New Directions: Writing with a Psychoanalytic Edge brings together clinicians, academicians, and writers in an environment designed to foster intellectual growth and enhance participants’ ability to write about personal and professional topics.
Feeling different, marginalized, or excluded is common and painful. Confronted with the discordance between one’s sense of oneself and one’s perception of the way the world sees us — not white, not heterosexual, not young, not “normal” — we may feel doubly damaged — socially alien and alien to ourselves.
A sense of “outsiderness” can overwhelm and define our experience and become an identity. But “outsiderness” need not be a fixed or static position paralyzing the self. It can be a shifting position in which one may be an insider one moment and an outsider the next. This shifting point of view, enabling one to see the world from more than one perspective, is, of course, the stance of some of the most thoughtful individuals — artists, intellectuals, and, often, at our best, psychotherapists.
Thus, as thinking and feeling individuals, we may fiercely embrace the outsider position, taking pride in the status of “other” that allows us witness and speak of things others may not see.
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Kerry Malawista, Ph.D.
Keynote speakers include:
Ethelbert Miller, poet, memoirist, and founder and director of the Ascension Poetry Reading Series, and director of Howard University’s African- American Resource Center. He is co-editor of Poet Lore magazine, former chair of the Humanities Council of Washington, D.C., and has served on the boards of the AWP, PEN American Center, PEN/Faulkner Foundation, and the Washington Area Lawyer for the Arts (WALA).
Gurmeet S. Kanwal, M.D. is clinical associate professor of psychiatry at Weill Medical College of Cornell University, supervising psychoanalyst and teaching faculty at the William Alanson White Institute, and formerly president of the William Alanson White Psychoanalytic Society. He is a member of the Editorial Board of the International Journal of Psychoanalysis and Journal of Psychoanalytic Discourse.
Aria Beth Sloss is the recipient of fellowships from the Iowa Arts Foundation, the Yaddo Corporation, and the Vermont Studio Center, and her writing has appeared in Glimmer Train, the Harvard Review, and online at the Paris Review and Five Chapters. She is the author of Autobiography of Us.
Boris Thomas, J.D., Ph.D., whose clinical and scholarly interests focus on race, culture, intersectionality, and the individual’s unconscious integration and reenactment of legal and political systems, was a fellow in the International Psychoanalytical Association Research Training Program at University College London. A former litigation attorney, Thomas specialized in labor and employment law.
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