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'Sigmund Freud, Introductory Lectures on Psychoanalysis'

International Psychoanalytical Association (IPA) Congress, 1911 Weimer

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Editor: Fulya Algın Tokmak

Bilgi University Publications

Psike Istanbul, Library of Psychoanalysis, Conferences 9

This book consists of a compilation of the articles presented in "Psychoanalytic Views, 9: The Violence Within, The Violence We Live in" symposium organized by Psike Istanbul. In this book, you will follow various discussions about the relationship between violence and psyche, departing from psychoanalytic theory and practices, in the accompaniment of historical and contemporary issues.

We know that recurrent traumas attack the psyche’s capacities of representation and building relationships. In order not to become isolated, not to lose our connections with ourselves, and with each other, we have to keep thinking, working, and producing. In the face of the violence, which we feel in our bodies, in our daily lives, and which attempts to hypothecate our lives, there is no other way to protect our souls. While our consulting rooms are surrounded by the violence of the external world in concrete reality, we, as psychoanalysts, are in the struggle of finding meaning both in the room and the outside.  Pınar Limnili

In the analytic, work we recognise that the analyst’s capacity to contain and explore the hatred is of great importance.  In considering the state of destructiveness in society and its enactment in acts of terrorism and political repression, we need to consider what the forces of containment might be. It is clear that a stable and mature form of democracy is an important containing factor, but this also may have to be backed by reasonable force when the normal structures of the society have broken down into primitive state.  Nicholas Temple

W. Benjamin makes a distinction between “historicist” narration and “actualized” remembering. “Historicist” narration establishes the standard version of past events, stripped of affect. By contrast, “actualized” remembering is what can happen when the past comes back in an emotional way, though it has been silenced and laundered by the victors. Whereas distant narrative recollection serves to reinforce existing ways of thinking, begging confirmation, new thought can only arise through “actualized remembering”, in which something from the past, previously silent but relevant, can finally be understood.  Irène Nigolian


Editors and Authors

Editor’s Preface Fulya Algın Tokmak

The Opening Speech of the Symposium Gülgün Alptekin

September 11th: Military Dictatorship and the Psychotic Episode – 1973 David Rosenfeld

From Familial Violence to Social Frenzy Yavuz Erten

“Running Away from Radiation”: War and Children Onur Saltuk Dönmez

The Other Violence Cüneyt Bilen

Epitaph: Tracing the Transmission of the Effects of Violence and Mandatory Migration through Generations, following their prints in Myths-Discourses, and in Written Literature Using Psychoanalytic Thought Gökhan Oral

Destructive Internal States : Depression, Suicide and Murder Nicholas Temple

Towards a Queer Perspective on the Problem of Violence against Women Alev Özkazanç

Women’s Empowerment in the Struggle against Male Violence-Mor Çatı Experience: Naming the Violence Selime Büyükgöze

Saturday Mothers: Twenty Years against the Denial of Violence Melis Tanık Sivri

Identity Violence of Denial or the Effort to Drive Everybody Crazy Irène Nigolian

Psychoanalytic Reflections on the “Refinement of Denial” in the Official History Writing Nilüfer Erdem

Statue of the denial in feet of clay and concrete base of the lie, An overview of the relationship between the denial and the lie. Berdj Papazian 

What is vital? What does the violence protect? The body? Or the desire? Derya Kulu

Transgenerational Transmission Gülgün Alptekin

From Social Conflict to Individual Annihiliation: Kurds in Turkey Ayla Yazıcı

A Quality of The Geography We Live In: Searching for the Subject In the Darkness of the Other Sezai Halifeoğlu

The Paradoxes of Violence Zehra Eryörük

What should be the Stance of Psychoanalysts against Policies Involving Violence? Aslı Day

What should be the Stance of Psychoanalysts against Government Policies Involving Violence? The Example of Hanna Segal Bella Habip

The Violence We Live in: Muteness Meltem Temiz

Violence and Creative Art: The Violence of Time that is flowing, against the Violence of Creating Leyla Tanoğlu

The Examination of Violence in Primal Phantasies in The Work of Louise Bourgeois Nayla de Coster

Closing Speech of the Symposium Pınar Limnili



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