Psychological Humanities & Ethics
Thursday, September 17th, 2020
7:00-8:30 PM (ET) via Zoom
Free to public | $25 for CE's
1.5 CE's available for Psychologists and LMHCs
Psychological Humanities & Ethics
Workshop with Donna Orange
Radical Ethics for the Time of Plague
Speaker: Donna Orange
Friday, July 17th, 2020
1:00 - 5:00PM (EDT) via Zoom
4 CEUs available for Psychologists and LMHCs
Recognition Gaps: The Mission of Sociology in the Age of Trump
Tuesday, May 9th 2017, 7:30-9pm
Lesley University, Brattle Campus
Sponsored by Massachusetts Institute for Psychoanalysis and the Psychosocial Work Group of the Psychology and the Other Institute
In her talk, Michele Lamont will take us into the subjective worlds of those stigmatized and othered by class and by race. First, drawing on her 2000 book The Dignity of Working Men: Morality and the Boundaries of Race, Class and Immigration, which is based on 150 in-depth interviews conducted with white and Black workers in New York and white and North African workers in France, she will describe the criteria working-class individuals use to define worthy and less worth people, and relatedly, how they draw classed and raced boundaries between "us" and "them." Lamont's research contributes to a more complex understanding of how structural conditions of existence and specific cultural resources available to working-class individuals across cultures shape distinctive understandings of the world that are often quite different from those of the middle and upper classes. Lamont will bring this data into conversation with the findings from her recent book, Getting Respect, a work that examines how specific groups experience ethnoracial exclusion and respond to it. While psychoanalysis has long recognized the necessity of recognition within the mother/infant dyad in the development of the child's subjectivity, Lamont's work expands this framework to explore the importance of recognition as both a cultural process and a demand of those who are misrecognized.
Michele Lamont is Professor of Sociology and of African and African American Studies and the Robert I. Goldman Professor of European Studies at Harvard University. She serves as the 108th President of the American Sociological Association in 2016-2017. A cultural and comparative sociologist, Lamont is the author of a dozen books and edited volumes and close to one hundred articles and chapters on a range of topics including culture and inequality, racism and stigma, academia and knowledge, social change and successful societies, and qualitative methods. She is currently working on a monograph titled Being Worthy. Her most recent publications include the coauthored book Getting Respect: Responding to Stigma and Discrimination in the United States, Brazil, and Israel (Princeton University Press, 2016) and a special issue of Social Science & Medicine on “Mutuality, Health Promotion, and Collective Cultural Change.” Lamont is Director of the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, Harvard University; and Co-director of the Successful Societies Program, Canadian Institute for Advanced Research.
Suggested Readings: The Dignity of Working Men, Intro & Chapter 1; Getting Respect, Intro & Chapter 2
Psychosocial Dialogues: Southern Stories of Struggle, Injustice and Healing
Saturday, April 22nd 2017, 9am - 4:30pm
Porter Campus, Lesley University, Cambridge MA
As part of the emerging field of Psychosocial Studies that challenges the disciplinary division between psychology and the social, this conference extends the crossing of disciplinary boundaries through dialogues among filmmakers, theorists and social activists. In today's polarized America it is even more urgent to try to connect with people whose lives might be shaped by very different cultural, geographical and historical experiences from our own.
This one day conference will feature presentations by filmmakers, writers, psychoanalytic and psychosocial researchers about their work in four locations in the American South: Kentucky, Louisiana, Texas and Arkansas. Short films and ethnographic material will vividly portray stories of addiction, poverty, and racial injustice, as well as resilience, creativity and courage. Each presentation will be followed by dialogue and discussion with audience members and presenters.
