Thursday, April 2nd, 2020
Emily Kuriloff, Ph.D.
Donna Orange Psy.D, Ph.D.- Discussant
WHAT HAPPENED TO THE BABY’S HEAD: Between Victim and Victimizer
Without the absent ones, there would be nothing.
Without the fugitives, nothing is firm.
Without the forgotten, nothing for certain.
— The Disappeared/The Vanished by Hans Magnus Enzenberger
After speaking at a German psychoanalytic conference meant to address the impact of the Holocaust upon Jews and Germans in the 21st century, the weekend began and ended with little or no meaningful dialogue. Unctuous confessionals, sanctimonious denial, finger pointing and hurt ensued instead. How similar this felt to exchanges I have experienced when esteemed and “well meaning” white psychoanalysts, including myself, try and fail to engage in conversation about racism with black professionals. It is precisely such ” interactions,” those between victims and perpetrators that this talk attempts to explore, particularly the ways in which the liminal space of the creative imagination can work to prevent, or to prepare space in which dialogue may begin.
The Theater at 244 Rehearsal Studios
244 West 54th Street
Donna M. Orange, Ph.D, Psy.D is educated in philosophy, clinical psychology and psychoanalysis, Donna Orange teaches at NYU Postdoctoral Program and IPSS (Institute for the Psychoanalytic Study of Subjectivity, New York). Recent books are Thinking for Clinicians (2010), The Suffering Stranger: Hermeneutics for Everyday Clinical Practice (2011), Nourishing the Inner Life of Clinicians and Humanitarians (2016) and Climate Crisis, Psychoanalysis, and Radical Ethics (2017), and Learning to Hear: Psychoanalysis, History, and Radical Ethics (2019, in press).