NSSR Psych--Latin American Contributions to Psychoanalysis Conservation and Radical Transformations Conference

9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Can psychoanalysis be dissociated from ideology and, if so, should it be? Does the psychologist with political commitments work on two levels: on the level of ideological and political commitments, which are separate from the level of scientific practice? These and other themes that emerged from the Latin American experience will be explored in what promises to be a stimulating event.

A distinguished panel will discuss how psychoanalysis was inextricably linked to the political arena in Argentina, and examine the parallels to, and implications for, psychoanalysis in the U.S.

  • A presentation by Albert Brok, “Southern Stars: The Known and Unknown About Psychoanalysis in Latin America” will include videotaped interviews conducted with prominent analysts from Buenos Aires.
  • Patricia Gherovici will explore the amazing popularity of Lacan in Argentina in her presentation: “From Freud’s Waltz to Lacan’s Tango: Was Psychoanalysis A Transformation of Politics Into Culture.”
  • Issac Tylim will examine whether importing psychoanalysis generated a crusade against pervading morality in his talk: “Psychoanalysis in Argentina: Ideological Crusade or Revolutionary Transformation?”

Discussants include:

Chris Christian
- assistant professor of Clinical Psychology at the New School for Social Research; Member of IPTAR; and editor with Michael J. Diamond of The Second Century of Psychoanalysis: Evolving Perspectives on Therapeutic Action (Karnac, 2011).

Carlos Padrón
- advanced psychoanalytic candidate at IPTAR, he holds an MA in Philosophy with a concentration in psychoanalysis from the New School for Social Research and is currently writing his doctoral dissertation at New York University on the continuities and discontinuities between literature and philosophy in Latin America. He is one of the editors of criticalatinoamericana.com.

Albert J Brok, president of Section I, Division 39 (Psychoanalysis) of the American Psychological Association, travels regularly to Buenos Aires as a guest presenter at the Argentine Psychoanalytic Association, as well as member of the CineAnalysis Study Group. Dr. Brok’s other positions include, Director of the Group & Couples Therapy at the Training Institute for Mental Health; Faculty and Supervisor at the Institute for Advanced Psychological Studies of Adelphi University, (Derner Institute), and presenting member of the International Association of Psychoanalytic Family Therapy, Paris. He is co-author of Una travesia por la fábrica de sueños: interseccion entre cine y psicoanalisis (Letra Viva, Buenos Aires, Argentina, 2012).

Patricia Gherovici is a licensed psychoanalyst and analytic supervisor practicing in Philadelphia and New York. She is the author of The Puerto Rican Syndrome (Other Press: 2003) recipient of the Gradiva Award and the Boyer Prize of the American Anthropological Association. In her book, Please Select Your Gender: From the Invention of Hysteria to the Democratizing of Transgenderism (Routledge: 2010), she uses case studies, surveys of transsexual memoirs, discussions of Freud, Lacan, feminist and queer studies authors, and the origins of sexology, to offer an original way to think about sexual identity and sexual difference while showing how transgenderism is reorienting clinical practice.

Isaac Tylim is a faculty, supervisor, and training analyst at IPTAR; faculty and supervisor at NYU Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis; and served as President of APA, Division 39, section 1. He is a member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association; secretary, International Psychoanalytic Association Committee on the UN; and a member of the Cultural Committee of the IPA. His most recent publication is Technology and the Future of Psychoanalysis.


Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Auditorium, Sheila C. Johnson Design Center, 66 Fifth Avenue

Suggested Fee: $10 Students/Candidates - $25 General Admission

Breakfast will be served.

Contact Information:

RSVP to Richard Reichbart at reichbart@earthlink.net 

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