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Calling Power by Its Name: Call for Papers


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Call for Papers
Deadline for submissions: 05 April 2019
Calling power by its name: Contributions to psychosocial thought and practice from Latin America

How do we understand power relations? How do we make them visible when they operate in part by being hidden from consciousness?

There are myriad meeting points between political ideas of emancipation and the aim of liberation implicit in the self-knowledge sought in psychoanalysis and other forms of psychological therapy. The workshop will explore applications of social psychology and psychoanalysis to critiques of economic, class, gender and racial forms of domination.

‘Liberation psychology’ is the term used by keynote speaker Nancy Caro Hollander to consider the thinkers and practices that hold on to the emancipatory potential of self-knowledge in a social context.

Public lecture by Nancy Caro Hollander – Power, trauma and resistance: Psychosocial perspectives on subjectivity from Latin America 

In Latin America ‘consciousness raising’ has long been a social endeavour. Power relations are made visible through art, music, social protest, in grassroots organising, in the expression of indigenous worldviews and in the activism that makes explicit the communication and solidarity needed to take on established power structures. Action leads to reflection, leads to reflective action, and new understanding, and new actions.

One way to think about Latin America’s significant collective efforts in defending human rights and reconstructing memory is to see the dialectic of action and reflection that creates collective spaces for raising awareness individually, as well as socially.

How are current power relations being brought to collective awareness? Where can we see the social trauma of insecurity and fear bred by neoliberal economics and cuts in social spending? How is structural violence being made apparent? How do we support those facing intimidation and violence for speaking clearly to power? Who is bridging the individualistic narrative of burnout and anxiety and turning it into a collective experience?

We welcome articles, artwork and activities that address the issue of how to render power relations visible and open them up to transformation.

‘Calling Power by Its Name’ will be a one-day trans-disciplinary workshop to be held at Birkbeck University London on Tuesday 14th May 2019. It will be an innovative mix of academic presentations and experiential group work to explore different approaches to understanding power relations. You can send 300-word abstracts to the convenors by 5th April 2019.


Natalie Edelman, Senior Research Fellow, School of Health Sciences, University of Brighton (n.edelman@brighton.ac.uk)

Marcela López Levy, Visiting Research Fellow at the Institute for Latin American Studies,(marcela.lopezlevy@sas.ac.uk)

Nancy Caro Hollander is Professor Emerita of History at California State University, Dominguez Hills and a Research Psychoanalyst. She lived in Argentina during the late 60s and 70s and was forced to leave on the eve of that country’s military coup that launched its dirty war against its own citizens.

Her experiences with a network of Latin American psychoanalysts, especially from the Southern Cone, committed to struggles for social justice, have contributed to a transdisciplinary approach to understanding the reciprocal impact of social forces, ideology and unconscious individual and group fantasy, affects and defences.

She is primarily interested in the factors that promote identification with power and those that facilitate the emergence of subjects capable of resistance to hegemony. She’s the author of Love in a Time of Hate and Uprooted Minds: Surviving the Politics of Terror in the Americas.

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