MONDAY NIGHT SEMINAR - October 16th, 2023

 on Zoom



The Unsettling Dis-ease of Late Modern Life:  A Psychosocial Perspective on (Corona Virus) Boredom

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 (Crary 2014).




After attending this session, participants should be able to:


  1. Explain the role societal forces play in inhibiting our capacity to fantasize.
  2. Explain the way boredom is generated by intrapsychic conflict.
  3. 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.
  4. Describe how boredom comes to be experienced as a form of social death.
  5. Describe how boredom is generated not only by forms of social marginalization but by the mandates of an extractive capitalist economy.
  6. 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. 




Monday, October 16th, 2023


7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Central Time



This seminar is free and open to the public.




The Zoom link will be emailed to registrants on October 13th.



1.5 CMEs/CEUs are available for this seminar.

Certificates of attendance are FREE for Center members,

$30 for non-Center members.


(Details about how to receive CMEs/CEUs will be provided during the seminar.)


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Continuing Medical Education Credits


This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of American Psychoanalytic Association and Greater Kansas City-Topeka Psychoanalytic Center. The American Psychoanalytic Association is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.”


The American Psychoanalytic Association designates this Live Activity for a maximum of 1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


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