july, 2024

26jul3:30 pm5:00 pmSummer Series: “Old and Dirty Gods”: Religion and Antisemitism at the Origins of Psychoanalysis

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NPAP Summer Series

Presents

“Old and Dirty Gods”: Religion and Antisemitism at the Origins of Psychoanalysis

Presenter:
Pamela Cooper-White, PhD, LCPC

Moderator:
Thomas S. Taylor, PhD, LCSWR

Friday, July 26, 2024
3:30pm – 5pm

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Freud’s collection of antiquities – his “old and dirty gods”– stood as silent witnesses to the early analysts’ paradoxical fascination and hostility toward religion. The author will argue in this paper that antisemitism, reaching back centuries before the Holocaust, and the acute perspective from the margins that it engendered among the first analysts, stands at the very origins of psychoanalytic theory and practice. The core insight of psychoanalytic thought – that there is always more beneath the surface appearances of reality, and that this “more” is among other things affective, memory-laden and psychological – cannot fail to have had something to do with the experiences of the first Jewish analysts in their position of marginality and oppression in Habsburg-Catholic Vienna of the 20th century. The lecture engages recent contributions by relational psychoanalysts to probe the significance of Judaism, Christianity, and the Holocaust for psychoanalytic theory, and will conclude with some parallels between the decades leading to the Holocaust and the current political situation in the U.S. and Europe, and their implications for liberative psychoanalytic praxis.

Learning Objectives: After attending this presentation, participants will be able to
– Discuss the depth and complexity of the early Viennese psychoanalysts’ conceptualizations of religion.
– Describe how antisemitism functioned as “total context” that stands at the origins of psychoanalytic theory.
– Explain parallels between the decades leading up to the Holocaust and the present American and European political context, and how psychoanalysis can function as a liberative praxis.

Open to:
NPAP Members I $25
Professionals I $40
Candidates/Students I $15
Contribution I suggested

1.5 CE contact hours will be granted to participants with documented attendance and complete evaluation form. It is the responsibility of the participants seeking CE credits to comply with these requirements. Upon completion, a Certificate of Attendance will be emailed to all participants.

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Time

(Friday) 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm

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