NO CE Credits - Professionals- $60.00
NO CE Credits - Students & Community MH Workers- $25.00
CE Credits for Professionals- $120.00
For more information about the event, and to register CLICK HERE
Trauma and Race:
A Discussion of Racial Identity and
Lacanian Psychoanalytic Theory
Speaker: Sheldon George
Monday, February 6th
7:00pm - 8:30pm
Boston College Campus
Room: Boston College's Brighton Campus
(Simboli Hall Room 100)
9 Lake Street, Brighton, MA 02135
In a historical moment when the news media has repeatedly displayed the
wanton killing of black men, the connection between African American identity
and trauma seems especially salient. Sheldon George’s talk, “Trauma and Race,”
will work through Lacanian psychoanalytic notions of subjectivity to ground an
understanding of African American identity as mediated by social trauma. It will address, in particular, the 2012 Florida shooting of 17 year old Jordan Davis by Michael Dunn, a white male whose excessive response to the loud rap music played by Davis and his friends demonstrates a Lacanian understanding of jouissance, or the other’s mode of enjoyment, as a root source of notions of racial alterity. The talk will discuss how this jouissance, bound to fantasies of race, often structures both racism and African American identity around acts of violence and trauma, inducing African Americans to embrace willfully the very racial identities against which this violence is directed.
Sheldon George is an Associate Professor of English at Simmons College in
Boston, Massachusetts. He directs the graduate program in English and
teaches courses on American and African American literature, along with
courses on cultural and literary theory. His scholarship focuses primarily
upon African American literature and culture, and on Lacanian psychoanalytic
theory. His most recent publications include a Lacanian reading of Toni Morrison’s Beloved that appeared in African American Review and a coedited special issue of the journal Psychoanalysis, Culture and Society on “African Americans and Inequality.” His book Trauma and Race: A Lacanian Study of African American Racial Identity was published in February, 2016 by Baylor University Press.
Co-sponsored by Psychosocial Work Group at the Psychology and the Other Institute,
Massachusetts Institute for Psychoanalysis,
and Psychoanalytic Studies Program at Boston College
Shame and the Experience of Class in the US: A Symposium
Saturday, October 29th, 9:30am-12:30pm
Location: Marran Theater, Doble Campus Lesley University
How can an exploration of the psychic effects of economic disparity deepen our psychoanalytic understanding of shame? We begin with three papers offering new ways of understanding different manifestations of shame and their effects as experienced across socioeconomic divisions.
Maksimowicz suggests that the relationship between structural inequality and the kind of shame often experienced within poor and working-class communities is best understood through a multidisciplinary perspective. Applying a psychosocial lens to the fiction of Toni Morrison, Maksimowicz will examine how everyday legacies of constricting economic realities and societal derision shape parent/child relationships within working-class homes. Her research attends closely to the insidious ways in which internalized shame is transmitted from mother to daughter.
Sadek will explore the phenomenon of “wealth shame" as it unfolds in a psychoanalytic setting. She will discuss the intrapsychic, transgenerational and cultural roots of "wealth shame" and its multiple functions. “Wealth shame” is explored as an ethical response to economic disparity, as a manifestation of a pervasive shame pattern, and in its relationship to moral superiority and envy.
On the eve of the presidential election, Watkins will examine shame to help us understand some of the psychic effects of neoliberalism. Comparing individual psychotherapy with psychosocial accompaniment, a form of practice arising in Latin America, Watkins will explore the countertransferential dimensions that deter or aid the psychotherapist from being able to metabolize shame around economic privilege in the face of misery.
Boston College Mini-Conference
Love and Mourning in the Constitution of the Subject: Revisiting Psychoanalytic Theory
Boston College, McGuinn Hall, Room 121 & Devlin Hall, Room 101
Monday, October 17th
1:00pm - 9:30pm
An afternoon and evening of lectures and discussion with Richard Boothby, Bruce Fink, Russell Grigg, and Humphrey Morris. Respondents are Yael Baldwin, Jeff Bloechl, Lewis Kirschner, and Jane Kite.
For more information and to register click here.
Institute for the Liberal Arts at Boston College, Psychoanalytic Studies Program at Boston College, Psychology and the Other, and the Massachusetts Institute of Psychoanalysis.
Reflective Spaces/Material Places: Working with Immigrants in a Xenophobic Culture
Saturday, September 17th, 10:00am-12:00pm
Location: East Boston Community Health: Education and Training Institute
In this election year, xenophobia, the fear of anything thought to be foreign or strange, has been unleashed and legitimated in previously unimaginable ways in the United States. At this meeting we want to look at how this casting of a “we” and a “them” impacts working with immigrants, or for that matter, anyone perceived to be “different”? How does one create a safe space in a treatment? What comes up in transference and countertransference? Are there issues particular to particular groups and how does one deal with them? Dr. Diya Kallivayalil will present clinical material for us to reflect upon together.
