Psychoanalysis and Social Justice October 22-23, 2010; submit, 7/1/10

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The Association for the Psychoanalysis of Culture and Society
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This conference will address issues regarding how psychoanalytic theory and practice guide and are guided by our ideas about social justice and social responsibility. We invite you to reflect on ways in which you and your discipline are implicated in these issues, and to offer proposals from those perspectives. We are seeking proposals that investigate what psychoanalysis—in both its theoretical and applied forms—can offer for a better understanding of social change, its limitations and possibilities. Please think broadly about issues that arise in your discipline in relation to social justice. Consider, for example, the following:

➢ Is the idea of psychoanalysis for social justice an oxymoron?
➢ How psychoanalysis illuminates differing views of social justice and their implications
➢ Psychoanalysis and the possibility of social justice
➢ Psychiatric diagnosis and practice as an oppressive force
➢ Clinical or cultural interventions that illuminate relations between psychoanalysis and social justice
➢ How psychoanalytically informed research illuminates aspects of social justice/inequality
➢ How might psychoanalysis assist in social justice based critiques of mass media
➢ Portrayals of themes of social justice in various media and the arts
➢ Variations in views of social justice across cultures
➢ Tensions in the relationship between the individual and the social environment
➢ Psychoanalytic responses to injustice: tensions between theory and application
➢ How might psychoanalysis use ideas of social justice to affect public policy and public health?
➢ How does psychoanalytic theory inform ideas and practice regarding systemic oppression and marginalization of particular groups?
➢ Can psychoanalysis speak to wars, genocide, state terror, and colonial and imperial movements?

We are particularly interested in panel proposals or roundtables that discuss these issues and also invite you to think of alternate formats that promote discussion. Abstracts should be no longer than 250 words. Please attach a cover sheet that includes your name, primary affiliation, and contact information.

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