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Since the 1980s, there has been a notable shift of focus in psychiatry toward neuroscience and biology. The result has been an upsurge in psychiatric conceptualizations of psychopathology based solely on material transformation, be it chemical, genetic, or neurological. By taking this approach, “biological” psychiatry has become increasingly estranged from the social sciences. From a psychoanalytic or humanistic perspective, this means that psychiatry has turned away from precisely what gives specificity to the human being as the subject of language. Scarcely, if at all, does it consider how suffering and symptoms are also effects of the ways in which language impacts the body; rarely does it acknowledge how the social environment affects subjectivity. These omissions parallel the steady revision of psychiatric diagnostic protocols, which, by expanding pathologies, medically standardize predictable yet invariably singular events and difficulties.
Our colloquium seeks to raise questions related to this shift in psychiatry, which is not embraced by the entire psychiatric profession. We welcome psychiatrists, psychoanalysts, scholars, clinicians from all disciplines, and other interested participants, to discuss such pertinent questions as: How can psychiatry establish an alternative to the neoliberal logic that ignores the social and ethical questions underlying psychic pathologies, and turns them into an illness like any other? Is the dominance of neurobiology a return to, or an extension of, nineteenth-century mechanistic ideology? How crucial to this return is “Big Pharma,” which profits by promising a “quick fix”? How does an idealistic faith in quantification and measurements belie the particularity of mental illness?
We look forward to hearing opinions on these controversial issues from within contemporary psychiatry, as well as from others, and will pay close attention to the differing approaches that Continental and American psychiatry bring to bear upon the notion of the subject.
SCHEDULE FOR THE COLLOQUIUM
Jalil Bennani: Psychiatrist and psychoanalyst; member of the Psychoanalytic Division of the World Psychiatric Association (WPA); Honorary President of ALFAPSY, Rabat.
Michel Botbol: Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, University of Western Brittany, Brest; Co-president of the psychoanalytic division of the WPA; board member of the International College of Person-Centered Medicine (ICPCM).
Lisa Cosgrove: Professor of psychology, University of Massachusetts, Boston, co-editor of Bias in Psychiatric Diagnosis.
Mario Eduardo Costa Pereira: Psychoanalyst, psychiatrist; Director of the Laboratory of Psychopathology: Subject and Singularity (LaPSuS), Department of Medical Psychology and Psychiatry, State University at Campinas (Brazil); Director of Corpo Freudiano, São Paulo.
Marco Antonio Coutinho Jorge: Psychiatrist and psychoanalyst; Director of Corpo Freudiano Section Rio de Janeiro; member of the Société Internationale d’Histoire de la Psychiatrie et de la Psychanalyse (Paris).
Hervé Granier: Psychiatrist and psychoanalyst; member of the association Le Coût Freudien; President of the psychoanalytic group of the clinic Stella, Vérargues, France; Adjunct Secretary General of ALFAPSY, Montpellier.
David Healy: Psychiatrist and psychopharmacologist; Professor of Psychiatry, Bangor University (UK); founder of Data Based Medicine Limited; author of The Antidepressant Era, Let Them Eat Prozac, and Pharmageddon.
Paul Lacaze: Neuropsychiatrist and psychoanalyst in private practice, Montpellier; founder and President of ALFAPSY and Rencontres Francopsies.
Patrick Landman: Psychiatrist, child psychiatrist, and psychoanalyst; supervisor of psycho-oncology team at the Institut Curie, Paris; ex-president of Espace Analytique; professor at Université de Paris VII.
Christopher Lane: Professor of literature and intellectual history, Northwestern University; author of Shyness: How Normal Behavior Became a Sickness (winner of the Prescrire Prize for Medical Writing, France).
Jean-Pierre Lebrun: Psychiatrist and psychoanalyst; ex-president of the International Freudian Association, Brussels.
Kareen Malone: Analysand in formation, Après-Coup Psychoanalytic Association; Professor of Psychology, University of West Georgia; fellow of the American Psychological Association.
Juan Mezzich: Ex-president (2005-2008) and board member of the WPA; Secretary General of the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai Medical Center, New York City.
Paola Mieli: Psychoanalyst; President of Après-Coup Psychoanalytic Association, New York.
Annie Muir: Linguist, translator, psychotherapist; Analysand in Formation at Après-Coup Psychoanalytic Association.
Ona Nierenberg: Psychoanalyst; Senior Psychologist, Bellevue Hospital and Clinical Instructor in the Department of Psychiatry, NYU Langone Medical Center; member of Après-Coup Psychoanalytic Association.
Michel Peterson: Psychoanalyst; Professor of Literature and Psychology (University of Montréal); essayist and translator.
Andrew Stein: Analysand in formation, Après-Coup Psychoanalytic Association; faculty, Westchester Institute; Ph.Ds in Intellectual History and Clinical Psychology.
Frank Summers: Ex-president of the Division of Psychoanalysis of the American Psychological Association; Professor of Clinical Psychiatry and the Behavioral Sciences, Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University; author, most recently, of The Psychoanalytic Vision: The Experiencing Subject, Transcendence, and the Therapeutic Process.
Hachem Tyal: Psychiatrist and psychoanalyst; member of the psychoanalytic division of the WPA; Secretary General of ALFAPSY, Casablanca.
Robert Whitaker: Journalist, author of Mad in America: Bad Science, Bad Medicine and the Enduring Mistreatment of the Mentally Ill and Anatomy of an Epidemic: Magic Bullets, Psychiatric Drugs, and the Astonishing Rise of Mental Illness in America.
Martin Winn: Psychoanalyst practicing in New York; member and Supervisor, Après-Coup Psychoanalytic Association.
Hervé Granier, Paul Lacaze, Christopher Lane, Kareen Malone, Paola Mieli, Annie Muir, Ona Nierenberg, Andrew Stein, Martin Winn
ALFAPSY (Alternative Fédérative des Associations de Psychiatrie) is a not-for-profit international organization of Francophone psychiatrists that provides opportunities for alternative concepts, theories, and practices in psychiatry to have a voice and an impact within the contemporary psychiatric community. ALFAPSY was established in 2003 in order to bring together the National Private Practice Associations of Algeria, Belgium, France, Morocco, Senegal, Switzerland and Tunisia. Since its inception, it has established itself as distinctive in aim and interests from other official federations, associations, and organizations within the profession world-wide. It was founded by the Association of French Psychiatrists in Private Practice (AFPEP) and brings together practitioners who do not confine their work to the medical model as the sole means of conducting psychiatry. ALFAPSY is committed to a global scope in its work and development of alternative paradigms within psychiatry.
Après-Coup Psychoanalytic Association established in New York in 1987, is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to analytical formation and the discussion of contemporary issues in psychoanalysis and culture. An independent organization, Après-Coup has brought together researchers, scholars, and psychoanalysts from Europe, South America, Canada, Australia, and the United States, along with specialists from other fields, in a variety of colloquia and seminars. Après-Coup Psychoanalytic Association is provisionally chartered by the Board of Regents of the State of New York.