A lecture by Prof Lynne Layton.

This lecture takes up the question of what a social psychoanalysis might look like in the clinic and in the social world. Drawing on some earlier psychoanalysts who have connected the social and the psychic, I introduce the concept of normative unconscious processes, which addresses the ways that racism, heterosexism, classism and other social inequalities are unconsciously replicated in the clinic. Looking at what Davoine and Gaudillière call the Big History, we will then explore how therapists can resist unconsciously replicating cultural inequalities and neoliberal social relations.

Lynne Layton, Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology and Comparative Literature, is a psychoanalyst and supervisor at the Massachusetts Institute for Psychoanalysis and a Corresponding Member of the BIDMC Psychiatry Department at Harvard Medical School. She is a past President of Section IX (Psychoanalysis for Social Responsibility) of Division 39, APA, and founder of Reflective Spaces/Material Places Boston, a group of psychodynamic therapists committed to community mental health and social justice. She is also on the organizing committee of the Grassroots Reparations Campaign.

Selected publications: Toward a Social Psychoanalysis: Culture, Character, and Normative Unconscious Processes (2020); Who’s That Girl? Who’s That Boy? Clinical Practice Meets Postmodern Gender Theory (2004); Psychoanalysis, Class and Politics: Encounters in the Clinical Setting (with Nancy Caro Hollander and Susan Gutwill, 2006).

Please note: Discounts for pupils/students/trainees/social welfare recipients etc. are available on request to gesellschaft@apb.de.

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