10 Dec 2022: Psychoanalysis and Colonialism Revisited

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This is the latest in a series of seminars on Decolonising Psychoanalysis, organised by the Race and Culture Committee of the Guild of Psychotherapists. The series is intended to open up conversations about psychoanalysis by initiating Transatlantic Dialogues between academic research and clinical practice.

In this seminar, Ranjana Khanna reconsiders some of the theories and observations of her pathbreaking book Dark Continents: Psychoanalysis and Colonialism (2003), and we will discuss the clinical and social implications of these still-relevant ideas. She will consider the demands made on psychoanalysis from the outside and from within psychoanalytic theory.


Ranjana Khanna

Dark Continents: Psychoanalysis and Colonialism Revisited

and in discussion with

Anshu Srivastava

Ranjana Khanna's work is wide-ranging and engages in particular questions of sexual difference and colonial legacies, looking to conceptualise a psychoanalysis which is genuinely 'postcolonial' and emancipatory. Her book Dark Continents (2003) was one of the first to investigate comprehensively the influence of colonialism and racialisation on the theory and practice of psychoanalysis and related therapies. How do these ideas strike us today, when we consider ourselves more conversant with the issues raised by post-colonial thinking? More broadly, can they help psychoanalysis and other talking therapies embody an anti-racist approach in their clinical practice and theorising?

Saturday 10 December 2022, 3:00pm - 5:00pm GMT

Online seminar
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For further event details, speakers' biographies and booking options please see the event listing.

Bursaries available for young people under 18, those receiving benefits, and NHS mental health service users.

CPD certificates available on request.

Organised by the Race and Culture Committee of the Guild of Psychotherapists, London.