TRACES OF VIOLENCE AND FREEDOM OF THOUGHT
Lene Auestad and Amal Treacher Kabesh eds.
Studies in the Psychosocial series, Palgrave Macmillan, 2017.
We are all tainted, whether we are actively engaged or not, by violence in its countless and troubling manifestations. Images and fragments of traumatic and violent scenarios are transported from one generation’s unconscious to that of another, leading to cycles of repetition and retaliation, restricting one’s freedom to imagine alternatives and inhabit alternative positions. The essays in this book focus on the workings of violence and power. All the articles work within a psychosocial framework by unsettling the boundaries between psyche-social. Four themes are addressed: violence of speech, violence and domination, repetition and violence, and the possibility of reparation or renewal. The articles point to the fusion of temporalities and argue that the past persists in the present.
A short film presenting the book
INTRODUCTION by Lene Auestad and Amal Treacher Kabesh
LENE AUESTAD – Speech, Repetition, Renewal
SZYMON WRÓBEL – Logos, Ethos and Pathos or The Paradigm of Patho-Politics
WERNER PRALL – To Be or Bartleby: Psychoanalysis and the Crisis of Immunity
JONATHAN DAVIDOFF – Instrumental Subjectivity: père-suasion as père-version
KATHLEEN KELLEY-LAINÉ – From Totalitarian to Democratic Functioning: The Psychic Economy of Infantile Processes
KINGA GÖNCZ – Rhetorics of Power – Can it Dress up the Naked King?
EDWARD WEISBAND – The Rhetorics of Power and The Power of Rhetoric: Reification, Hate And Desire: A Psychopolitical Analysis of Mass Atrocity and Genocide
JULIA RICHTER – Intergenerational Layers of Silence: How the Concealed or the Outspoken Remain Undiscussable
LUCIA CORTI – Letters from The Unknown: Psychoanalysis and the Ethics of Knowing
AMAL TREACHER KABESH – Worrying Indifference: Sacrificing the Other
FERENC ERŐS – Ferenc Merei and the Politics of Psychoanalysis in Hungary
JULIA BOROSSA – Histories of Violence: Outrage, Identification and Analytic Work