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Isaac Slone

MA Candidate - Dramatic Dialogue: Performance Studies as a Framework for Understanding Psychoanalytic Technique

Isaac received his undergraduate degree at Gallatin where he was honored with the Award in Interdisciplinary Academic Excellence for his work on the relationship between narrative theory and concepts of identity formation. His graduate studies focus is psychoanalytic technique through the lens of performance studies. His MA thesis puts Lewis Aron and Galit Atlas’s Dramatic Dialogue: Contemporary Clinical Practice in conversation with the theoretical and pedagogical approaches laid out in Richard Schechner’s Performance Studies: An Introduction. Isaac’s thesis considers developments and challenges in contemporary psychoanalysis, approaches to understanding psychoanalytic technique as framed by performance studies, and the ways in which the intersection of these fields brings about a more robust concept of psychoanalytic practice. Isaac came to performance studies after writing about intersubjective illumination, self-inquiry, and fan practices. He writes and lectures on James Joyce, Bob Dylan, and rock bands the Grateful Dead and Phish. In 2019, he organized and hosted a day-long symposium on the Grateful Dead at Gallatin and in March 2020, he will host a Phish Studies symposium at the School. He’s also a student at the New York Zen Center for Contemplative Care.

Isaac Slone