With Desire: Symposium

The Canadian Network for Psychoanalysis and Culture (CNPC)


What is the calamitous effect of achieving what we desire? What happens in the aftermath of actually getting what we ‘want’? Are we ever satisfied? Is satisfaction what we are after? Or is it the pursuit that we desire? In the process of achieving satisfaction, what are we obliterating? Maybe we don’t know what we want, and is that so… terrible? Or is it that we can’t get it, and if we do, we don’t want it anymore. Why is there so much pain in not having… not filling… not naming… dreading?


9:30 – 10:00 Registration
10:00 – 10:15 Welcome
10:15 – 11:15


Panel 1 – Desire in language 

Beau Molnar, “Working With Desire: Gender Ambiguity in Sex Work Memoir”

Elena Basile, “A Scene of Intimate Entanglement, or, Reckoning with the ‘fuck’ of Translation.”

Kathleen Saint-Onge, “Dolto & the Dream-work of Words”

11:15 – 11:30 Break
11:30 – 12:30


Panel 2 – Economies of desire

Kristine Klement, “Feminine desire beyond Maternity in Todd Haynes’ Carol”

James Penny, “Desire, Fetishism, and the Digital Machine”

Sheena Yates, “The Analyst’s Desire, Interrupted”

12:30-1:45 Lunch Break (No Host) with film screening – A special screening of “Gabey and Mike: A Jewish Summer Camp Love Story”, A film by Stephanie Markowitz and Alexis Mitchell
1:45 – 2:45


Panel 3 – Queer futures

Melissa Nesrallah “We Are Not A Conquered People”: A Tribe Called Red as Radical Hope, Queer Futurity, and Musical In(ter)vention”

Dina Georgis, “The Queer Desire of Hope”

Ricky Varghese, “Endings: Desire and the Queer Child”

2:45 – 3:00 Break
3:00 – 4:00 Panel 4 – Tormented by desire

Trish Salah, “desire incognito, or on going to ground”

Lindsay Barton, “The Violence of Reverie: An Exploration of Xavier Dolan’s ‘Mommy’”

Agniezska Gozlan, “Strained by desire; The violence of conflict”



$20 in advance and $25 at the door.
Payment can be made by Cheque or eTransfer and made payable to The Canadian Network for Psychoanalysis and Culture. If paying by eTransfer, please email registration details and payment to agozlan@gozlanpsych.com. If paying by cheque, please mail registration details and payment to:
The Canadian Network for Psychoanalysis and Culture
507 Davenport Road,
Toronto, ON M4V 1B8

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