Reflective Spaces/Material Places- Boston
April 23rd 10:00am-12:00pm
Library, Boston Insitute for Psychotherapy
1415 Beacon St., Brookline, MA
Community mental health practitioners are under enormous pressure to deliver more services with fewer resources, while the problems we are challenged to resolve are increasingly complex. As we strive to provide meaningful interventions that address the social, psychic and justice demands of those who struggle the most, we have a greater need to create places and sanctuaries to think and reflect upon our work.
In the Bay Area, a group of psychotherapists, casemanagers, doctors, nurses, mental health staff, administrators, advocates, peer counselors, vocational counselors, and housing specialists, practicing in community mental health settings, created a model for community mental health called Reflective Spaces/Material Places (RS/MP).* Drawing on their model, we envision RS/MP-Boston as a place to reflect on our work and on the systems within which our work takes place. Bringing community based work together with psychodynamic thinking is what RS/MP-Boston is all about.
The Future of the Self in the Digital Age: A Conversation about the BBC series Black Mirror
March 3rd 7:30-9:30pm
Lesley University, Sherrill Library, Rm 350
Following upon the recent MIP Symposium, The Fate of Potential Space in the Virtual Age, we will continue the conversation about the experience of selfhood in the digital age. As a background for this discussion, we will be showing clips from the provocative BBC series “Black Mirror”, which uses a Twilight-Zone style format to tell stories that examine the impact of current and future uses of technology on the self and society.
With a panel made up of a philosopher, an art historian and a psychoanalyst, we will create a broad interdisciplinary discussion with the audience, one that allows us to think together about the changes that we are currently facing as digital technology plays an increasingly influential role in our everyday lives. Our focus will primarily be on what impact the virtual age is having on memory, self -identity and the digital representation of experience.
Presented by the Psychosocial Workgroup of Psychology and the Other, co-sponsored by MIP’s Academic Outreach Committee
November 5th 6:30-9pm
Boston College, McGuinn Room 121
In 1938, Swedish researcher and Nobel Laureate Gunnar Myrdal plunges into America's Jim Crow South. The resulting study, An American Dilemma (1944), poses a profoundly unsettling question: How can a people devoted to the American Creed of equality, justice and opportunity for all continue to erect obstacles to those ends based on race? Through Myrdal's story and contemporary racial dynamics, American Denial explores how denial, cognitive dissonance, and implicit bias persist and shape all of our lives.
Presented by Woods College of Advancing Studies, Lynch School of Education, Center for Human Rights and International Justice at Boston College and the Psychosocial Workgroup of Psychology and the Other
2015 Psychology & the Other Conference
October 9-11, 2015
The Psychology & the Other Conference 2015 will be taking place October 9th-11th, 2015 at Lesley University's Brattle Campus on 99 Brattle Street in Cambridge, MA 02138
The Conference Co-Chairs are David Goodman and Brian Becker.
We are excited to announce some of our plenary speakers!
Learn more and register for the conference on Conference page here.
John Panteleimon Manoussakis
College of the Holy Cross
New York University
Institute of Contemporary
Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis
An Evening with Donald Antrim
October 5th, 2015 7:30-9:30pm
Sherill Library Room 350
Brattle Campus of Lesley University
99 Brattle St Cambridge, MA 02138
The Psychosocial Work Group of the Psychology and the Other Institute and the Massachusetts Institute for Psychoanalysis are excited to offer a program featuring renowned writer Donald Antrim. Antrim is a frequent contributor to “The New Yorker” and 2013 MacArthur Fellow. His novels, short stories and memoir (“The Afterlife,” 2006), grapple with such traditionally shameful topics as his struggle with mental illness and hospitalization. Antrim will read from his work and engage the moderator and the audience in conversation about his very personal writing: its anxieties, motivations, complications, and ramifications. To allow for maximal audience participation, there will be no discussant in this special presentation.
