“SUBJECT AND MASSES” – 3rd Webinar

3rd Webinar:
"No Leader / No Masse: virtuality and contemporary group life in the shadow of Freud"

"From a community of citizens to a network of users: group life in the 21st century ”

9th April 2021 - at 18.00cet

Zoom Video Conference

On Friday 9th April at 18.00 CET continues the series of meetings “Subject and masses. Psychoanalysis and the politics of the unconscious”.

Guests of the third webinar two international speakers:

Fernando Castrillón with a speech entitled “No Leader / No Masse: virtuality and contemporary group life in the shadow of Freud”;

Benjamin Fong with a speech entitled “From a community of citizens to a network of users: group life in the 21st century ”.

They will talk about it with Sergio Benvenuto (discussant) and Raffaele Bracalenti (moderator).

A century later Freud’s “Group Psychology and the Analysis of the Ego”, digital commodity capitalism and hyper-modernity have served to undermine the position and properties of both leader and masses, with a ubiquitous screen-mediated virtuality that requires a reformulation of Freud’s initial ideas on the subject.

With Castrillòn’s speech we will examine the “virtual” nature of the contemporary “leader”, a social-media composite best exemplified by the figure of Trump.

With Fong’s speech we will talk about the future of capitalism, starting from the affirmation of the sociologist Wolfgang Streeck argues that in the neoliberal period “communities of citizens” have been replaced with “networks of users”, implying that neoliberalism has refashioned the meanings of both group and individual.”

The seminars in streaming will be held on the Video Conferencing  ZOOM platform. Simultaneous translation service will be available.

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Italy is certainly not the only country experiencing a growth in populism, but it is Italy that invites psychoanalysts, historians and philosophers, both in Italy and abroad, to reflect on current’s relationship between “Subject and Masses”.

One hundred years after the publication of Sigmund Freud’s Group Psychology and the Analysis of the Ego (Massenpsychologie und Ich-Analyse, Sigmund Freud, 1921), the Psychoanalytic Institute for Social Research (IPRS), the Institute of Advanced Studies in Psychoanalysis “Elvio Fachinelli” (ISAP), the European Journal of Psychoanalysis, the Institute for European Research in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy (IREP) and the Department of Dynamic and Clinical Psychology of Sapienza University, are launching a series of 15 free webinars to be held between 19th February and 18th December 2021 at 18:00 CET.


Maurizio Balsamo, Sergio Benvenuto, Matteo Bonazzi, Raffaele Bracalenti
Alessandra Campo, Arturo Casoni, Fernando Castrillon, Lorenzo Chiesa, Felice Cimatti, Cristiana Cimino, Luciano De Fiore, Giovanni De Renzis, Divya Dwivedi,  Benjamin Fong, Edmond Gilliéron, Stefano Guerra, Giovanni Leghissa, Federico Leoni, Franco Lolli,
Madera, Giacomo Marramao, Bruno Moroncini, Jean-Luc Nancy, Dany Nobus, Giovanni Orsina, Alex Pagliardini, Fabrizio Palombi, Riccardo Panattoni, Pietro Pascarelli, Massimo Recalcati, Rocco Ronchi, Davide Tarizzo, Paolo Virno.