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August 31, 2020  

Fakhry Davids and Virginia De Micco - Racism and Violence in Pandemic Times.


William Kentridge, North Pole Map, 2003


Racism and violence in pandemic times: a psychoanalytical point of view.
A conversation between Fakhry Davids and Virginia De Micco

In this episode Fakhry Davids and Virginia De Micco begin with a reflection on the “Black Lives Matter” movement, suggesting a continuity between the inequalities of the past and those involved in societal racism today. They consider how such inequalities are internalized, suggesting that it results in one’s in-group identity being structured as an us-them link with an out-group, in which projective processes are heavily involved. Does the increased sense of vulnerability during times of pandemic produce greater pressure to project fear, danger, or ‘evil’ into the racial others – just at a time when their greater vulnerability is more evident?

Fakhry Davids, is a Training and Supervising Analyst of British Society, a member of the International Research Group Geographies of Psychoanalysis, a Board Member of PCCA (Partners in Confronting Collective Atrocities, and Member of the Holmes Commission for Racial Equality, American Psychoanalytic Association.

Virginia De Micco, is a Full Member of Italian Society, a member of the International Research Group Geographies of Psychoanalysis, and a Board Member of the group PER (Psicoanalisti Europei per i Rifugiati) of the Italian Society.

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August 24, 2020  

Denys Ribas - Death Drive and Destructiveness.


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Denys Ribas is a psychiatrist, child psychiatrist and psychoanalyst. He directed for 8 years the «Revue Française de Psychanalyse» and was for 4 years the President of the Paris Psychoanalytical Society. He has collected a long experience as psychoanalyst in a day hospital for young children, some of whom was autistic. His interest in the death drive comes to him both from the experience of the psychic conflictuality and from his deepening of the specifically autistic problematic, in line with the contributions of Tustin and of Meltzer. He has also worked with Benno Rosenberg, conceiving drive fusion and defusion in their movements in neurosis, in borderline states as well as in psychosomatic states where the somato-psychic balance is disturbed.

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This episode is available also in French

August 17, 2020  

Roosevelt Cassorla - Fanaticism: Reflections based on phenomena in the analytic field.


In today’s episode Roosevelt Cassorla will present his paper: “Fanaticism: Reflections based on phenomena in the analytic field”, recently published in the International Journal of Psychoanalyisis.

Roosevelt Cassorla is a Training Analyst for the Brazilian Psychoanalytic Societies of São Paulo and Campinas as well as a Full Professor of Medical Psychology at the State University of Campinas. He is a member of the Editorial Board of the International Journal of Psychoanalyisis and of other journals. He is a contributor to the IPA Inter-Regional Encyclopedic Dictionary of Psychoanalysis. He has published six books. His latest are The Psychoanalyst, The Theater of Dreams and The Clinic of Enactment and Suicide: Unconscious Factors and Socio-Cultural Aspects: An Introduction (in Portuguese). Cassorla also coordinates the Working Party "Microscopy of the Analytic Session" of the Brazilian and Latin America Psychoanalytic Federations. He received the 2017 Sigourney Award for Outstanding Achievement in Psychoanalysis.

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August 10, 2020  

Cordelia Schmidt-Hellerau - Driven to Preserve Self and Object.


In today’s episode Cordelia Schmidt-Hellerau will present her talk titled “Driven to preserve self and object” where she eloquently investigates the structuring function of the object in tension with the subject and its drives; the role of the aggression as an intensified expression of a need; and her original term “Lethe”, describing the energy of these preservative drives.

Cordelia Schmidt-Hellerau, (PHD) is a Training and Supervising Analyst of the Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute, and the Swiss Psychoanalytic Society. She has published numerous papers and 3 books on metapsychology, clinical issues, and applied Psychoanalysis. Since 2017 she has been the Chair of the IPA in Culture Committee

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This podcast is also available in French and German

August 4, 2020  

Marilia Aisenstein - Desire, Pain and Thought.


In today's episode we welcome Marilia Aisenstein who will talk about her upcoming book which will be published at the end of September 2020, titled Désir, douleur, pensée.

Marilia Aisenstein is a training analyst from the Hellenic Psychoanalytical Society and the Paris Psychoanalytical Society, of which she was also President. In 1992 she received the Bouvet Prize. She has been a representative on the Board of the IPA and also on its Executive Committee. She is currently European President of the New Groups Committee of the IPA and Deputy Secretary of the Congress of French Language Psychoanalysts.

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This podcast is also available in French

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