Voices Across the Divide: Palestinians Share their Stories
Date: Friday, July 24, 2015
Location: Community Church of Boston, 565 Boylston St, Boston (near Copley Square T station)
* Psychosocial Work Group of the Psychology and the Other Institute
* The Psychoanalytic Work Group for Peace in Palestine/Israel
* Massachusetts Institute for Psychoanalysis
* Community Church of Boston
The Israeli/Palestinian conflict is one of the most prominent, hot button debates in the US today. There is often little space for compassionate discourse or deepening awareness. In Voices Across the Divide, Palestinians share with filmmaker, Alice Rothchild, their stories of loss, occupation, statelessness, and immigration to the US. Narrated by Rothchild, an American Jew raised on the tragedies of the Holocaust and the dream of a Jewish homeland in Israel, the film follows her personal journey as she begins to understand the Palestinian narrative. After the film showing, Dr. Rothchild, members of the Psychosocial Work Group, and members of the Psychoanalytic Work Group for Peace in Israel/Palestine will facilitate discussion of the film and the Israeli/Palestinian conflict.
Bios: Alice Rothchild is director of Voices Across the Divide and co-founder and co-chair of American Jews for a Just Peace - Boston. She is a physician, activist, and author of Broken Promises, Broken Dreams: Stories of Jewish and Palestinian Trauma and Resilience. Dr. Rothchild is on the coordinating committee of Jewish Voice for Peace Boston, and has organized health and human rights delegations to Israel and Palestine since 2003, lecturing widely and writing numerous articles.
The Psychoanalytic Work Group for Peace in Israel/Palestine is an international group of psychoanalysts and psychoanalytically-oriented mental health professionals dedicated to the principles articulated in the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights. We participate in a mutually respectful discourse exploring the psycho-political dynamics sustaining the Israeli/Palestinian struggle. In so doing, we hope to facilitate the goal of peace with dignity and social justice for all in Palestine/Israel.
The Value and Limitations of Holocaust Video Testimonies:
A Conversation with Lawrence L Langer
June 8th, 2015
Boston College, Campion Hall, Room 139
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467
Academic Outreach Committee of Mass Institute for Psychoanalysis and the Psychosocial Work Group of the Psychology and the Other Institute and Boston College Department of Counseling, Developmental and Educational Psychology, Lynch School of Education
Social Defenses against Anxiety: Renewing a Paradigm
January 12, 2015
Lesley University, Brattle Campus, Sherrill Library room 350
89 Brattle Street, Cambridge, MA 02138
Co-sponsored by Academic Outreach Committee of the Mass Institute for Psychoanalysis and the Psychosocial Work Group of the Psychology and the Other Institute
Race and Racism in Clinic and Culture
October 20th, 2014
Hosted by: Simmons School of Social Work, MIP Academic Outreach Committee,
Psychology and the Other’s Psychosocial Work Group
Location: Simmons College, Main Campus Building, The Paresky Center,
3rd Floor, 300 The Fenway, Boston, MA.
Time: October 20th, 2014 at 7:30-9pm
How do race and racism become part of the individual and group psyche? This program brings together academics and clinicians from various disciplines and social contexts to talk about theories and practices of race, racism, and processes of racialization. Fakhry Davids, UK psychoanalyst and group relations practitioner in the Kleinian tradition, will discuss his theory of internal racism, a “normal” structure of the mind in racist societies. Tufts English professor Lisa Lowe will speak about critical race and postcolonial theories. Boston College psychology professor, Usha Tummala-Narra will talk about how psychoanalytic theory connects with her experience working both with individuals and with various communities, particularly immigrant communities. Johnnie Hamilton-Mason, Simmons professor of social work with long experience in anti-racism work, will moderate.
Psychosocial Dialogues: Film, Theory, and Practice
May 30th-31st, 2014
Brinton Lykes, Ph.D.
Professor of Community-Cultural Psychology at Boston College,
Associate Director of the Center for Human Rights and International Justice.
Sandra L. Bloom, M.D.
