NYU Postdoc Colloquium – “The Oblique Angle: Psychoanalysis and the View from the Side” Marilyn Charles (Sept 20, 2014)

The Bernard N. Kalinkowitz Memorial Lecture
Honoring the deceased members of the Postdoctoral community

The Oblique Angle: Psychoanalysis and the View from the Side

Marilyn Charles, Ph.D., ABPP

Marilyn Charles is a staff psychologist at the Austen Riggs Center and a psychoanalyst in private practice in Stockbridge, MA. She is affiliated with Harvard University and several psychoanalytic institutes, and serves as Contributing Editor of Psychoanalysis, Culture, and Society and on the editorial boards of a number of psychoanalytic journals. As the Co-Chair of the Association for the Psychoanalysis of Culture and Society (APCS) and President-Elect of Division 39 (Psychoanalysis) of the American Psychological Association, she is actively engaged in mentoring and promoting community involvement for those in the helping professions, and supports psychoanalytic training, outreach, and research initiatives. Her own research focuses on creativity, psychosis, and resilience. Charles has presented her work nationally and internationally, publishing over 80 articles and book chapters and four books: Patterns: Building Blocks of Experience (Analytic Press, 2002), Constructing Realities: Transformations through Myth and Metaphor (Rodopi, 2004), Learning from Experience: a Guidebook for Clinicians (Analytic Press, 2004), and Working with Trauma: Lessons from Bion and Lacan (Jason Aronson, 2012). ). Currently in progress: The Stories We Live: Life, Literature, and Psychoanalysis (Rowman & Littlefield).

About the Presentation from Marilyn Charles:
I am intrigued by Lacan’s notion of the oblique angle, the view from the side, in part because of the inherent mystery of seeing beyond our limits and also because of ways in which women have been placed as the object of a gaze that is not their own. From that perspective, the woman is in the ‘sinister position,’ coming from the side. As a left-handed person in a right-handed world, caught up in emotions opposed by the constraining conventionality esteemed in my family, I have often felt that I stand ‘outside the gates,’ speaking towards an authority that is not my own, hoping to be authorized by someone who fails to understand me. Therefore, this issue of what stands between the subject and her object remains a compelling question, a clinical dilemma captured by Lacan’s diagram in which the analyst looks from the side to view what stands between the person and the projection of self imposed precisely because of beliefs that keep her from more truly being. We try to capture ourselves from various angles, looking for keys to a mystery we are terrified to reveal. The gaze from the oblique angle catches us in our games, busy pretending that if we close our eyes tightly enough we cannot be seen. The appeal of the oblique angle is also an aesthetic one, capturing a movement in the dance, a moment in the mystery. A case will be offered to explore what this oblique angle may both hide and reveal.

Date: Saturday, September 20, 2014
Time: 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM
Location: D”Agostino Hall-Lipton Hall, NYU Law School, 110 West Third Street, NYC.

Complimentary coffee and cake will be provided.

Coordinators: Maureen O’Reilly Landry, Ph.D. and Spyros D. Orfanos, Ph.D., ABPP



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