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    • May 21, 2021
    • 5:15 PM - 6:30 PM (CDT)
    • Zoom - Registration not required.

    MPSI Meets:
    Hysterical Laughter

    Friday, May 21, 5:15-6:30 PM

    No cost to attend
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    Have you ever laughed so "hysterically" that you just couldn't stop? And what does it mean to describe laughter itself as "hysterical"? It was not until the end of the nineteenth century that this now familiar turn of phrase became strongly associated with pleasure or enjoyment. Prior to that time, hysterical laughter was the last thing you'd ever want to experience with your body. It especially afflicted vulnerable women suffering from unresolvable mixed feelings. 

    In this talk, I will detail laughter's hysterical turn: from isolated misery to the love of uproarious company. With reference to hysterical laughter, I will reveal how psychoanalysis emerged from this very ambiguity between forbidden pleasures and traumatic symptoms. Finally, we'll zoom out and think about the resurgence of gaslighting hysteria and endemic enjoyment in twenty-first century media culture. 
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    PRESENTER
    Maggie Hennefeld is Associate Professor of Cultural Studies and Comparative Literature and McKnight Presidential Fellow at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. She is author of Specters of Slapstick and Silent Film Comediennes (Columbia University Press, 2018), and co-editor of Cultural Critique and of two volumes, Unwatchable (Rutgers University Press, 2019) and Abjection Incorporated: Mediating the Politics of Pleasure and Violence (Duke University Press, 2020).

    DISCUSSANT
    Corbin Quinn, MSW, PhD, LGSW, is currently a MPSI Clinical Fellow in the Psychotherapy Center and therapist at Emerge, a psychodynamic group practice in Minneapolis. Prior to switching to a career in adult mental health, Corbin taught languages, literature, and film for fifteen years at both the high school and college level.
    Maggie Hennenfeld


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    • June 06, 2021
    • 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM (CDT)
    • Zoom

    Please join the MPSI Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Training Program for their Open House on Sunday, June 6 from 2-3 pm.  

    Email Kim Rorie to RSVP and to receive the Zoom Link.  

    Click here for more details to the 2021 PPTP Open House 

Past events

May 01, 2021 MPSI and STILLPOINT Magazine Host: Hysterical Girl: A conversation with filmmaker Kate Novack
March 26, 2021 MPSI Clinical Moments - SELDOM GREY: WORKING IN THE REALM OF RACIAL AND ETHNIC DYNAMICS
February 26, 2021 MPSI Meets: The silent suicide epidemic of farmers
January 16, 2021 “Radical Openness, Otherness, and Ethical Considerations in the Coparticipatory Process of Psychoanalysis”
July 31, 2020 MPSI Meets: Psychotherapy & Covid-19
July 17, 2020 New Members: Online Trivia Event
June 26, 2020 MPSI Meets: A Community Dialogue on Racial Injustice and Recent Events
June 12, 2020 MPSI Recognition Event
June 07, 2020 Open House: Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Training Program
June 06, 2020 Clinical Moments
May 01, 2020 POSTPONED Celebration and Fundraising Gala
April 19, 2020 Postponed: Clinical Moments
April 05, 2020 The Dieperink Prize Paper Presentation has been Postponed
March 22, 2020 Postponed: Clinical Moments
March 08, 2020 MPSI Spring Conference with Ethan Grumbach
January 19, 2020 Clinical Moments January 19, 2020
December 08, 2019 Professional Wills
November 17, 2019 Clinical Moments November 17, 2019
October 20, 2019 Clinical Moments
September 06, 2019 MPSI Psychotherapy Center 10 Year Anniversary Party
May 18, 2019 2019 Spring Celebration and Recognition Event
April 30, 2019 MPSI Board Meeting
April 02, 2019 EC Meeting
March 14, 2019 PPTP Committee Meeting
March 12, 2019 Executive Committee Meeting
March 09, 2019 Conversations at the Edge: Ethical Dilemmas in Psychoanalysis
January 27, 2019 Dieperink Writing Prize Paper Presentation
October 14, 2018 Sundays at Burch - Zeitner private conference
October 13, 2018 MPSI Fall Conference: PRINCIPLES OF PSYCHOANALYTIC COUPLE THERAPY: FOR ANALYSTS AND THERAPISTS WHO PRACTICE IT, AND THOSE WHO WON’T
May 19, 2018 MPSI Spring Celebration
March 11, 2018 Dieperink Prize event


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