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On Shame: Antigone, Draupadi, Radical Feminism

Continental Psychoanalysis Module V

Rohit Goel

Online via Zoom

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4 - 28 January 2023

Wednesdays and Saturdays 

January 4, 7, 11, 14, 18, 21, 25, 28

INR 7,500 Participation

INR 10,000 Participation + Writing

6:30 PM IST - 8:30 PM IST 

Worldwide Registration Open

About the Course

What do we mean when we say ’shame’? :  ‘Have you no shame’? ‘You’re shameless’! ‘I’m ashamed’. ‘Don’t be’! 


Should we or should we not have shame? This course explores the concept of shame from the ‘fall’, one version of the onset of humanity, until the contemporary, when the difference between shaming and being ashamed also seems to be without difference. We’ll explore the concept of ’shame’ through Freudian and Lacanian psychoanalysis, paying mind to Freud’s drive theory and Lacan’s ethics of psychoanalysis to interpret Sophocles’s Antigone and Mahasweta Devi’s Draupadi. Among others, we’ll read Alenka Zupančič’s new book on Antigone (Let them Rot: Antigone’s Parallax) and Joan Copjec’s foundational feminist analysis of the play (Imagine There’s No Woman), as well as Gayatri Spivak’s inspired interpretation of Devi’s Draupadi. We’ll try to chart a new feminism today, outside the claustrophobic parameters of identity politics.  

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.


To register, we can facilitate two modes of payment — either a direct bank transfer to our Indian account or we also have a PayPal link:

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