Reimagining Apology and Forgiveness with Peter Banki, Ph.D

Reimagining Apology and Forgiveness with Peter Banki, Ph.D

One of the most profound and intimate experiences is to be wounded and unable to forgive. The inability to forgive may not be something that is simply chosen. Something very powerful continues to say ‘no’, even if one would like to say ‘yes’, to forgive the other, believing that it will make things easier, lighter and better from now on. In certain cases even after one has said ‘yes’ and meant ‘yes’, the ‘no’ insists. 

Thresholds and Lust with Peter Banki Ph.D and Natalia Je

Thresholds and Lust with Peter Banki Ph.D and Natalia Je

The proximity to death is not necessarily negative, it can be that which gives us the feeling of being most alive. Death touches us not simply as “a fact of life”, but also as a fantasmatic object of desire. Many people, consciously or unconsciously, search for limit-experiences for the intensity and thrill of being on the threshold of something that gives them the feeling of being close to death.

The Art of Holding with Peter Banki, Ph.D

The Art of Holding with Peter Banki, Ph.D

While holding forms an integral part of many physical interactions, and while it can, by itself, generate intense emotions and sensations, it is rarely investigated on its own merit. Often we do not actually feel safely held, even though that is what we long for. We can only truly let go when we know that someone will be there to hold us. Once we understand what it is that makes being held a less than satisfying experience, we can be clearer about what it is that we wish to feel in an embrace and where to place our attention.

Thinking Differently About Suicide with Natalia Je and Sarah Roffey (11:30-1pm)

Thinking Differently About Suicide with Natalia Je and Sarah Roffey (11:30-1pm)

As a society, we are not very skilled at talking about suicide. In some ways this is can be explained, because suicide summons two of our greatest fears – the fear of death and the fear of madness.

We will open a space for dialogue and reflection on suicidal urges and acts that steps out beyond the dominant explanatory frameworks: the bio-medical, which assuredly connects suicide to ‘mental health issues’; and religious, linking it to sin and moral weakness.

Dance Me to the End of Love with Peter Banki, Ph.D (9:30-11am)

Dance Me to the End of Love with Peter Banki, Ph.D (9:30-11am)

While death is often understood as referring to the end of life, it is important to remember that death can refer to the ending of anything, such as a friendship, a love affair, a social role, a period of one’s life, adolescence, youth or middle age. Death may mean simply a transition, albeit one that seems irreversible. This workshop will convoke and conjure the deaths of our lives and those of others, so that we may dance for them as our witnesses.

The Personal and the Environmental with Sebastian Job, Ph.D

The Personal and the Environmental with Sebastian Job, Ph.D

The premise of this workshop is that personal and planetary deaths may be intertwined. In other words, grief and anxiety about different deaths – our own, that of others, and, beyond that, traditions, other species, loved places, habitats and ecosystems – may be mutually reinforcing, and contributing to a collective paralysis. How might we begin, then, to process this grief and anxiety?