Person

Gabriel Tupinamba

Nationality:

Brazilian

Occupation:

Psychoanalyst and Author

Residence:

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Gabriel Tupinamba is a self-identified Marxist 1 psychoanalyst, author, and far-left political activist 2 who is head of social strategy at the Alameda Institute. 3 He is also a member of the left-of-center research collective Subset of Theoretical Practice. 4

Tupinamba refers to fellow leftists as “comrades,” 5 6 7 has said that the economic theory of supply and demand is incompatible with what the theory claims about maximizing gains and minimizing losses, 8 and has said that Communism has been rehabilitated as a sort of “acceptable or important signifier” in political discourse. 9 He has claimed that Israel is involved in “settler colonialism and the return of fascism.” 10

Career

Gabriel Tupinamba is a self-identified Marxist 11 psychoanalyst and author who is head of social strategy at the Alameda Institute, 12 which supports “radical research,” connects activists throughout its international network, and coordinates dialogue between members of its network and global political organizations. 13

Tupinamba is also a member of the left-wing research collective Subset of Theoretical Practice. This organization develops new approaches to leftist political thinking that connects Marxist political economy, political experimentation, and philosophical and formal tools. 14

Based in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Tupinamba has given lectures at the American University in Beirut, Lebanon, on several topics, including Marxist approaches to capitalist economics. He also led speaking events for “leftist organizers, workers, and students” at the Beirut Institute for Critical Analysis. Tupinamba often refers to other radical-left activists as his “comrades.” 15 16 17

Tupinamba has given lectures on “Thinking Through Political Organization: Militant Practice and Theory from the Organizational Point of View” at the left-of-center New School for Social Research, 18 the People’s Forum in New York City, 19 University of Michigan, 20 University of Oxford, and other institutions. 21 He has authored several books on Marxist topics including The Desire of Psychoanalysis 22 and Hegel, Lacan, Zizek; 23 co-authored Marxist papers on political organization trends; 24 25 and offers private psychoanalysis services to paying clients. 26

Political Positions

Gabriel Tupinamba engages in Marxist and far-left anticolonial political activism. 27 He supports the far-left concepts of climate justice and reparations for slavery 28 and has promoted events supporting the Palestinian territories and analyzed how Israel allegedly is involved in “settler colonialism and the return of fascism.” 29 Tupinamba has shared online posts authored by Qatar-based international news outlet Al Jazeera in favor of finding common ground with pro-Palestinian protestors 30 and shared posts authored by the Ambassador of Palestine to the United Nations. 31

Tupinamba’s main intellectual and political interests today revolve around developing new tools for political organizing and for navigating the intricacies of what he calls a “political struggle in our fractured world.” 32 He has said that the Lacanian Marxist debates helped rehabilitate Communism as a sort of “acceptable or important signifier” in political discourse, bringing together important thinkers to the idea. 33 He has also claimed that the economic theory of supply and demand is incompatible with what the theory  says about rational agents maximizing gains and minimizing losses is incompatible with various findings. 34

