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Nov 7

Standing in the Spaces of Multiple Language Selves

November 7, 2018 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Wednesday, November 7, 2018
WHEN? 8:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
WHERE? Adams Room, St. Hilda’s Residence, U of T, 44 Devonshire Place, Toronto

Angelika Mellema, Ph.D.
Standing in the Spaces of Multiple Language Selves



In an increasingly multi-cultural world we are likely to see a multitude of clients whose mother-tongue is not the same as the analyst’s. Or, both may speak a language that is not the mother tongue of either one of them. Moreover, many may speak different languages and thereby “traverse different cultures” in one day. However, the psychoanalytic literature concludes that it remains unrefined in its integration of bilingualism and multilingualism in theory and process. This presentation raises various questions in the treatment process and case conceptualization of bilingual or multilingual clients and/or analysts.



Angelika Mellema, Ph.D., is registered psychotherapist, analyst, and corporate consultant in private practice. She holds a Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of Toronto and is a graduate from the Toronto Institute for Contemporary Psychoanalysis. She grew up in Austria and Holland and has lived throughout her adult life in various different countries and continents ultimately settling in Toronto. She is fluently trilingual in English, German, and Dutch and also speaks French and Portuguese. The impact of culture and language in human interaction and therapy has been of central interest in her work.


November 7, 2018
8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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St Hildas Residence at U of T, Adams Room
44 Devonshire Place
Toronto, Ontario M5S 2E2 Canada