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Event #16

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

Massimo Recalcati, one of the most famous psychoanalysts in Italy, is analyst member of the Italian Lacanian Association of Psychoanalysis and director of IRPA (Research Institute of Applied Psychoanalysis). He teaches at the Universities of Pavia and Verona. His numerous publications are translated into several languages. He has published, among others, L'uomo senza inconscio (2010), Non è più come prima (2014), Cosa resta del padre? (2017), Contro il sacrificio (2017) and Ritratti del desiderio (2018), published by Cortina. Il mistero delle cose (2016), Tutti i tabù del mondo (2017), La notte del Getsemani (2019), published by Einaudi. Il complesso di Telemaco (2013), Le mani della madre (2015), Il segreto del figlio (2017), A libro aperto (2018), Mantieni il bacio (2019), published by Feltrinelli.

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Event #18 BIS

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Event #19 BIS

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Davide Sapienza

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Mara Cerri

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Davide Sapienza

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