Colloquium 27

"Turning up the Heat: Enigmatic and Pragmatic Registers of Sex and Desire"

Title/Paper: Touch Me, Know Me: The Enigma of Erotic Longing
Author: Galit Atlas
Dates: Monday, November 9 - Sunday, November 22 , 2015

Steven Knoblauch & Alejando Avila Espada


Shlomit Yadlin Gadot (Israel), Jill Straker (Australia), Jonathan Slavin (USA), Adrienne Harris (USA), Ann Pellegrini (USA), Stephen Hartman (USA), Andrea Celenza (USA), Rosario Castaño (Spain)

We are pleased to announce the upcoming IARPP colloquium in which we will discuss Galit Atlas’ paper, “Touch me, Know me: The enigma of erotic longing” (Psychoanalytic Psychology, 32 (1), 123-139. 2015)

This colloquium will run from Monday, November 9th through Sunday, November 22, 2015.

Moderators will be Steven Knoblauch and Alejandro Avila Espada.

Turning up the Heat: Enigmatic and Pragmatic Registers of Sex and Desire

Galit Atlas’ s work brings to life the subjects of sex and desire and offers a construction of sexuality as located in the dialectic tension between Enigmatic and Pragmatic dimensions. This chapter from her new book, “The Enigma of Desire: Sex, Longing, and Belonging in Psychoanalysis,” brings those inquiries into the analytic room. The clinical discussion of Ella’s case introduces ideas concerning desire and loss, mind and body, the analysts’ subjectivity, as well as longings, arousal, and dysregulation that are at the heart of sexuality. We invite participants to examine the psychological experience of sexual longing by thinking about and questioning long-held notions concerning sex, desire, and eroticism in and outside of the therapeutic relationship.

Dr. Galit Atlas is a psychoanalyst, creative arts therapist and clinical supervisor in private practice in New York City. She is on the faculty at NYU Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis, faculty at the Four Year Adult and National Training Programs at NIP, and faculty at the Institute for Expressive Analysis. She serves on the editorial board of Psychoanalytic Perspectives, is on the board of directors of the Division (39) of psychoanalysis, APA, and is the author of articles and book chapters that focus primarily on gender and sexuality. Atlas writes essays elucidating psychoanalysis for the general public, published in the New York Times, Tablet and more. Her book, “The Enigma of Desire- Sex, Longing and Belonging in Psychoanalysis” will be published by Routledge’s Relational Perspectives Book Series in November.

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