“On the Verge”
ALAN BASS, PhD
Murderous Racism, Normal Psychosis, and Suicide:
The Case of Dylann Roof
Discussant: Maurice Apprey, PhD
February 8th, 2020
9:00 am – 1:00 pm
IPTAR, 1651 Third Ave, suite 205
General: $125 includes 4 CE credits
Candidates: $25 includes 4 CE credits
9am – 9:30am — BREAKFAST
9:30am – 10:45 am: Dr. Alan Bass (followed by audience Q&A)
Abstract: In 2015 Dylann Roof killed nine people in the Emmanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, in Charleston, So. Carolina in order to incite a race war. There is an extraordinary amount of documentation about Roof, and especially his trials. Using this documentation, and concepts from Freud, Klein, Bion, and Keval, the paper attempts to build a psychoanalytic theory of the genocidal impulse. Two main issues are addressed: why does racist murder always occur, and how might understanding its dynamics help to think about possible prevention?
10:45- 11:00 — COFFEE BREAK
11:00am – 11: 30 am: Dr. Maurice Apprey, discussant
11:30 – 12: 15pm: Further remarks by Dr. Bass and Dr. Apprey .
12:15pm – 1:00pm – Q&A with Drs. Bass and Apprey
Alan Bass, PhD is an IPTAR Fellow and faculty, and director of its Respecialization Program. He also teaches psychoanalysis on the graduate philosophy faculty of the New School for Social Research. He is the author of three books (Difference and Disavowal: The Trauma of Eros; Interpretation and Difference: The Strangeness of Care, and Fetishism, Psychoanalysis, Philosophy: The Iridescent Thing), many articles, and is the translator of four books by Jacques Derrida.
Maurice Apprey, PhD is a tenured full Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Virginia School of Medicine,the Dean of African-American Affairs and an Associate Vice-President for Student Affairs at the University of Virginia. A graduate of the Anna Freud Centre, London, and the Contemporary Freudian Society (CFS), he is an IPA Training and Supervising Psychoanalyst for the CFS and PSIKE training Institutes in Washington and Istanbul, Turkey.
He is a member of the interdisciplinary team of psychoanalysts, historians and diplomats who facilitated the restoration of independence for post-Soviet Estonia. Among his books are a co-authored trilogy: Context and Dynamics in Clinical Knowledge; From Metaphor to Meaning: Papers in Psychoanalytic Anthropology; and Clinical Stories and Their Translations as well as Intersubjectivity, Projective Identification, and Otherness.
He is the English language translator, from French, of Georges Politzer’s Critique of the Foundations of Psychology, the first serious critique of Freud’s structural theory and at one time, a staple in the literature for French psychoanalytic candidates and practitioners
- To understand how the psychotic act of racist murder is perpetrated by non-psychotic people.
- To understand the relation between racist murder and suicide.
- To understand the contribution of psychoanalysis to thinking about appropriate legal response to racist murder.
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(4) CE credits will be granted to participants who have registered, have documented evidence of attendance of the entire program and have completed the on-line evaluation form. Upon completion of the evaluation form a Certificate of Completion will be emailed to all participants who comply with these requirements.
Many thanks from the IPTAR Program Committee: Jeanne Even (Chair), Susan Finkelstein, Anna Fishzon, Judy Ann Kaplan, Masha Mimran, Brian Kloppenberg, Leslie Wells, Lynne Herbst. Vivian Eskin, Jamie Stevens