Thank you for attending the Psychology & the Other Conference 2023!
Stay tuned for updates and highlights from this year's event. We look forward to welcoming you to our future conferences.
At a Glance
Friday, October 6 -
Sunday, October 8, 2023
Boston College Campus and Online
Registration is now closed. Please keep an eye out for updates regarding our upcoming conference in London, scheduled for July 2024.
University of Pennsylvania
Reparations and the Human: Racial Rage, Racial Guilt
How to Build the Other from Scratch After Its Destruction? A Psychoanalytic and Interdisciplinary Approach
Whom Shall I Walk With? Reflections of a Black(ish) South African scholar in the North American Academy
University of Connecticut
Psychoanalysis as a Decolonial Practice
Life Worth Living: What Matters Most?
Union Theological Seminary
The Psycholog(ies) of Christian Nationalism: What Draws People In, & Whether, When and How to Talk Across the Extremist Divide
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 and the Crisis of Truth
Dr. Ann Pellegrini
During an era of “fake news” and “alternative facts,” what are the politics and 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 Michel Foucault, with particular attention to the links Foucault exposes between power, truth-telling, and subjectivity. In historical studies on madness, psychiatric power, the prison, and discourses of sexuality, Foucault showed how the imperative to discover and “confess” the truth about the self has been a means of subjecting individuals to power. Put more strongly, Foucault exposed how the modern Western subject has been produced through the very demand to tell the truth about the self. In lectures written and presented in the last years of his life, however, Foucault offered another analysis of truth and truth-telling focused on the ancient Greek concept of parrhêsia, or frank speech. Here, his emphasis was on the possibility of individuals speaking the truth as a way to confront, challenge, and resist authority. David Halperin helpfully glosses this difference in emphasis as a distinction between confessing the truth and professing it. How are we to make sense of these two ways of analyzing and practicing the relationship between truth-telling, subjectivity, and the exercise of power, and how might it speak back to the contemporary moment of “post-truth” politics?
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.
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.