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         Issue 14: Racism, Caste, Class, Faith


16 July 2021

With this issue, Psychoanalysis.today works to expand and deepen the focus in psychoanalysis from the individual to the group and to train a psychoanalytic lens on matters of social formation; racism, class, caste and religious belief and practices. More
Image: Candombe: Pedro Figari

This armor both represents our wish to protect from and simultaneously join the majority culture. A Black physician colleague who dresses impeccably at work shared that he does so to defend himself.
Psychoanalysis in India frequently demands commitment to social justice. Often, analysis will be incomplete if it avoids caste as the scourge at the heart of the Indian unconscious.
The way ‘out of the dark night’, out of structural racism, requires the participation of psychoanalysis, psychoanalysts, and their institutions in order to be achieved. Omission never more.
Delusional racism results from a masochistic position of submission to a terrifying paternal object, bound to a primary maternal object, that the subject thus recovers.
Dipl. Psych. Ilia Borovikov
Dr. Karola Fings
Julius Mändle (1899-1968) – From Dachau to São Paulo
Research on Julius Mändle, a hitherto unknown early psychoanalyst in Cologne, who was persecuted as a Jew under National Socialism and emigrated to Brazil with his family.
Reflections on racism and belonging in South Africa.
How American psychoanalysis needs to examine its attitudes and approach to racial trauma, discrimination and prejudice.
Dra. Viviane Sprinz Mondrzak
PREJUDICE: reason and non-reason
I explore a complex phenomenon to be observed in its various dimensions, including its conscious and unconscious aspects.
Interview August 2021: New constitution in Chile: reflection of a new social pact

After a powerful social outbreak that broke the previous social pact, Chile became involved in an electoral process to choose representatives to draft a new constitution. In this interview with Psychoanalysis.today editor Maria Cristina Garcia Vasconcellos, Alfonso Pola, titular member of the Chilean Psychoanalytic Association, explains how this process has taken place and proposes a psychoanalytic way thinking about this subject, which is also happening in other parts of the world as a phenomenon of today's culture. (Available in Spanish only)
Issue 14: Psychoanalysis and racism in Brazil

For our issue on ‘Racism, Class, Caste, Faith’, Psychoanalysis.today editor Marina Kon Bilenky talks to Wania Maria Coelho Ferreira Cidade, former President of the Brazilian Society of Psychoanalysis of Rio de Janeiro and current Director of Community and Culture of the Brazilian Federation of Psychoanalysis (FEBRAPSI), on the lack of racial diversity in Brazilian psychoanalysis (both analysts and patients), and how this reflects widespread structural racism in the country as a whole.
Interview June 2021: Covid-19 in India

India has been catastrophically affected by Covid-19. In this interview with Psychoanalysis.today editor Gouri Salvi, renowned psychiatrist and researcher Dr Vikram Patel, describes the situation as an unprecedented humanitarian crisis, resulting in an entire population that has been traumatised. He explains why a complete overhaul of mental health care is necessary, and that for the country to truly heal, a truth and accountability commission will be required. 
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