When: Saturday 8th June 2024
Time: 19:30 – 21:00 BST
Where: Westminster Quakers 52 Saint Martin’s Lane London WC2N 4EA


While Freud once thought of humour as suffused with jouissance – with sexual and aggressive tension – he later felt that humour was subversive and has the power to challenge the super-ego which fuels jouissance. Of all the unconscious formations, humour is the most social. We always write a joke for somebody. It is a site of shared wit, pleasure and play. And yet, there is no joke without an element of repeated violence; an eye for destruction. Through looking at moments in the treatment of an adolescent boy, I will map the transformation of jouissance through humour, repetition and violence.


Jamieson Webster is a psychoanalyst in New York City. She is the author of Disorganisation & Sex (Divided, 2022), The Life and Death of Psychoanalysis (Karnac, 2011) and Conversion Disorder (Columbia University Press, 2018); she also co-wrote, with Simon Critchley, Stay, Illusion! The Hamlet Doctrine (Pantheon, 2013). She contributes regularly to Artforum, The New York Times and the New York Review of Books.

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