Hysteria in the 21st Century

Hysteria in the 21st Century

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Avila Carmelite Centre (Discalced Carmelites)

Morehampton Road

D04 YF66 Dublin 4


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Study Day and Book Launch of Dr. Charles Melman's seminal work 'Studies on Hysteria Revisited' translated by Helen Sheehan.

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Hysteria in the 21st Century

"Where have all the flowers gone"? asked Peter, Paul and Mary in 1960's America.

Today, we may well ask:, where have all the hysterics gone?

Since Antiquity, efforts have been made to put an end to their blooming but ever reborn, ever renewed hysteria continues to disturb and to question us and in like manner we continue to resist as Lacan emphasizes by not wanting to know anything about it. It's suppression from the D.S.M. is the latest line of defense against this entity which implicates each and every one of us. Suppression as the D.S.M. testifies ensures that it makes its appearance elsewhere, in many unexpected places, under different guises.

This Study Day will serve, not as "roman à clef designed for our delectation" (Freud, 1905) but will urge us to consider "that long time passing" into what we now call the 21st Century.

We may engage in the refrain begun by this gentle song of protest in stereotypical "hysterical" fashion - "when will they (we) ever learn"? which has been systematically explored by Dr. Melman in his book Studies on Hysteria Revised.

But, let us be aware as Dr. Melman makes clear, "the ethics of psychoanalysis is not of the order of a recipe, of a remedy".

Contributors on the Day:

Dr. Charles Melman

Helen Sheehan

Dr. Gerard Amiel

Glenn Brady

Tom Dalzell

Omar Guerrrero

Malachi McCoy

Stephanie Metcalfe

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