Public Engagement

General Public

Ferenczi Center: Beyond Doer and Done To: Recognition Theory, Intersubjectivity and The Third

Thursday, September 14, 2017 at 7:00 pm to 9:30 pm

Eugene Lang College Building, Wollman Hall, Room 500 65 West 11th Street , New York, NY 10011

Please join us in celebrating the publication of Jessica Benjamin's new book: Beyond Doer and Done To: Recognition Theory, Intersubjectivity and The Third (Routledge, 2017). 

In Beyond Doer and Done To, Jessica Benjamin, author of the path-breaking Bonds of Love, expands her theory of mutual recognition and its breakdown into the complementarity of "doer and done to." Her innovative theory charts the growth of the Third in early development through the movement between recognition and breakdown, and shows how it parallels the enactments in the psychoanalytic relationship. Benjamin’s recognition theory illuminates the radical potential of acknowledgment in healing both individual and social trauma, in creating relational repair in the transformational space of thirdness. Benjamin’s unique formulations of intersubjectivity make essential reading for both psychoanalytic therapists and theorists in the humanities and social sciences.

This event is sponsored by the Sandor Ferenczi Center at The New School for Social Research.

Event Type

Author Readings and Discussions


General Public


Sandor Ferenczi Center


Writing and Literature, Creativity and Innovation


The New School for Social Research


Writing, Psychology



Free and open to the public. Please visit the Eventbrite page to register.

Recent Activity

Getting Here

Event Registration Required

This event requires registration.