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Workshop on Psychoanalysis and Decoloniality

01.11.2023 | 14:00 - 19:30

This workshop proposes to engage with the liberating potential of psychoanalysis while also addressing its colonial legacy. Originating in the Global North, psychoanalysis has often been accused of complicity with its power structures and of projecting assumed western universals onto sociocultural contexts to which they do not apply. Yet, thinkers in and from the Global South have also drawn from psychoanalysis in their critiques of Eurocentrism: Fanon, Glissant, Spivak, Mbembe, Gonzalez, Kilomba – to name but a few. This workshop explores the conceptual, methodological, ethical, and political implications of psychoanalysis as well as the singularity and historicity of specific engagements with it. Questions to be addressed include: What have been the affordances of psychoanalysis for decolonial thinking? How can psychoanalysis benefit from a dialogue with decolonial theory? What kinds of collaboration have been and can be proposed between thinkers and practitioners involved with psychoanalysis and decolonial theory in both the Global North and the Global South?

Zeit & Ort

01.11.2023 | 14:00 - 19:30

RAUM 201
10117 BERLIN