A big thank you to the entire editorial board of the European Journal of Psychoanalysis, and in particular Sergio Benvenuto, whose encouraging words and attention to detail helped shepherd this special issue into existence. Working with Jamieson Webster on this project proved to be a marvelously enriching experience. Our constant online dialogue and frequent bouts of hilarity made an already interesting project all the more worthwhile. I feel fortunate to be able to call upon her as a friend and a colleague. I would also like to thank my colleagues at the Lacanian School of Psychoanalysis in Berkeley, California; my exchanges with Philippe Gendrault, Benjamin Davidson, Marcelo Estrada, Raul Moncayo, Thomas Marchevsky, and Roberto Lazcano informed my views and sensibilities. My ongoing conversations with Néstor Braunstein and Bruce Fink also proved invaluable. I also wish to thank my students (both current and former) and supervisees at the California Institute of Integral Studies; in particular, Danella Biondini, Nicole Hsiang and Benjamin Greene. By way of closing, I give a special thanks to the various translators that worked with us on this issue: Stephen Haswell Todd, Cécile G. McKenna, Laura Tarsia, Anne Dunand and Francesca Passacantando.
I would like to thank the ISAP, Institute for Advanced Studies in Psychoanalysis, as well as the IPRS, the Psychoanalytic Institute for Social Research, whose conference “Anorexia, Borderline, Hysteria” was the impetus behind organizing this special issue. In particular, I must thank Sergio Benvenuto, Arturo Casoni, and Raffaele Bracalenti, for their gracious invitation to this conference, for their discussions of my work, and for hosting me in Rome where I was finally able to see Caravaggio in the flesh. As well, I would like to thank Das Unbehagen which has proved an amazing resource for extending this special issue, from helping us find translators, editorial assistants, and having at our disposal a series of amazing talks centering on the question of feminine pathology, especially in connection to the conference “Psychoanalysis on Ice” which hosted a panel on hysteria. Finally, I would like to thank Matthew Oyer for his tireless editorial and organization help on this issue, and for his dedication to thinking through the value of hysteria for psychoanalysis today.
I’d like to add a disclosure to these acknowledgments: Fernando Castrillón and I have never met in person. I know him primarily through email; I got to hear his voice on a couple of occasions. I also know that he takes trips to the mountains without any access to technology, which I admired as I plodded away on this issue while on vacation. Working with him has been an absolute pleasure, with a certain ease and intimacy that comes when there is a lack of painful jouissance that one often encounters in an endeavor like organizing an issue of a journal. I look forward to meeting him in person some day soon.