In a two-part presentation, Dr. Celia Brickman will first examine conceptions of "primitivity" intrinsic to Freud's work. Drawing on his work on immigration as an animating trope in psychoanalysis, and the idea of "groupal objects", Dr. Francisco González will consider the issue of the impact of the sociopolitical on current clinical practice.
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Saturday, December 7, 2019
Facets of Race in Psychoanalysis
Part I: The Question of Primitivity
As a window onto the issue of race within the theory and practice of psychoanalysis, Dr. Celia Brickman will examine conceptions of "primitivity" intrinsic to Freud's work. Beginning by exploring the anthropological and psychological genealogies of this concept, she will demonstrate some of the racial bias within psychoanalytic theory and the ramifications of this bias for contemporary clinical practice. Appreciating that Freud's intention was to universalize primitivity as an aspect of the unconscious common to all humanity, she examines how psychoanalysis has inadvertently perpetuated racist assumptions and prejudice by overlooking the role of the outmoded anthropological ideas embedded within psychoanalytic thought.
Part II: First World Problems and Gated Communities of the Mind
Drawing on his work on immigration as an animating trope in psychoanalysis, and the idea of "groupal objects", Dr. Francisco González will consider the issue of the impact of the sociopolitical on current clinical practice. As the world gets rapidly ever smaller and groups with radical differences are thrown ever more tightly against each other, psychoanalysis is not immune to these collisions, but is itself buffeted by the intensity of dialogues on race and gender, the fate of the global climate and the vicissitudes of national politics. Ethically, where are we to draw the line on what belongs inside or remains outside of analytic scrutiny? And how does this help us imagine what psychoanalysis is and can be?
Celia Brickman, PhD, LCPC (Presenter) is Adjunct Faculty at the Chicago Psychoanalytic Institute, and Psychotherapist and Scholar-in-Residence at the Center for Religion and Psychotherapy of Chicago. She is the author of Race in Psychoanalysis: Aboriginal Populations in the Mind.
Francisco J. González, MD (Discussant) is a Personal and Supervising Analyst; Faculty, Co-Chair Community Psychoanalysis Track at The Psychoanalytic Institute of Northern California, San Francisco; Staff Psychiatrist, Instituto Familiar de la Raza, San Francisco; Associate Editor, Psychoanalytic Dialogues and Contributing Editor, Studies in Gender and Sexuality.
Deborah Choate, MD (Moderator) is a child and adult psychiatrist and adult psychoanalyst with a private practice in Cambridge. She works with Health Care Without Walls at a women's shelter in Boston, is a Clinical Assistant professor of Psychiatry at Tufts Medical School, and is on the faculty at BPSI.
This program is made possible by the generous support of BPSI Members and friends.
At the conclusion of this program, participants will be able to:
9:00 am - 9:10 am: Introductions; 9:10 am - 10:05 am: Celia Brickman, PhD, LCPC; 10:05 am - 11:00 am: Francisco González, MD; 11:00 am - 11:15 am: Break; 11:15 am - 11:30 am: Discussion between Drs. Brickman and Gonzaelz; 11:30 am - 12:00 pm: Q&A.
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