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Bracha Ettinger - Lectures / Seminars / Workshops

THE MATRIXIAL BORDERSPACE: Art, Psychoanalysis and Philosophy (3 Credits)

Bracha Ettinger, Ph.D.

Description: The workshop will explore aesthetic practice as rethinking ethics, in a feminist dialogue with Levinas, Lyotard, Lacan, Deleuze and Guattari; enabling a dimension of emergence which underlies trauma, memory, representation and post-Lacanian subjectivity. This course enters the unique space that is to be understood as matrixial borderspace by means of close readings of Lacan, Deleuze and Freud. Bracha moves psychoanlysis outside the realms of traditional phallocentric economy into the feminine. Not to be understood as the female body as such but rather the suppressed m/Other that has been denied by a history of phallocentric repression. Taking theory to a new extreme this course entices the reader and writer into the unknown boundaries of the feminine archaic psychic spaces that build the memory of the unconscious not known as such. At the end of the course the student will have a grasp on the workings of Lacan and Deleuze and their relationship to contemporary feminist studies.

Objectives: The intensive, interdisciplinary seminar is devoted to responding to Bracha L. Ettinger's The Matrixial Borderspace [essays published between 1994-1999] from a range of interdisciplinary perspectives: psychoanalysis, philosophy, film studies, visual culture, theology, feminism and queer theory. The seminar provides a unique opportunity to read a small sample of Bracha Ettinger's oeuvre closely and discuss its implications for a range of fields but especially for the insights offered for considering gender and sexuality and the potential for a sustained dialogue between psychoanalysts, critical theorists and practitioners of the arts. The seminar will feature a discussion of Sigmund Freud's paper on the uncanny together with Bracha Ettinger's formulation of the matrixial before Bracha Ettinger continues with her current research. The seminar will be devoted to discussing The Matrixial Borderspace in more detail and the various theoretical, ethical, cultural and political questions it raises more generally.

Required Readings:

Ettinger, Bracha L. . The Matrixial Borderspace. University of Minnesota Press. Minneapolis and London, 2006, Paperback, 208 pages, Language: English, ISBN-10: 0816635870. Buy it at,,, or

Ettinger, Bracha L. "Diotima and the Matrixial Transference: Psychoanalytical Encounter-Event as Pregnancy in Beauty". In: Across the Threshold: Explorations of Liminality in Literature. Edited by Chris N. van der Merwe and Hein Viljoen. New York: Peter Lang, 2007. ISBN: 1433100024. Buy it at,,, or

Ettinger, Bracha L. "From Proto-ethical Compassion to Responsibility: Besidedness, and the three Primal Mother-Phantasies of Not-enoughness, Devouring and Abandonment". in: Athena: Philosophical Studies. Vol. 2 (Vilnius: Versus). 2006. 100-135. ISSN 1822-5047.

Ettinger, Bracha L. "Fascinance. The Woman-to-woman (Girl-to-m/Other) Matrixial Feminine Difference". In: Psychoanalysis and the Image. Edited by Griselda Pollock. Oxford: Blackwell. 60-93. ISBN 1405134615. Buy it at,,, or

Freud, Sigmund. The Uncanny. Penguin Classics. London. 2003, first published 1919, 'The Uncanny', translation by Hugh Haughton, pp. 121-62. Paperback, 240 pages, Language: English, ISBN-10: 0142437476. Buy it at,,, or

Recommended Readings:

Pollock, Griselda. Encounters in the Virtual Feminist Museum: Time, Space and the Archive. Routledge. ISBN: 0415413745. Buy it at,,, or

Armstrong, Carol and Catherine de Zegher. Women Artists as the Millennium. Cambridge Massachusetts: October Books, MIT Press. ISBN: 0262012263. Buy it at,,, or

Ettinger, Bracha. "Matrixial Trans-subjectivity." in: Theory Culture and Society Vol. 23, No. 2-3., 218-22, 2006.

Ettinger, Bracha. "Art, Memory, Resistance." in: Framework: The Finnish Art Review Vol 4. 2005.

Ettinger, Bracha. "Copoiesis." Ephemera No 4. 2005.

"Matrixcial Co-poiesis: Trans-subjective Connecting Strings." in: Poiesis Vol 7. 2005.

Ettinger, Bracha. "On the Fascinum and The Freezing and Killing Gaze. And on the Fascinance The Gaze as Continual Encounter that Evokes a Creative Event." in: Bezalel 2005.

Ettinger, Bracha. "A Coil Withdraws Inside a Coil. Or: Traces of Trauma of the Other Inside the Autistic Kernel." in: Poiesis Vol 6. 2004, 69-94.

Ettinger, Bracah. "Weaving a Woman Artist With-in the Matrixial Encounter-Event." in: Theory, Culture and Society. Vol. 21, 2004. pp. 69-94.

Websites of Relevance to Your Learning Experience:

Bracha Ettinger Matrixial Border Space Blog.

Web Page dedicated to the works and life of Bracha Ettinger.

EGS Site dedicated to Bracha and her works.