Co-director, Center for Nonviolence and Social Justice, School of Public Health, Drexel University
The Pull of Gravity
Director: El Sawyer (in attendance) and Jon Kaufman
Panel Discussion with director and Robert Reed, Assistant US Attorney, Eastern District of Pennsylvania
Mind Zone: Therapists Behind the Front Lines
Director: Jan Haaken (in attendance)
Panel discussion with the director and Stephen Soldz, Ph.D., psychoanalyst, public health researcher, and faculty of the Boston Graduate School of Psychoanalysis.
Director: Llew Smith (in attendance)
Panel discussion with the director and Vince Brown, Ph.D., Professor of History and of African and African American Studies at Harvard University.
Present Culture and Psyche: A Personal Journey
Sudhir Kakar, Ph.D.
Discussant: Alfred Margulies, M.D.
Moderator: Kenneth Reich, Ed.D.
April 19th, 2014
Dr. Kakar, joining us from Goa, India, is a leading figure in the fields of psychoanalysis, cultural psychology, and the psychology of religion, as well as a prolific author. He will speak on how a spiritual perspective has come to enrich the theory and practice of psychoanalysis.
Dr. Margulies is Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School; Associate Chair, Department of Psychiatry, Cambridge health Alliance; Training and Supervising Analyst, psychoanalytic Institute of New England.
Dr. Reich is Co-Chair of the Committee for International Relations of the Division of Psychoanalysis and faculty at the Massachusetts Institute for Psychoanalysis of the Psychoanalytic Institute of New England and the Psychoanalytic Family and Couples Institute of New England.
The Conscious and Unconscious Art of Scholarship: The Visions and Archives that Inspire a Historian
Moderator: Lynne Layton, Massachusetts Institute for Psychoanalysis
Tuesday, March 11, 2014. 7:30 pm.
"My scholarship as a historian of religious thought has taken me in many directions. Initially, as a graduate student, I wrote on feminist theology, and then wrote a book on a 19th century Jewish historian, Abraham Geiger, who was a maverick scholar in his day, overturning conventional views of Jesus, the Qur-an, and the Talmud. My next book grew out of detective work: through intensive work in dozens of archives in Germany, Scandinavia, and the United States, I recreated the history of an unknown Nazi propaganda institute that was financed by the Protestant church and run by professors of theology, bishops, pastors, and students. At the present time, I am writing the history of European Jewish scholarship on Islam from the 1830's to the 1930s, a study that encompasses issues of orientalism, colonialism, philology, and racial theory. Throughout my work, I have been inspired by feminist theory and poststructuralist readings of texts, often with a psychoanalytic angle of vision. Why I have chosen my topics and my methods of analysis is a questions I often ask myself: what emotions motivate a study of Nazis? Why am I drawn to the work of scholars who challenge the status quo? What is the vision that guides me as a historian through the arcane labyrinths of tedious archival research?"
The Problematic of Well-Being in Contemporary Life: A Discussion of Two New Research Works by Sam Binkley and Mari Ruti
Sam Binkley Mari Ruti
February 17, 2014
Mari Ruti, a Professor of Critical Theory at the University of Toronto, discusses The Call of Character: Living a LIfe Worth Living (Columbia University Press, 2013).
Should we feel inadequate when we fail to be healthy, balanced, and well-adjusted? Is it realistic or even desirable to strive for such an existential equilibrium? Condemning our current cultural obsession with cheerfulness and "positive thinking," Mari Ruti calls for a resurrection of character that honors our more eccentric frequencies and argues that sometimes a tormented and anxiety-ridden life can also be rewarding.
Sam Binkley will discuss Happiness as Enterprise: an Essay on Neoliberal LIfe (Suny Press, 2014). Sam Binkley is an Associate Professor of Sociology at Emerson College, Boston
This book examines the contemporary discourse on happiness through the lens of a theory of neoliberal govern mentality -- a dynamic perspective derived from the work of Michel Foucault. It provides a novel account of the current explosion of interest in happiness, driven by the influential new field of "positive psychology." Happiness, it is claimed, represents a new development in the technologies of regulation and control unique to the neoliberal movement.
