Decolonial Psychoanalysis: Foundations to Theory, Research and Practice

New School for Social Research: Psychology

Liberal Arts
Graduate Course
Majors Only
Decolonial Psychoanalysis
Fall 2022
Taught By: Daniel Gaztambide
Section: A

CRN: 15176

Credits: 3

In this advanced seminar, students will be introduced to a decolonial perspective to psychoanalytic theory and practice that critically reimagines Freud, Ferenczi, and Lacan through the lens of the revolutionary Martiniquan psychiatrist Frantz Fanon. Through a close study of the theoretical writings, case studies, and first person accounts of former patients, the course will explore how each of these forerunners of contemporary psychoanalysis conducted their actual clinical practice and addressed issues of race, class, culture and coloniality in their work. The course will also explore how Frantz Fanon was not only a post-colonial theorist but a psychoanalytic therapist in his own right who critiqued and reimagined Freud, Ferenczi, and Lacan to give birth to a properly decolonial approach to psychoanalytic theory and practice that addresses culture, race, gender, sexuality and class. In the second half of this course, students and the instructor will subject this emerging psychoanalytic theory to critical scrutiny in light of the available scientific evidence. Drawing from basic psychological science, psycholinguistics, and affective neuroscience, the course will examine what aspects of a decolonial psychoanalytic theory remain robust, need to be reimagined, or rejected in light of the available evidence. Turning to psychotherapy process and outcome research, the course will conclude by evaluating the efficacy of psychoanalytic treatment in a rapidly changing and increasingly diverse world. Given the seminar format, the course will be dialogic in nature using a combination of brief lecture, discussion of the readings, and presentations by students based on their areas of interest. Students who participate will also contribute to adapting the course to meet their intellectual and clinical interests. Interested students are encouraged to register and contact the instructor to receive a form to help us find the best time. The course is open to PhD and MA students with permission from the instructor.

College: New School for Social Research (GF)

Department: Psychology (GPSY)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Modality: In-Person

Max Enrollment: 15

Add/Drop Deadline: September 12, 2022 (Monday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: December 18, 2022 (Sunday)

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Closed*

* Status information is updated every few minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 6:10pm EST 2/6/2023

Meeting Info:
Days: Tuesday
Times: 1:55pm - 3:45pm
Building: Academic Entrance 63 Fifth Ave
Room: 204
Date Range: 8/30/2022 - 12/6/2022