INTERNATIONAL PSYCHOHISTORICAL ASSOCIATION’S
46th ANNUAL CONFERENCE
MAY 18-20, 2023
VIRTUALLY ON ZOOM

WHAT ON EARTH IS GOING ON?
PSYCHOHISTORICAL PERSPECTIVES ON A WORLD ON THE EDGE

SUBTHEMES: PSYCHOHISTORICAL INSIGHTS ON

• CLIMATE CHANGE AND THE PSYCHOLOGY OF DENIAL
• WARS, GEOPOLITICAL CONFLICT, AND OTHER INTERNATIONAL CRISES
• RESURGENT TRIBALISM: BACKLASH TO NEOLIBERAL GLOBALIZATION
• GENDER, RACE, AND IDEOLOGIES OF DOMINATION
• PSYCHOANALYSIS AND HEALING

STEVEN PINKER (KEYNOTE)

Johnstone Family Professor of Psychology, Harvard University; author of The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence has Declined and Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress.

Presentation Title: The Better Angels of our Nature.

SALLY WEINTROBE (FEATURED SPEAKER)

Chair, International Psychoanalytic Association’s Committee on Climate; author of Psychological Roots of the Climate Crisis: Neoliberal Exceptionalism and the Culture of Uncare.

Presentation Title: Psychological Roots of the Climate Crisis.

JAMES W. ANDERSON (FEATURED SPEAKER)

Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Northwestern University; author of Psychobiography: In Search of the Inner Life (forthcoming).

Presentation Title: Animosity, Affection, Agony, and Empathy: Elements in Psychobiographers’ Relationships with the People They Study.

WHAT IS “A WORLD ON THE EDGE”?

With record breaking temperatures, wildfires, and extreme weather events, it is now clear that humanity faces a climate emergency and Sixth Extinction that threaten both human civilization and our planet’s biodiversity. Yet an entire political party in the United States and similar parties in other countries exhibit a psychology of denial about the urgency of the threat and its human causes. Other global aspects of our “Anthropocene epoch” encompass what some call a New Cold War, pandemics, and an acceleration of technological change including artificial intelligence.

All this is occurring in the context of an international political-economic system that puts profits before the needs of ordinary people, fueling a populist backlash to globalization. In its right-wing variants, this includes  toxic racial and gender dynamics; authoritarian politics and religion; and other forms of tribalism.

Where do we begin in responding effectively to these myriad challenges?  In this conference we tap the full range of psychoanalytic and psychohistorical resources as a basis for understanding and healing. Topics include:

  • group psychology and analysis of the ego in a time of globalization;
  • intergenerational transmission of trauma and resilience;
  • psychoanalysis and the turmoil of our times—can structure hold, and should it?
  • childhood and its history, psychobiography, and the methodology of psychohistory;
  • the healing potential of music, and others.

FULL PROGRAM AS OF 3 MARCH (All times are Eastern Daylight Time)
Click on Title to view Abstract and Short Bio (if available)

May 18 (Thursday) ROOM 1

May 18 (Thursday) ROOM 2

May 18 (Thursday) ROOM 3

No events available!

May 19 (Friday) ROOM 1

May 19 (Friday) ROOM 2

May 19 (Friday) ROOM 3

No events available!

May 20 (Saturday) ROOM 1

May 20 (Saturday) ROOM 2

May 20 (Saturday) ROOM 3

No events available!

MAY 18 Thursday

TimeMay 18 (Thursday) ROOM 1May 18 (Thursday) ROOM 2May 18 (Thursday) ROOM 3
8:30 AM - 8:55 AM EDT
Zoom practice session (8:30 - 8:55) and President's Opening Remarks (8:55 - 9:00)
Zoom practice session (8:30 - 8:55) and President's Opening Remarks (8:55 - 9:00)
Zoom practice session (8:30 - 8:55) and President's Opening Remarks (8:55 - 9:00)
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM EDT
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10:05 AM - 11:05 AM EDT

11:10 AM - 12:10 PM EDT

12:15 PM - 12:55 PM EDT
PLENARY --- Sally Weintrobe: Psychological Roots of the Climate Crisis --- PLENARY

PLENARY --- Steven Pinker: The Better Angels of our Nature --- PLENARY

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PLENARY --- Sally Weintrobe: Psychological Roots of the Climate Crisis --- PLENARY

PLENARY --- Steven Pinker: The Better Angels of our Nature --- PLENARY

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PLENARY --- Sally Weintrobe: Psychological Roots of the Climate Crisis --- PLENARY

PLENARY --- Steven Pinker: The Better Angels of our Nature --- PLENARY

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1:00 PM - 2:00 PM EDT
2:05 PM - 3:05 PM EDT

3:10 PM - 4:10 PM EDT

4:15 PM - 5:00 PM EDT


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MAY 19 Friday

TimeMay 19 (Friday) ROOM 1May 19 (Friday) ROOM 2May 19 (Friday) ROOM 3
8:30 AM - 8:55 AM EDT
Zoom practice session and conference orientation
Zoom practice session and conference orientation
Zoom practice session and conference orientation
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM EDT
Deconstructing, De-alienating, Liberating with Integrative, Critical Approaches to Wellness - Denis O'Keefe
10:05 AM - 11:05 AM EDT

11:10 AM - 12:10 PM EDT

12:15 PM - 12:55 PM EDT

No one told us it wasn't supposed to hurt: Using standpoint theory to inform, listen and respond to Black women's pain in the medical/health care system - Betty Voltaire

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2:05 PM - 3:05 PM EDT

3:10 PM - 4:10 PM EDT

4:15 PM - 5:00 PM EDT
A critical analysis of Western, Neo-Liberal approaches to substance abuse and alternative Eastern approaches 2. Deena Patel


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MAY 20 Saturday

TimeMay 20 (Saturday) ROOM 1May 20 (Saturday) ROOM 2May 20 (Saturday) ROOM 3
8:30 AM - 8:55 AM EDT
Zoom practice session and conference orientation
Zoom practice session and conference orientation
Zoom practice session and conference orientation
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM EDT
10:05 AM - 11:05 AM EDT

11:10 AM - 12:10 PM EDT

12:15 PM - 12:55 PM EDT


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2:05 PM - 3:05 PM EDT

3:10 PM - 4:10 PM EDT

4:15 PM - 5:00 PM EDT


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