Where and What is Psychosocial Studies?
September 27, 2013
Psychosocial Studies has emerged in Europe during the past decade as a distinctive field of inquiry that poses a fundamental challenge to the 19th century disciplinary division between sociology and psychology. Within the context of recent theoretical developments in social and cultural theory, postcolonial and critical race theory, feminist and queer theory, and for many adherents, engaging critically with histories and practices of psychoanalysis, Psychosocial Studies is forging new ways of researching and thinking about the complex entanglements of the psychic and the social, in the constitution of individual subjectives, in group life and the wider social formation. Psychosocial Studies is now formally recognized by the academy for the Social Sciences in the UK, and takes institutionalized form in a number of universities across the UK which have recently set up undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in the field. In this talk Sasha Roseneil will offer an overview of the development of psychosocial studies, tracing its peculiarly British history and some of it's European antecedents and contemporary expressions, from her own perspective as a sociologist and feminist researcher, as a member of the first Department of Psychosocial Studies, and as the Chair of the newly established Association for Psychosocial Studies.
A Tragedy and a Dream: Disability Revisited
October 15, 2013
Born in Bulgaria, Julia Kristeva has lived and worked in France since 1966. In the 60's, Kristeva was an active member of the 'Tel Quel' group, publishing influential writings on the politics of language in the Tel Quel journal and eventually joining its editorial board. This early work in language and linguistics led to the publication of Semeiotike (1969) and La Revolution du language poetique (1974). Kristeva completed her training in psychoanalysis in 1979. Her writings in the 1980's draw on her practice as an analyst and elaborate on the nature of the relationship between semiotic drives and symbolic language. These texts include Pouvoirs de l'horreur (1980), Histoires d'amour (1985) and Soleil noir. Depression et melancolie (1987).
Kristeva is now Professor Emeritus at University of Paris VII Diderot. She holds honorary degrees from a number of universities in the United States, Canada, and Europe. In 2004, she was the first recipient of Norway's Prix Holberg in recognition of her "innovative explorations of questions on the intersection of language, culture, and literature, which inspired research across the humanities and the social sciences throughout the world and have also had a significant impact on feminist theory."
Michelle Alexander's "The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness"
December 6, 2013
The fourth installment in the Emmanuel Levinas Lectures, Sponsored by the Psychology and the Other Institute
The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness challenges the conventional widson that with the election of Barack Obama as president, our nation has "triumphed over race." Jim Crow laws were wiped off the books decades ago, but today an astounding percentage of the African American community is warehoused in prisons or trapped in a permanent, second-class status, much like their grandparents before them who lived under an explicit system of racial control. Alexander argues that the sudden and dramatic mass incarceration of African-American men, primarily through the War on Drugs, has created a new racial under caste -- a group of people defined largely by race that is subject to legalized discrimination, scorn, and social exclusion.
The old forms of discrimination -- employment, housing, education, and public benefits; denial of the right to vote; and exclusion from jury service -- are suddenly legal once you're labeled a felon. She challenges the civil rights community, and all of us, to place mass incarceration at the forefront of a new movement for racial justice in America.
Intergenerational Transmission & Subjectivity: New Psychosocial Methods
December 7th, 2013
Psychosocial research allows us to blend psychoanalytic insights with approaches from the humanities and social sciences which engage subjectivity in its social settings. The issue that has concerned Valerie Walkerdine recently is how to think about this in a historical way, which also does justice to the specificities of location. This has been particularly salient in Walkerdine's recent and ongoing work on intergenerational transmission. While there is a large literature on the intergenerational transmission of trauma, which recognizes the centrality of of historical events, the growing literature on, for example, the intergenerational transmission of poverty relies much more on a model of family pathology. Yet, family situations are always also set in locations and with specific histories. To avoid an easy reductionism, Walkerdine suggests that we need to find methods which can engage with the locational and historical as part of the analysis of subjectivity and not as an add-on. Along with colleagues, she has been developing approaches that attempt to do this and that also, more recently, explore a performative dimension. In this talk, Walkerdine will discuss these approaches, illustrating them with examples from her own fieldwork.