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
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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.
ABOUT THE SPEAKER
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.