Erikson Institute

Current Scholar

Francoise Davoine is an Erikson Scholar at the Austen Riggs Center.Françoise Davoine obtained an Agregation in classics (French literature, Latin, and Greek), followed by a doctorate in sociology, before becoming a psychoanalyst. Dr. Davione trained in the Ecole Freudienne de Paris founded by Jacques Lacan and was a member of that school until Lacan’s death and the school’s dissolution. She worked for thirty years as a psychoanalyst in public psychiatric hospitals in France, as an external consultant, and is currently in private practice. She was a professor at the Centre for the Study of Social Movements, École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (EHESS) in Paris, where she and Jean-Max Gaudillière conducted a weekly seminar on 'Madness and the Social Link'. She has also made numerous presentations in the United States (including at the Austen Riggs Center), Europe, and Latin America. Dr. Davoine is the author of many articles and books, including Wittgenstein’s Folly (YBK Publishers, Inc., 2012), Mother Folly (Stanford University Press, 2014), History Beyond Trauma (with Jean Max Gaudillière) (Other Press, 2004), Fighting Melancholy: Don Quixote’s Teaching (Karnac Books, 2016), and A Word to the Wise: Don Quixote’s Return to Fight Perversion (In press, to be published by Karnac Books in 2018).

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