Dagmar Herzog to present “On Aggression: Psychoanalysis as Moral Politics in Post-Nazi Germany” at UC on Feb. 22, 2018

Dagmar Herzog, eminent historian and author of Cold War Freud: Psychoanalysis in an Age of Catastrophes, will be speaking at the University of Cincinnati for three separate events later this month. She will be leading seminars on that book and her latest project, Unlearning Eugenics: Sexuality, Reproduction, and Disability in Post-Nazi Europe, on Friday, February 23 for members of the UC community.

Her third speaking engagement is a public lecture: “On Aggression: Psychoanalysis as Moral Politics in Post-Nazi Germany,” in Room 350, Dyer Hall, on Thursday, February 22, from 4:00-5:30 p.m. This lecture is drawn from a chapter of Cold War Freud.

If you plan to attend, please RSVP to Dr. Ethan Katz, Assistant Professor of History, via email at katzen@ucmail.uc.edu.

Photo of Dagmar Herzog

Dagmar Herzog is Distinguished Professor of History and Daniel Rose Faculty Scholar at the Graduate Center, City University of New York. She conducts transnational and comparative research on how religion and secularization have affected social and political developments in modern Europe. An expert on the histories of Nazism and the Holocaust and their aftermath, she gives particular attention in her research to methodological innovations in critical source analysis and in gender and sexuality studies.

Herzog is one of the leading scholars today of European History, Cultural History, History of Religion, History of Post-Holocaust memory, and History of Gender and Sexuality.  She was awarded a 2012 John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship for her trans-Atlantic research project on the European and American histories of psychoanalysis, trauma, and desire. Her just-published Cold War Freud: Psychoanalysis in an Age of Catastrophes (2017) grows from that research.

Exploring Groundhog Day: Screening and Discussion

The Cincinnati Psychoanalytic Institute will hold its annual discussion and screening of the film, Groundhog Day (dir. Harold Ramis, 1993), on Groundhog Day, Friday, February 2, 2008 from 6:30-9:00 p.m. This year marks the 25th anniversary of the release of the film.

Discussion of the film from a psychoanalytic perspective will be facilitated by Peter Kotcher, M.D. and James Thomas, M.D. The screening will take place in the Frederic Kapp Memorial Library at CPI, 3001 Highland Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45219. The cost is $12.

Click here to register for this event.

Groundhog day 2018

UC European Film Festival 2018


The UC European Film Festival begins January 20 at The Mini Microcinema. Our theme is the “Limits of European Cinema” and the selection will feature the latest contemporary films from European festivals and carefully selected classics. Come enjoy Westerns, “Easterns,” documentaries and mockumentaries from all corners of Europe. Screenings will be held at the Mini Microcinema, Esquire and the Cincinnati Art Museum (part of the “Moving Images Series”).

For more information, visit the Facebook page for the Center for Film & Media Studies at the University of Cincinnati:




Psychoanalysts as Novelists

The Association for Psychoanalytic Thought is pleased to present “Psychoanalysts as Novelists” on Friday, January 19th, 2018 at the Cincinnati Psychoanalytic Institute, 3001 Highland Ave., Cincinnati, Ohio 45219.

possessionsBeth Ash, Professor of English at the University of Cincinnati, will discuss Julia Kristeva’s novel, Possessions. 

“All similarities between Possessions and your average hard-boiled detective novel end with the headless corpse that shows up at the beginning of Julia Kristeva’s novel. Kristeva, you see, is not your average writer of detective fiction. She is a psychoanalyst and linguistic theorist, the author of books on both language and depression–two themes she weaves through this intellectual mystery. The tale begins with Gloria Harrison, a translator who is murdered and decapitated after a dinner party. Enter Stephanie Delacour, an old friend of the victim and a journalist with a nose for murder. Though Kristeva has provided all the necessary components for a standard mystery–a victim, several suspects, and a detective–she seems far more interested in exploring the psychological issues surrounding her characters than the crime itself. The pages of Possessions are filled with reflections on motherhood, depression, semiotics, and more. So if you’re looking for a mystery novel that will stimulate your brain rather than your adrenaline production, Possessions is a good place to start.” –Amazon.com review

partsNorman Hirsch, psychiatrist in private practice, and Rachel Zlatkin, Professor of English at Northern Kentucky University, will discuss Thomas Ogden’s novel, The Parts Left Out.