References

  1. Tupinamba, Gabriel. “Psychoanalysis for Militants?” Sublation Magazine. February 6, 2023. Accessed March 8, 2024. https://www.sublationmag.com/post/psychoanalysis-for-militants.
  2. “Tweet.” Gabriel Tupinamba Twitter. Posted March 6, 2024. https://x.com/gtupinamba/status/1765435489052455046?s=20.
  3. “Twitter.” Gabriel Tupinamba Twitter Profile. Accessed March 8, 2024. https://twitter.com/gtupinamba.
  4. “About STP.” Subset of Theoretical Practice. Accessed March 8, 2024. https://www.theoreticalpractice.com/about.
  5. “Tweet.” Gabriel Tupinamba Twitter. Posted May 6, 2023. Accessed March 8, 2024. https://twitter.com/gtupinamba/status/1654954108007137280.
  6. “Image.” Gabriel Tupinamba Twitter. Posted April 29, 2023. Accessed March 8, 2024. https://twitter.com/gtupinamba/status/1652363980051034113/photo/1.
  7. Tupinamba, Gabriel. “Perspectives on Organization: A New Approach.” E-flux Notes. June 12, 2023. Accessed March 8, 2024. https://www.e-flux.com/notes/545156/perspectives-on-organization-a-new-approach.
  8. “Gabriel Tupinamba – The future of psychoanalysis.” Circulo de Estudos de la Idea de Ideaolgia YouTube. Uploaded March 11, 2018. Accessed March 8, 2024. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5opgNBWr9B8.
  9. “The Future of the Lacanian Left with Daniel Tutt and Gabriel Tupinamba.”  Zer0 Books and Repeater Media YouTube Channel. Posted May 17, 2022. Accessed March 8, 2024. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TpGXJ1R4g8g.
  10. “Tweet.” Gabriel Tupinamba Twitter. Posted November 21, 2023. Accessed March 8, 2024. https://twitter.com/gtupinamba/status/1726949545920368859.
  11. Tupinamba, Gabriel. “Psychoanalysis for Militants?” Sublation Magazine. February 6, 2023. Accessed March 8, 2024. https://www.sublationmag.com/post/psychoanalysis-for-militants.
  12. “Twitter.” Gabriel Tupinamba Twitter Profile. Accessed March 8, 2024. https://twitter.com/gtupinamba.
  13. “Home.” Alameda Institute. Accessed March 8, 2024. https://alameda.institute/about/.
  14. “About STP.” Subset of Theoretical Practice. Accessed March 8, 2024. https://www.theoreticalpractice.com/about.
  15. “Tweet.” Gabriel Tupinamba Twitter. Posted May 6, 2023. Accessed March 8, 2024. https://twitter.com/gtupinamba/status/1654954108007137280.
  16. “Image.” Gabriel Tupinamba Twitter. Posted April 29, 2023. Accessed March 8, 2024. https://twitter.com/gtupinamba/status/1652363980051034113/photo/1.
  17. Tupinamba, Gabriel. “Perspectives on Organization: A New Approach.” E-flux Notes. June 12, 2023. Accessed March 8, 2024. https://www.e-flux.com/notes/545156/perspectives-on-organization-a-new-approach
  18.  “Tweet.” New School for Social Research. Posted May 10, 2022. Accessed March 8, 2024. https://twitter.com/NSSRNews/status/1524094420580069377.
  19. “Tweet.” Gabriel Tupinamba Twitter. Posted May 7, 2022. Accessed March 8, 2024. https://twitter.com/gtupinamba/status/1523019363707932673.
  20. “Gabriel Tupinamba – The future of psychoanalysis.” Circulo de Estudos de la Idea de Ideaolgia YouTube. Uploaded March 11, 2018. Accessed March 8, 2024. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5opgNBWr9B8.
  21. “On the Logics of Social Worlds: A Talk with Gabriel Tupinamba.” University of Oxford. Accessed March 11, 2024. https://talks.ox.ac.uk/talks/id/5323bf95-cade-4520-a38a-4284a11b4f1b/.
  22. “Tweet.” Gabriel Tupinamba Twitter. Posted November 10, 2023. Accessed March 8, 2024. https://twitter.com/gtupinamba/status/1722919835833598304.
  23. “Author Page.” Amazon Prime. Accessed March 8, 2024. https://www.amazon.com/Books-Gabriel-Tupinamb%C3%A1/s?rh=n%3A283155%2Cp_27%3AGabriel+Tupinamb%C3%A1.
  24. [1] Renzo Barbe, J.-P Caron, Efren Cruz Cortes, Miriam Kussumi, J. Millie, Rafael Saldana, Victor Silva, Maikel de Silveira, Gabriel Tupinamba, and Yuan Yao. “Working Through Political Organization: Current Results of the Subset of Theoretical Practice (2021-2022).” Crisis Critique. November 25, 2022. Accessed March 8, 2024. https://www.crisiscritique.org/storage/app/media/nov-25/subset-of-theoretical-practice.pdf.
  25. Tupinamba, Gabriel. “What is a Party a part of?” Crisis & Critique #1. June 14, 2014. Accessed March 11, 2024. https://www.crisiscritique.org/storage/app/media/2014-06-14/tupinamba-party.pdf.
  26. “Home.” Gabriel Tupinamba Website. Accessed March 8, 2024. https://www.gabrieltupinamba.com/english.
  27. “Tweet.” Gabriel Tupinamba Twitter. Posted March 6, 2024. https://x.com/gtupinamba/status/1765435489052455046?s=20.
  28. “Tweet.” Gabriel Tupinamba Twitter. Posted May 4, 2022. Accessed March 8, 2024. https://twitter.com/gtupinamba.
  29. “Tweet.” Gabriel Tupinamba Twitter. Posted November 21, 2023. Accessed March 8, 2024. https://twitter.com/gtupinamba/status/1726949545920368859.
  30. “Tweet.” Gabriel Tupinamba Twitter. Posted November 20, 2023. Accessed March 8, 2024. https://twitter.com/gtupinamba.
  31. “Tweet.” Ousman Noor Twitter. Posted November 18, 202.3 Accessed March 8, 2024. https://x.com/ousmannoor/status/1725851968193642611?s=20.
  32. “Image.” Alameda Insight Twitter. Posted June 15, 2023. Accessed March 8, 2024. https://twitter.com/gtupinamba.
  33. “The Future of the Lacanian Left with Daniel Tutt and Gabriel Tupinamba.”  Zer0 Books and Repeater Media YouTube Channel. Posted May 17, 2022. Accessed March 8, 2024. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TpGXJ1R4g8g.
  34. “Gabriel Tupinamba – The future of psychoanalysis.” Circulo de Estudos de la Idea de Ideaolgia YouTube. Uploaded March 11, 2018. Accessed March 8, 2024. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5opgNBWr9B8.
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