Colonial Fantasies, Violent Transmission

Spring symposium in the rooms of the Swedish Psychoanalytical Association, Svenska psykoanalytiska föreningen, Västerlånggatan 60,
111 29 Stockholm, May 10th-12th 2019

Programme as of April 25th 2019

Registration for this conference has now closed


09.00-09.30 Opening address with presentation round

Chair: Annika Adeback

09.30-10.20 EILEEN WIELAND/ NERI DAURELLA – Colonial Fantasies and Their Enactments in Different Fields of Society

10.30-11.20 LENE AUESTAD – Racism as Horror, or Colonizing Consciousness 

11.30-12.20 DIANA MULINARI – Forgetting and Remembering. Racialised Scholars/ Racialised Research Subjects

12.30-13.20 JULIA BOROSSA – Social Violence and the Migrations of Psychoanalysis: Theoretical Reflections on Openness and Impasse

13.20-15.00 Lunch

Chair: Jay Frankel

15.00-15.50 AMNON BAR-OR/ GABY BONWITT – Trauma and Architecture. A Slip of the Pen in Embarrassment Zones. A Dialogue between an Architect and a Psychoanalyst

16.00-16.50 THOMAS JUNG – To Hate Someone is to let Them Rent a Room inside Your Head

17.00-17.50 ELIZABETH WEIGHTMAN – The Dilemma of Analysis: Psychoanalytic Reflections on the Concept of Historical Trauma and It’s Application to Colombia

18.00-18.50 LUIZ EDUARDO PRADO DE OLIVEIRA – Whatever Happened to Brazil? A Culture of Hate



Chair: Nicholas Smith

09.00-09.50 LARA SHEEHI/ STEPHEN SHEEHI – Psychoanalysis Under Occupation: Theories and Practice of Psychoanalysis in Palestine

10.00-10.50 MICHAEL O’LOUGHLIN – Conceptualizing a Decolonized Psychoanalysis and Emancipated Subjectivity: Working Against the Grain of Psychoanalysis

11.00-11.50 TERESA SANTOS NEVES/ CARLOS FERRAZ – “Portugal is not a Small Country”: Psychoanalytical Considerations on Losing a Lost Paradise

12.00-12.50 MJ MAHER – Colonised Minds, Can They be Decolonised?

12.50-14.30 Lunch

Chair: Julia Borossa

14.30-15.20 MARGARITA PALACIOS – Re-imagining Desire

15.30-16.20 LINDEN WEST – England, A Last Colony? A Psycho-Historical Reflection

16.30-17.20 ŽELJKA MATIJAŠEVIĆ – “No, We are not Balkanians!” An Issue of absolute Agreement between the Croatian Left and the Croatian Right

17.30-18.20 JAMIE STEELE – Surveillance Fantasies: The Psychic Colonization of Big Data

(Joint dinner, covered by the organizers, in the evening)


SUNDAY 12th 

Chair: Margarita Palacios

09.00-09.50 NICHOLAS SMITH – Rethinking the Unconscious in Times of Desperate Migration. Fanon’s Approach Revisited

10.00-10.50 HAAKON FLEMMEN – “Stop the Savagery!” On How “the Negro” became the Centre of Attention in the Norwegian Blasphemy Controversy in the 1930s

11.00-11.50 CAROLINE ROONEY – Colonization and Demonization: A Reading of The Tempest for Our Times

12.00-12.50 FADI ABOU-RIHAN – On the Micro-Colonial

12.50-14.30 Lunch

Chair: Lene Auestad

14.30-15.20 JAY FRANKEL – The Narcissistic Dynamics of Submission

15.30-16.20 VANESSA SINCLAIR – The Colonial Crusade Against Magical Thinking

16.30-17.20 Closing discussion, feedback about the conference


About the speakers:

FADI ABOU-RIHAN, Psychoanalyst, Toronto, Canada

LENE AUESTAD, Dr. PhD, Philosophy, Prev. Research fellow, Un. Of Oslo, Centre for Studies of the Holocaust and Religious Minorities, Oslo, Norway/UK

