a member of the International Psychoanalytic Association, the American Psychoanalytic Association, the Italian Psychoanalytical society, and the National Association for the Advancement of Psychoanalysis. She is a Training and Supervising psychoanalyst of the Freudian Group of Tehran, of which she is founder and past president. She is also a member of the scientific board at the Freud museum in Vienna, and of the IPA group, Geographies of Psychoanalysis. Homayounpour has published numerous psychoanalytic articles and essays. Her first book, Doing Psychoanalysis in Tehran (2012, MIT) won the Gradiva award and has been translated into many languages. Her latest book is titled Persian Blues, Psychoanalysis and Mourning (2022, Routledge).
ABOUT ISHEB BECK, PsyD
Dr. Isheh Beck works as a psychologist in private practice in Philadelphia and is in psychoanalytic training at NYU’s Postdoctoral Program in Psychoanalysis. Her clinical and written work centers on experiences of female embodiment, mother-daughter relationships and biculturalism.