Oppression and Welcoming Strangers

A conference to celebrate 10 years of Psychoanalysis and Politics

Part I

September 19th 2020, 9.00-18.00, Litteraturhuset, Amalie Skram,
Wergelandsveien 29, 0167 Oslo

(Part 2

September 18th 2021, 9.00-18.00, Litteraturhuset, Amalie Skram,
Wergelandsveien 29, 0167 Oslo)

“Also you shall not oppress a stranger, for you know the heart of a stranger,
because you were strangers in the land of Egypt.”
Exodus 23:9

“The ethical force of the public sacrificial meal rested upon very ancient ideas of the significance of eating and drinking together. Eating and drinking with a man was a symbol and a confirmation of fellowship and mutual social obligations. […] whenever food is eaten in common, the participation
in the same substance establishes a sacred bond between those who consume it
when it has entered their bodies.”
Freud, Totem and Taboo, (1913)

This conference marks the 10th anniversary of the international and interdisciplinary conference series Psychoanalysis and Politics. A central aspect of this ongoing community of thought is reflecting on the nature of inclusion, and specifically the unconscious and preconscious aspects of inclusion and its opposites in social settings. Thinking of how power and oppression is expressed and experienced in contemporary social and political spaces is key to understanding the workings of welcoming, or excluding, people who are conceived of as strangers. The conference will include contributions from some of the people who have supported our work throughout the years, and will provide ample space for dialogue between the participants.

Update May 3rd 2020: This was originally planned as an international conference. When the virus situation occurred, the planning was paused, to await future developments. Based on the recent declaration by the Norwegian government, the conference will proceed, with max 50 participants, with 1 m distance between them, and with advance registration only. Unfortunately, since we can expect that the borders will remain closed, this event will only include people who are already inside of Norway. Thus the conference will be a “Part 1” and a “Part 2”, with the same title, will be held as an international event in 2021, after the borders have opened up again.

A programme and further information will be forthcoming. The aim is to present a programme and to open up for registration in June this year.