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Collective Trauma and Political Activism

Bettina von Lieres D.Phil

Political Activation and Material Indignity


Dr. Mehr-Afarin Kohan 

Learning from the bereaved families of shot down Ukrainian Airline Flight 752

About This Event

Across the world people affected by collective traumas such as climate change disasters, wars, livelihood insecurities and rights abuses engage in activism to express profound feelings of desperation and un-recognition. For many activists the entry point into activism is collective trauma. Experiences of collective trauma leading to displacements and dislocations with the social matrix can at times produce a profound sense of alienation and un-belonging that cuts across entire communities affected by collective losses. In this inter-disciplinary panel we show how political activism can become a new site for belonging, vitalization and awakened personhood, both individually and collectively.

Wednesday, February 7, 2024

7:30 pm to 9:00 pm EST

This will be an online event

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On Identity and the Political in Psychoanalysis

Francisco J. Gonzalez MD.

Saturday, February 24, 2024

10:30 am to 12:30 pm EST

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About the Presentation

Weaving subjective musings with theoretical speculation and taking the consulting room as a point of departure, this paper explores various themes on the question of identity. Its aim is to open questions and lines of inquiry, rather than to articulate a comprehensive theory. I consider identity as identification with a social location, where that social location is a function of groups. As such, identity is inherently contingent, a relational affair, a soft assembly. Identity may not be a particularly psychoanalytic concept, but it is currently being tasked to do considerable work in psychoanalysis: specifically, as a hinge between the dual registers of the personal and social unconscious. Like any symptom, the term identity both obscures and indexes, signaling the urgent need for a radical revision of psychoanalytic theory. The more we can use the contingency of identity — the way we find ourselves identified (by others as much as by ourselves) in this place and time, whatever these might be — rather than as a fixed category thought to transcend place and time, the more that the concept of identity can be used in a specifically psychoanalytic way to help us explore the terrain of the political, which I distinguish from the terrain of politics proper. These ideas are employed to consider the current moment in psychoanalytic organizational life, which takes place under the sign of a fundamental paradigm shift (that is to say: catastrophic change).

About the Presenter

Francisco J. González, MD, is Personal & Supervising Analyst, Community Psychoanalysis Supervising Analyst, and Faculty at the Psychoanalytic Institute of Northern California (PINC), where he also helped found and serves as Co-Director of the Community Psychoanalysis Track. He is on the faculty of the NYU Postdoctoral Program in Psychoanalysis and a Supervising Analyst at the Massachusetts Institute for Psychoanalysis. His teaching and writing focuses on the articulation of the social within individual and collective psychic life, including in the domains of gender, sexuality, racialized difference, immigration, film, and groups, and has been the recipient of the Symonds Award, the Ralph E. Roughton Paper Award, and co-recipient of the JAPA Award for the Best Published Paper 2019. He serves on the Holmes Commission on Racial Equality in American Psychoanalysis and on the editorial boards of Psychoanalytic Dialogues, JAPA, and Parapraxis. He practices privately in San Francisco and Oakland and in the public domain at Instituto Familiar de la Raza in San Francisco.

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Robert Grossmark, Ph.D

The Unobtrusive Relational Analyst: Enactment, Trauma and Time

Saturday April 6th, 2024, all day