Immigration in Psychoanalysis: Locating Ourselves - 9 March, 2016 - San Francisco

In his presentation Francisco Gonzalez looks at the sense of possibility and creative edge that lies in immigration. He examines the generative force of migration for the individual, in psychoanalysis, and in the encounter between foreigner and native. He understands the idea of the foreigner as an existential register beyond a difference in nationality. Gonzalez considers how immigration aids us in elaborating abstract notions of transitional space by complementing it with the idea of material place. Julia Beltsiou explores her analytic work with a patient from the West Indies, examining how issues of longing, ambiguous belonging, and outsiderness play out between her patient and herself, complicating notions of both immigration and psychoanalysis. Moving away from home may be the only way to give contours to an opaque sense that something is not quite right, an attempt to become intelligible to ourselves and others. The process of settling in a strange land has at its center meeting ourselves: making ourselves at home in the foreign, and at home in our foreignness.

See also book: Immigration in Psychoanalysis: Locating Ourselves

March 9th, 2016 7:30 PM

PINC Conference Room
530 Bush Street, Suite 700
San Francisco, CA 94108
United States

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