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series: connections and conversation

Connections and Conversation is a free monthly Zoom meeting, cultivating creativity and freedom of thought and feeling. We invite you to engage with our presenters and community as they share their interests and passions in conversation on current topics in psychoanalysis.

This free event that alternates times. The meeting begins with a 45 minute presentation followed by 45 minutes of conversation. This event is typically NOT recorded. If this changes, it will be announced at the meeting.

This series is open to all.

In case of questions please contact: [email protected]

On Breathing

Thursday, September 25th, 2025 from 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM PT

Derrida famously said that philosophy always unites speech and breath making it pneumatological, privileging spirit over matter. This question becomes more fascinating when looking at the history of psychoanalysis. Breuer, Fliess, Jung, Rank, Reich, and Ferenczi all touched on a question of breath, a moment that was identified by Freud as heretical, leading him to break violently from each of these figures. The choice was between breathing or Oedipus as the center of psychoanalytic work, between anxiety and symptom formation. What can breathing tell us about the unconscious and the talking cure?

Portrait of Jamieson Webster, PhD

Jamieson Webster, Ph.D.

Jamieson Webster is a psychoanalyst in New York City and a professor at The New School for Social Research. Her most recent book is Disorganization and Sex (Divided, 2022).

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CE Credit

Connections and Conversation is not eligible for any CE Credits
No one in the planning or presentation of this activity has any relevant financial relationships with a commercial interest to disclose.

Special Accommodations

Please submit any requests for Special Accommodations to the ICP Office prior to registering or at your earliest convenience to ensure that we are able to assist.

presentation vault

Watch recordings and download papers and slides from past Connections and Conversations and Decentralized Learning Experiences.