The Legacy of Andre Green – Fernando Urribarri

The Legacy of Andre Green – Fernando Urribarri

Macht Auditorium at Cambridge Hospital

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Date(s) - 10/28/2017
9:30 am - 12:30 pm

The Legacy of Andre Green

Fernando Urribarri

Andre Green, who passed away in 2012, has, for many years, been one of the leading authors and thinkers of French psychoanalysis and has left an enormous legacy to our field. Although several of his books and papers have appeared in English, Green’s work has not, until recently, been well studied or widely known outside of the French speaking world. Dr. Urribarri worked closely with Green for over 15 years. He has helped promulgate Green’s ideas throughout South America. He also conducted a series of taped interviews with Andre Green in the last years of Green’s life.


MIP will be presenting a full day program to explore Andre Green’s ideas.

In the morning (9:30 – 12:30), Chris Lovett will be presenting a paper introducing Green’s concept of the “dead mother” and Evelyn Pye will introduce Green’s concept of “the work of the negative”. Following these papers, Dr Urribarri will sit on a panel with these speakers to discuss these concepts with the audience.


In the afternoon (2 – 4:30), Dr. Urribarri will show a tape of the last interview that Andre Green gave before his death in 2012. In this interview Green discusses his book, Key Ideas for a Contemporary Psychoanalysis (Routledge 2005). He summarizes the trajectory of his thought and elaborates upon his concepts. Dr Urribarri will discuss the video with the audience following its screening.


Fernando Urribarri is an Argentine psychoanalyst. He is editor of the psychoanalytic journal Zona Erógena which he founded in 1989. He is also the editor of a series of books, ‘Pensamiento Contemporaneo’, published by the University of Buenos Aires.


  1. At the end of this program you will be able to utilize the Andre Green’s concept of the “dead mother” in clinical interpretive intervention.
  1. At the end of this program you will be able to utilize Andre’ Green’s Affect theory and concept of “the negative” when formulating clinical encounters._
  1. At the end of this program you will be able to identify the differences between the conceptualizations of the unconscious in the French, as compared to American schools of psychoanalysis


  1. Green, A. (2005). Key Ideas for a Contemporary Psychoanalysis: Misrecognition and Recognition of the Unconscious (The New Library of Psychoanalysis)
  2. Green, A. (1999).The Work of the Negative. Free Association Books
  3. Green, A. (2000). The Intrapsychic and Intersubjective in Psychoanalysis. Psychoanal Q., 69:1-39.


Psychologists: The Massachusetts Institute for Psychoanalysis (MIP) is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. MIP maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

Physicians: The Massachusetts Institute for Psychoanalysis, Inc. is accredited by the Massachusetts Medical Society to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The Massachusetts Institute for Psychoanalysis, Inc. designates this live activity for a maximum of 3 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s) ™. Physicians should claim only credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

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