These programs promote interdisciplinary conversations focused on human identity, suffering, and potential, with particular concern for the enduring ethical questions at the heart of human existence.
Psychologists, Counselors, Social Workers, Educators, Scholars
Conferences, institutes, lectures, and symposia (with a mix of live and online formats)
Derek Hook, Associate Professor of Psychology, Duquesne University
Sheldon George, Assistant Professor of English, Simmons University
Why are so many everyday psychological accounts of racism ineffective?
Historically, we are accustomed to thinking of racism as the outcome of ignorance or intolerance. Most approaches seem invariably to miss a central feature of everyday racism, namely that it hinges on a type of passionate intensity. This talk introduces the notion that racism entails a type of “enjoyment” (that is, a type of affective arousal) which is present both in the ‘pleasure of hating’ and in attributions of others as somehow excessive, as contravening cultural norms of enjoyment (by virtue of “their” music, food, religion, dress-sense and culture, etc.). A systematic exploration of a core set of ideas (libidinal enjoyment, resentment, the excessive other, and the moralizing dimension of racism) suggests that they might be more workable, indeed, essential, to how we think and act upon racism today.
Appreciate shortcomings both within everyday explanations for racism and within much of the psychological theorizing on racism.
Consider what might be most useful - analytically, critically – about approaching racism as involving a type of passionate intensity or ‘double affectivity’.
Reflect upon the double affectivity of racism as involving both a type of resentment and a paradoxical ‘pleasure in hating’ (or “enjoyment”)
Critically evaluate both the distinctive contributions and the prospective shortcomings of a Lacanian psychoanalytic approach which views racism as “enjoyment” and as the perceived “theft of enjoyment”.
We are excited to share upcoming details soon.