Rendering Unconscious welcomes S. Alfonso Williams back to the podcast!

S. Alfonso Williams is an Independent Researcher based in Cleveland, Ohio. He has been immersed in the world of psychoanalysis, philosophy, and theory for the past five years following the path of auto-didacticism. Some of his numerous research interests include Polyvalence (the disjunction between Ontology and Epistemology), psychosis, dissociation and disavowal, Everyday Psychopathology and the dimensional limits of “Normalcy,” the irreducibility of Heterogeneity and Difference, Identity, the limits of Subjectivity, mass psychology, sexual difference, deadlocks and paradoxes of all sorts, among others. Three key theorists he is heavily invested in right now are Jean Baudrillard, Gilles Deleuze, and Jacques Lacan. Five of his favorite fiction authors include James Baldwin, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Clarice Lispector, Jose Saramago, and Zadie Smith. Mr. Williams holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Case Western Reserve University in Art History and Sociology. He currently works as a Circulation Assistant at the Ingalls Library at the Cleveland Museum of Art. His website is

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Mentioned in this episode:

S. Alfonso Williams presenting at the Psychology of Global Crises conference on the Agency, Activism and Ethics panel

Scansion in Psychoanalysis and Art: the Cut in Creation by Vanessa Sinclair forthcoming from Routledge November 2020, available for preorder

Mary Bergstein’s book Mirrors of Memory: Freud, Photography and the History of Art

Mary Wild’s Projections series via The Freud Museum, London

Andrew McLuhan and The McLuhan Institute

Derek Hook on YouTube

FROM LENINGRAD TO LENINFALL: The Geopolitics of Soviet Monuments 100 Years since the Russian Revolution by Myroslava Hartmond

SAW also recommends Todd McGowan’s lectures on Hegel on Youtube

Rendering Unconscious Podcast is hosted by psychoanalyst Dr. Vanessa Sinclair, who interviews psychoanalysts, psychologists, scholars, creative arts therapists, writers, poets, philosophers, artists & other intellectuals about their process, world events, the current state of mental health care, politics, culture, the arts & more. Episodes are also created from lectures given at various international conferences.

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The song at the end of the episode is “Unity via Plurality” from the upcoming album “Switching Mirrors” by Vanessa Sinclair and Carl Abrahamsson.

Switching Mirrors book of cut-up poetry by Vanessa Sinclair available in ebook and deluxe limited edition

Many thanks to Carl Abrahamsson, who created the intro and outro music for Rendering Unconscious podcast.

Portrait of S. Alfonso Williams