“Not only is [Thomas Ogden] the most creative psychoanalytic author writing today, but in this novel he shows himself to be a wonderful teller of tales. The Parts Left Out is an auspicious achievement. As a work of fiction it succeeds in accomplishing the most difficult of feats: to be both a spellbinder and an in-depth exploration of human traits that bring on unspeakable tragedy. Tom Ogden knows the human mind as few do. In The Parts Left Out he demonstrates his remarkable understanding not only of the mind, but of the human heart as well.” –Theodore Jacobs, Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association

The evening begins with wine and cheese at 6:30 PM followed by the program at 7 PM.  The presentation will be followed by audience discussion. Admission is $5.00.

Please RSVP to Norman Hirsch at hirschnorman@gmail.com or 513-515-6836.

Third Annual UCBA Faculty & Staff Art Exhibition

March 20 – April 21, 2017
Opening Reception on Friday, March 24, 2017 from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m.

This exhibit showcases the work of active artists and scholars making significant contributions to the arts, enhancing dissemination research through visual representation in their respective disciplines, and promoting student education in academic programs at UC Blue Ash College. The various academic departments and offices represented include: Art & Visual Communication; Biology; Disability Services Office; Electronic Media Communications; English & Communications; Foreign Language; and History, Philosophy and Political Science.


New Publication in The International Journal of the Literary Humanities


bigclockL’Art Noir: The Perfidy of Images in Film Noir

by Matt Bennett

The International Journal of Literary Humanities, Volume 15, Issue 1, March 2017, pp.9-14.

Abstract: Amidst the hardboiled detectives, doomed protagonists, and femmes fatales in “films noirs,” works of art often operate as characters in their own right, effecting their own double-crossings. Thus far, the presence of art in the mise-en-scene has remained a largely untapped resource in helping to understand these popular American films of the 1940s and 1950s. In this article, I explore the deployment of art in noir as a duplicitous narrative device, with intentions ranging from confusion through deceit to destruction. Art can function to drive the narrative, but can also serve as a canvas upon which characters can project their own fantasies. Art can also be understood as the product of the sublimated sex drive of artist characters appearing in the films. The capacity of images to conceal the truth is fully taken advantage of in noir, and the perfidy of those images is central to the narrative of many of the films.

Narrative Portraiture Opening Reception


The UCBA Art Gallery will be hosting a reception this Friday, February 10, 2017 from 5:00 – 8:00 PM. The reception is free and open to the public, with refreshments provided. We are celebrating the opening of the current exhibition, Narrative Portraiture. This show will be on display from February 6 – March 13, 2017 and features the work of five artists: Kathryn Jill Johnson (Huntsville, AL), Melanie Johnson (Prairie Village, KS), Boryana Rusenova-Ina (Columbus, Ohio), Stafford Smith (Grand Rapids, MI) and William Paul Thomas (Chapel Hill, NC). The work in the exhibition has been selected because these artists all use various techniques to present portraits of human subjects that tell stories. The work consists of painting, drawing, fabric, photography and video.

Facebook event information: https://www.facebook.com/events/1793360797656021/

New Publication in The International Journal of the Literary Humanities


Totem and Tableaux: The Elegiac Photography of Hannah Maynard

by Matt Bennett

The International Journal of Literary Humanities, Volume 14, Issue 4, December 2016, pp.55-63.

Abstract: Although there is no evidence that Canadian photographer Hannah Maynard (1834–1918) produced post-mortem photographic images in her fifty-year-long career as a portraitist, she did create a kind of recurring elegy to the dead in many of her experimental images. Apparition-like photo-statuary of living subjects posed in typical Victorian allegories of death appear frequently in her work. She also created complex multiple exposures, some of which include purposefully placed portraits of dead family members, photographed in life. Maynard’s images, employing techniques of collage and “re-photography,” work to level distinctions between the living and dead.

Freudian psychoanalysis is so popular in Argentina, even prisoners go once a week


Freudian psychoanalysis is all the rage in Argentina. This is the country with the highest number of psychologists per capita and where psychoanalysis is a standard treatment option for kids. So it makes sense that in prisons, too, the inmates get Freudian psychoanalysis once a week.

At least that’s the case in one Buenos Aires prison, where psychologist and researcher Alicia Iacuzzi has headed the program for 30 years. Other mental health services for prisoners have a more Lacanian approach, based on the work of French psychoanalyst and psychiatrist Jacques Lacan, but Iacuzzi believes that Freud provides the best guidelines for prison therapy.

Read more: http://qz.com/762734/freudian-psychoanalysis-is-so-popular-in-argentina-even-prisoners-go-once-a-week/

August 20, 2016


Fake Blood – Questions (unofficial music video)

Fake Blood has new track, “Questions (original mix),” on the Maximono Selections compilation. I couldn’t resist editing together a little video to accompany it.

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