SAIC Art Therapy and Counseling Department 2023 Spring Symposium

A Poetics of the Drive: Freud, Lacan, Moths, and Poetry with Annie G, Rogers, Ph.D.
Monday, February 13, 10:00 a.m.


37 S Wabash Ave, Rm 327 or via Zoom (

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SAIC Art Therapy and Counseling Department 
2023 Spring Symposium
A Poetics of the Drive: Freud, Lacan, Moths, and Poetry
Annie G, Rogers, Ph.D.
Center for Religion and Psychotherapy Chicago, Chicago Center for Psychoanalysis, Chicago Psychoanalytic Circle of the Freudian School of Québec, and Depth Counseling
Art Therapy and Counseling Spring Symposium 
Monday, February 13, 2022
10:00AM - 11:20AM Lecture
11:20AM - 11:45AM Break
11:45 PM - 12:45 PM Student and Faculty Panel (Panelists: Ro Garrido MAATC Student Nate Love MAATC Alum AJ McClennon SAIC Faculty Department of Contemporary Practices)
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A Poetics of the Drive: Freud, Lacan, Moths, & Poetry
Monday, February 13th, 10AM-1245PM
37 S Wabash Ave, Rm 327 or via Zoom (
To explore a poetics of the drive, Dr. Rogers brings to her talk original prints of moths and lines of poetry that grew out of her daily practice of writing and drawing during the Covid pandemic—alongside her clinical practice as an analyst—over a period of four months.  Considering the drive as a montage conceptually, she turns to sources in Freud and Lacan.  To elaborate her poetics, she relies on the online Oxford English Dictionary and the South African printmaker, William Kentridge as sources.  Throughout the presentation Rogers constructs the working of the drive as a metaphoric process (bridging discontinuous elements to convey something otherwise impossible) and as metonymic in its path (illustrated through images presented as a series with linkages among them), using her original moth prints and poetry, which retain their references to a particular historic moment. 
Annie G. Rogers, Ph.D., is Professor Emerita of Psychoanalysis and Clinical Psychology at Hampshire College and has a private practice in Amherst, Massachusetts.  She is a supervising and teaching Analyst at the Lacanian School of Psychoanalysis in San Francisco and Vice-President of its Board. She is a printmaker and member of Zea Mays Printmaking in Florence, Massachusetts. Formerly a Fulbright Fellow at Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland; Radcliffe and Murray Fellow at Harvard University; Whiting Fellow at Hampshire College; and Erikson Scholar at Austen Riggs, Dr. Rogers has published fiction and poetry as well as three clinical books: A Shining Affliction: A Story of Harm and Healing in Psychotherapy (1995); The Unsayable: The Hidden Language of Trauma (2005); and Incandescent Alphabets: Psychosis and the Enigma of Language (2016).