AMNON BAR-OR, Prof. Arch. Architect, Senior Lecturer, Tel Aviv University Azrieli School of Architecture, Israel

GABY BONWITT, Training Psychoanalyst, Israeli Psychoanalytic Society, prev. Board member, Director of Group Relations conferences

JULIA BOROSSA, Associate Professor, Psychoanalysis, Middlesex Un., London, Group Analyst, IGA, UK

NERI DAURELLA, Psychoanalyst, Spanish Psychoanalytical Society

CARLOS FERRAZ, Psychoanalyst, Portuguese, Psychoanalytic Society

HAAKON FLEMMEN, Doctoral Research Fellow, History of Ideas, University of Oslo, Norway

JAY FRANKEL, Psychoanalyst, New York, USA

THOMAS JUNG, Psychoanalyst, Vienna Psychoanalytic Association, Group Analyst, Architect, Austria

MJ MAHER, Group Analyst, IGA, Community Psychiatric Nurse, UK

ŽELJKA MATIJAŠEVIĆ, Full Prof., Literature, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Zagreb, Croatia

DIANA MULINARI, Prof., Dept. of Gender Studies, University of Lund, Sweden

TERESA SANTOS NEVES, PhD in Psychology, Un. Of Kent, UK, Psychoanalyst, Portuguese, Psychoanalytic Society

LUIZ EDUARDO PRADO DE OLIVEIRA, Professor Emeritus, Paris 7 Un., Denis Diderot, France

MICHAEL O’LOUGHLIN, Professor, Psychoanalysis, Adelphi Un., New York, USA

MARGARITA PALACIOS, Senior Lecturer, Psychosocial Studies, Birkbeck University of London, UK

CAROLINE ROONEY, Professor of African and Middle Eastern Studies, School of English, Un. Of Kent, UK

LARA SHEEHI, Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychology, George Washington University, USA

STEPHEN SHEEHI, Sultan Qaboos bin Said Chair of Middle East Studies, College of William and Mary, USA

VANESSA SINCLAIR, Psychoanalyst, prev. New York, now Stockholm, Sweden

NICHOLAS SMITH, Senior Lecturer, Philosophy, Södertörn Un., Stockholm, Sweden

JAMIE STEELE, LMFT Doctoral Candidate, Dep. Of STS Rensselaer Polytechnic Inst., Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, USA

ELIZABETH WEIGHTMAN, Lecturer, Dep. Of Psychology, Un. Of Exeter, UK

LINDEN WEST, Professor, Dep. Of Education, Canterbury Christ Church Un., UK

EILEEN WIELAND, Psychoanalyst, Spanish Psychoanalytical Society



This is an interdisciplinary conference, including theoretical contributions and historical, literary or clinical case studies on these and related themes from philosophers, sociologists, psychoanalysts, psychotherapists, group analysts, literary theorists, historians, anthropologists, and others. Perspectives from different psychoanalytic schools will be most welcome. We promote discussion among the presenters and participants, for the symposium series creates a space where representatives of different perspectives come together, engage with one another’s contributions and participate in a community of thought. Therefore, attendance to the whole symposium is obligatory. Due to the nature of the forum audio recording is not permitted.

Presentations are expected to take half an hour. Another 20 minutes is set aside for discussion. There is a 10 min break in between each paper.

A participation fee, which includes a shared dinner with wine, of € 349 before February 20th 2019 – € 449 between February 20th 2019 and April 1st 2019 – € 529 after April 1st, is to be paid before the symposium. Please note that the fee is non-refundable.
Registration for this conference has now closed.


Your place is only confirmed once your registration including payment is completed.

We would like to thank the Swedish Psychoanalytical Association.

Unfortunately, we are unable to offer travel grants or other forms of financial assistance for this event, though we will be able to assist you in finding affordable accommodation after January 20th 2019. Please contact us if you wish to make a donation towards the conference. We thank all donors in advance!