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Continental Psychoanalysis Module IV

Rohit Goel

Online via Zoom

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10 August - 7 September, 2022

Wednesdays and Saturdays 

August 10, 13, 17, 20, 24, 27, September 3, 7

INR 7,500 Participation

INR 10,000 Participation + Writing

6:30 PM IST - 8:30 PM IST 

Worldwide Registration Open

About the Course

When we’re asked, say, ‘How’s it going?’, we tend to respond either that we’re ‘tired’ or that we’re ‘busy’. But increasingly, these opposed answers are mutually implied and we hear their implication: ‘we’re tired because we’re busy’ or ‘we’re busy and so we’re tired’. Either way, activity and exhaustion seem destined for one another, a fate (pre)ordained by capitalism. In capitalist society, work is necessary and necessarily exhausting. But fatigue can be managed through capitalism itself, with the correct choice (also fatiguing!) of consumer goods: sleep (‘eight hours/night’, on a customized mattress), vacation, spa treatment, therapy, yoga, diet, exercise…  


If capitalism produces subjects that ‘rest’ on a vicious cycle of fatigue (lack) and busy-ness (excess), can we do anything to break this cycle?  Can we separate fatigue from work and accomplish a subjective repose of creative action, human movement in stillness, a rested action? This course pursues these questions, paying close mind to Marx, Freud, Levinas, and Lacan, the recent work of Joan Copjec, Darian Leader, and Alenka Zupančič, as well as to Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker’s early contemporary dance, Steve Reich’s sound, and Abbas Kiarostami’s film.   

About the Professor

Rohit Goel is Director/Professor of the Bombay Institute for Critical Analysis and Research (BICAR). He is the co-editor of Lacan contra Foucault: Subjectivity, Sex, Politics (Bloomsbury) and has taught courses in critical theory, historiography, and politics at the University of Chicago, Sciences Po Paris, the American University of Beirut, and Jnanapravaha Mumbai. Rohit received the Fulbright IIE and Center for Arabic Study Abroad (CASA) fellowships to pursue years of Arabic language study in Syria and was awarded the Fulbright DDRA and Andrew C. Mellon Fellowship for PhD dissertation research in primary sources in Lebanon. He completed his BA from Harvard College and, as Harvard University’s Paul Williams Fellow to Emmanuel College, was granted an MPhil in Social and Political Sciences from the University of Cambridge. 


Students will receive a Certificate of Completion upon successful attendance of a course or a Certificate of Completion and Letter of Evaluation if they successfully attend and complete the final assignment. Those who complete three courses (attendance and writing) in the Continental Psychoanalysis track over two calendar years are eligible for a BICAR Diploma in Continental Psychoanalysis.

Refund Policy

We will refund your mode of payment — minus a 25% processing fee — if you choose not to take this course after the first session. Or, you can ‘roll over’ your balance to another or future BICAR course without a fee deduction.


Our website payment portal will be up and running soon; till then, we can facilitate two modes of payment – either direct bank transfer to our Indian account for students registering from here in India or we also have a PayPal link for students registering from abroad. 


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