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Intersectionality, Social Context, and the Co-Creation of Clinical Experience

April 21, 2023 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm, Wyman Classroom

Second Year Adult Psychoanalytic Training (APT)
2022-23, 3rd Trimester — Fridays, 3:30-5:00pm

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April 21, 2023 — Racial Melancholia and Racialized Ghosts

[36 pages]

Eng and Han conceptualize racial melancholia as a shared psychic experience related to dislocation, assimilation, and loss. Shah focuses on states of racial melancholia related to intergenerational trauma and the experience of living in a social context that is both profoundly racialized and profoundly uncomfortable with “racial multiplicity.”

The video, History and Memory, brings to life intergenerational transmission of trauma by exploring what is recorded, what is left unrecorded and what is imagined in our collective memory. The filmmaker, Rea Tajiri, uses photos, movie, and propaganda film clips, writing and family interviews to explore an aspect of her family’s history that has haunted her despite her family’s silence and efforts to forget.

Eng, D.L. & Han, S. (2019). Racial melancholia: Model minorities, depression, and suicide. In Racial Melancholia, Racial Dissociation: On the Social and Psychic Lives of Asian Americans. Durham, Duke University Press, pp34-55.

Shah, D. (2022) When Racialized Ghosts Refuse to Become Ancestors: Tasting Loewald’s “Blood of Recognition” in Racial Melancholia and Mixed-Race Identities, Psychoanalytic Dialogues, 32:6, 584-597

Tajiri, R. (1991). History and Memory.

32-minute video available with a public or university library card, please let instructors know if you have a barrier to accessing and we will help.



April 21, 2023
3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
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