Psychology & the Other Conference
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October 6, 7, & 8, 2023
Hybrid Conference: Boston College Campus & Online
At a Glance
Friday, October 6 -
Sunday, October 8, 2023
Boston College Campus and Online
Join us on Thursday, October 5, 2023 from 9am-4pm for our Pre-Conference Workshops. This year we will be hosting in-person workshops on Boston College's beautiful campus. We will offer a total of 7 CEs total for participants.
Stay tuned as registration opens soon!
Pre-Conference Workshop Speakers
Foucault on Power, Politics, Truth-telling
Dr. Ann Pellegrini
During an era of “fake news” and “post-truth,” what are the politics and ethical possibilities of telling the truth? More strongly, what does it even mean to tell the truth? This workshop comes at these questions through patient and close readings of selected texts by the critical theorist Michel Foucault. In a series of historical studies Foucault investigated what he called “the deep bond between the exercise of power and the obligation for individuals” to tell the truth about themselves (On the Government of the Living). Examining sites as distinct as the asylum, the prison, the confessional, the analyst’s office, Foucault showed how “the truthful confession was inscribed at the heart of the procedures of individualization by power” in modern Western society (History of Sexuality, Volume I).
Dr. Ann Pellegrini is a Professor of Performance Studies & Social and Cultural Analysis at New York University, and a psychoanalyst in private practice in New York City. They are the author/co-author of three books: Performance Anxieties: Staging Psychoanalysis, Staging Race (Routledge, 1997) and 20 Other Myths about LGBT Life and People, co-authored with Michael Bronski and Michael Amico (Beacon Press, 2013). She and Dr. Avgi Saketopoulou are the recipients of the first Tiresias Paper Award, from IPA’s Sexual and Gender Diversity Studies Committee, for their co-written essay “A Feminine Boy: Normative Investments and Reparative Fantasy at the Intersections of Gender, Race, and Religion.”
Aristotle for Clinicians
Dr. Greg Fried
In recent years, there has been a pronounced turn in psychology to the work of the ancient Greek philosopher Aristotle to reconceptualize and pursue new avenues of inquiry in domains such as moral psychology, virtue ethics, affectivity and reasoning, practical judgment and the neuroscience of decision-making, and happiness understood as human flourishing or well-being. This workshop will begin by introducing participants to key philosophical elements of Aristotle's moral and practical psychology. We will then examine how Aristotelian themes have been taken up in recent philosophy and psychology. We will conclude with a discussion of implications for clinical practice.
Gregory Fried is a Professor of Philosophy at Boston College. His research focuses on defending the liberal-democratic tradition against its critics. His most recent book is Towards a Polemical Ethics: Between Heidegger and Plato. His current project is Enacting a Polemical Ethics: Through the Lens of Frederick Douglass.
Doing Things with Trauma: An Introduction to Traumatophilia
Dr. Avgi Saketopoulou
A particular epistemology of trauma now wields an outsized hold over psychoanalytic theory and practice: trauma is of destructive, if not catastrophic effects. But what if we got this wrong? What if trauma is not, as neoliberal logics also tell us, a piece of shrapnel to be removed, but a cause of becoming? And what would that mean for our thinking about racial trauma? Putting pressure on the influential psychoanalytic fiction that ghosts may be turned to ancestors, Saketopoulou offers a traumatophilic framework that directs us away from what to do about trauma to what subjects do with their trauma. Readings from Jean Laplanche, queer of color critique, Black feminisms, and sexuality studies, will introduce the group to possibilities opened up by thinking traumatophilically.
Dr. Avgi Saketopoulou completed her training at the New York University Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis. She is on the faculty at the NYU Postdoctoral Program, the William Alanson White Institute, the New York Psychoanalytic Institute, the Stephen Mitchell Relational Center and the National Institute for the Psychotherapies in NYC, where she teaches courses on gender and sexuality.
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