An Introduction to Death Objects in the Writings of Joshua Durban

A free lecture in preparation for the International Visiting Scholar weeklong visit by Joshua Durban, presented by Rachael Peltz, PhD.

January 31, 2019, 7:30-9:00pm

Joshua Durban, PINC’s 2019 International Visiting Scholar, comes to us from Israel, where he is a training and supervising child and adult psychoanalyst at the Israeli Psychoanalytic Society and Institute, and the Sackler School of Medicine. He specializes in the psychoanalysis of ASD and psychotic children and adults. His clinical work has lead him to writing about what he calls the “death object,” or unconscious and haunting expressions of death-in-life. This concept offers us a dynamic alternative to the age-old problem of destructiveness and what Rosenfeld and others referred to as “malignant” or "destructive narcissism.” Here Durban proposes a dynamic conceptual alternative in which un-metabolized death equivalents, often in the form of parental projections like those described in the “pipe child” paper we will be discussing, over-burden and over-ride the child’s experience of a life and body of ones own. Readings will include an interview with Robert Lifton by Cathy Caruth called “Giving Death its Due” (in Listening to Trauma: Conversations with leaders in the theory and treatment of Catastrophic Experience) and Durban’s “The Pipe Child”. Papers will be distributed upon registration for the pre-seminar.

Readings will be provided upon registration

January 31st, 2019 7:30 PM
530 Bush Street
Suite 700
San Francisco, CA 94108
United States
Phone: 415-288-4050
Admission (free) $ 0.00
CE Credits (1.5) $ 15.00