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Camille Robcis
Camille Robcis
(History, Cornell University)
In this talk, Camille Robcis (History, Cornell) traces the history of institutional psychotherapy, a psychiatric reform movement born in France after World War II that had an important influence on many doctors and intellectuals, including Félix Guattari, Frantz Fanon, Georges Canguilhem, and Michel Foucault.

Anchored in Marxism and in Lacanian psychoanalysis, institutional psychotherapy advocated a radical transformation of the theory and practice of psychiatric care to ultimately revolutionize society. As the war, fascism, and colonialism had made clear, occupation was not just a physical condition: it was also a state of mind. To quote Foucault, fascism was not only a political system: it was also “in our heads,” what “causes us to love power, to desire the thing that dominates and exploits us.” In this process of psychic and political “dis-alienation,” these thinkers argued that psychiatry—and a politics of the psyche more generally—could play a key role.

Friday, March 10
3:30 pm, Curtin 175

Brown bag lunch seminar
Friday, March 10
12 noon Curtin 939
Reading: Camille Robcis, "The Biopolitics of Dignity" (PDF)



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Please join us April 27 through 29 for our annual conference, The Big No, which continues our annual theme of Naysaying. The conference is free and open to the public.

What does no say? Who and what says no?

No’s eruptive force transforms the argumentative landscape. From two-year old children to mature nation-states, the interruptive immediacy of naysaying can occur at surprising and inconvenient moments. From Thoreau to Gandhi to Marcuse, the will to nothing has provided a source of individual and collective creation.

No can be a language of protest and overcoming. Its power operates across lines of disciplines and ideology, across modes of writing and the refusal to write. Negation can resist or avoid authority, or can identify and highlight forces which insist on forms of complicity and agreement.

The conference will have over three dozen speakers spread across a dozen breakout sessions, and will feature plenary talks by Joshua Clover, Katerina Kolozova, François Laruelle, Ariana Reines, and Frank B. Wilderson III.

April 27–29, 2017
Curtin 175 and environs

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