Francoise Davoine (Paris)
(Vortrag auf Englisch)
Freud’s sentence in a letter to Jung dated October 5th 1906, on “the undeniable complacency of chance, Entgegenkommen
des Zufalls” has received many commentaries. I will look at this issue under the light of transference in the case of
psychosis and traumas, and contend that when all symbolic bearings have collapsed, time stops as it is measured by symbols.
Causality which needs the past of the cause and the future of its effects is unavailable. Then coincidences taking
place in between the patient and analyst may play a major role and create a new link, a new otherness, on the site of radical
solitude. I will give examples from my clinical experience and from literature.
Francoise Davoine was the head of the conference series “Madness and the Social Link” with the late Jean-Max Gaudilliere
at L’Ecole des Hautes Etudes et Sciences Sociales, Paris until 2015. She is a psychoanalyst, working in private practice
in Paris, she works primarily in the area of madness and traumas. She was a member of the Ecole Freudienne, founded by
Lacan until its dissolution. She is currently a member of the ISPS, founded by Gaetano Benedetti and the ISPS, USA. She
is an Erikson Scholar at the Erikson Institute for Education and Research and at the Austen Riggs Center, Stockbridge,
Mass., USA. She is the author of History Beyond Trauma, (2004) Fighting Melancholia, Don Quiixote’s teaching (2016),
Transcription of JM Gaudillier’s seminars, Madness and Social Link and The Birth of a Political Subject (2021) and A Shandean
Moderation: Jeanne Wolff Bernstein