The Unsettling Dis-ease of Late Modern Life: A Psychosocial Perspective on (Corona Virus)
with Jenny Huberman, PhD
This talk explores how boredom emerged as a central threat to Americans’ sense
of well-being in the early days of the Covid 19 pandemic. Drawing upon media coverage from a range of sources, I ask, what do responses to the
Covid 19 pandemic reveal more generally about the way boredom has emerged as one of the central dis-eases of modern life? Why has free time become something that
increasingly generates intolerable anxiety? In what ways can studying responses to the Covid lockdown help us trace larger transformations in the social
construction and subjective experience of time? I argue that while many Americans experienced boredom as a form of social death engendered by the
deroutinizing aspects of lockdown life, responses to the Covid 19 pandemic also reveal the way boredom has emerged as a form of psychic alienation permeating the
very core of American Society. Drawing upon insights from psychoanalytic theory, I will ultimately propose that our dis-ease with free time may be linked to a
growing incapacity to fantasize as more and more of our mental lives are colonized by the digital infrastructures and extractive imperatives of our 24/7 society
After attending this session, participants should be able to:
Explain the role societal forces play in inhibiting our capacity to fantasize.
Explain the way boredom is generated by intrapsychic conflict.
Explain how integrating traditional methods and practitioners within a given community
may facilitate integration of newer clinical methods and create opportunity for healing of historical traumas.
Describe how boredom comes to be experienced as a form of social death.
Describe how boredom is generated not only by forms of social marginalization but by
the mandates of an extractive capitalist economy.
Explain how anthropological and psychoanalytic perspectives on boredom can be used
to better understand the way patients experience and grapple with boredom.
Jenny Huberman, PhD
About the Presenter
Dr. Jenny Huberman is a Professor of Anthropology at the
University of Missouri-Kansas City and an Academic Candidate at the Greater Kansas City Psychoanalytic Institute. She is the author of three
books and numerous articles. Her research has focused on encounters between western tourists and street children in India, death in the
digital age, the Transhumanist Movement in the United States, and the ideologies underpinning the era of digital capitalism. Currently, Jenny
is interested in exploring how psychoanalytic theories can be used to enhance analyses of social life.
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