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2015 Programme

Event #16 BIS

Massimo Recalcati


There exist different mothers’ faces that no bestiary (mouth of crocodile, vampire, hen) could ever properly describe. Which is motherhood’s most potent lesson – its radical responsibility – now that the patriarchal representation of the mother is finally drawing its last, desperate breaths? The mother should not expect to cancel out the woman, as the patriarchal mentality demanded, nor can the woman erase the mother, as the hyper-modern, narcissistic depictions of women seem to indicate. What should never be forgotten, on the contrary, is the central role that motherly attention plays in life’s process of humanisation. These are not just any attentions, for they can be uniquely detailed, offering themselves not to life in general but to the life of their own child, by his own name. For this, but not solely for this, they are a stronghold against the absolute neglect that commands our age.



Massimo Recalcati, is a member of Società Milanese di Psicoanalisi (Psychoanalytical Society of Milan). He is the founder of Jonas - Centre of Psychoanalytic Clinical Practice for New Symptoms, and the scientific director of a postgraduate school in psychotherapy at IRPA (Research Institute of Applied Psychoanalysis) in Milan. He teaches at the University of Verona and at IULM University of Milan. Since 2003, he has been director and lecturer of the postgraduate school in New Symptoms Clinic at the Jonas Onlus centre in Milan. He is currently a supervisor at the Gruber Centre in Bologna for serious cases of eating disorders. He contributes to the cultural sections of la Repubblica and La Stampa. Since 2014, he has directed the Eredi series for Feltrinelli. Since 2020, he has collaborated with Maurizio Balsamo and co-edited the journal Frontiere della psicoanalisi, published by Il Mulino. His numerous publications are translated into several languages.
ph. credits: Settimio Benedusi

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