Love & War in a Sad Time: Philosophical and Psychoanalytic Inventions – with Bracha Ettinger

Session 1 – April 10, 2022

War has now become our reality. It is no longer a ‘knowledge’ transmitted to us from history books and assessed as if from a calm distance. We cannot escape its horrors. Millions of people lost their homes, thousands were killed – and violence continues. A painful knowledge is actively constructed by each one of us, shared through our conversations. This three-weeks philosophical and psychoanalytic lecture and discussion series will explore the following two questions: (1) what knowledge is relevant to what is at stake in times of war?, and (2) how can love survive a war? Join us as we try to invent a way to address war in a time of war.


Bracha L. Ettinger, PhD, is a visual artist, writer, philosopher and training psychoanalyst whose work on what she named the feminine matrixial (matricial) space in 1985 revolutionized the field of contemporary philosophy and post-Lacanian psychoanalysis. Selected papers from the 1990s appeared in the books The Matrixial Borderspace, Proto-ethical Matricial, and Matrixial Subjectivity, Aesthetics, Ethics. Her artworks are currently exhibited at the Castello di Rivoli, Torino and the Tel Aviv Museum of Art.

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European Journal of Psychoanalysis