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Seminar: Perpetrator Ghosts, Persecutory Objects: the inheritance of history (Sue Grand, PhD)

  • 24 Sep 2022
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  • 25 Sep 2022
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  • 2 sessions
  • 24 Sep 2022, 9:00 AM 4:30 PM (CDT)
  • 25 Sep 2022, 9:00 AM 1:00 PM (CDT)
  • via Zoom


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Sue Grand, PhD
September 24-25, 2022

Dr Grand is faculty and supervisor at the NYU Postdoctoral Program in Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy; faculty, The Mitchell Center for Relational Psychoanalysis; faculty, The National Institute for the Psychotherapies; Visiting Scholar, The Psychoanalytic Institute of Northern California; Fellow, The Institute of Psychology and the Other. She is an associate editor of Psychoanalytic Dialogues and a board member of Psychoanalysis, Culture and Society. She is the author of The Reproduction of Evil: A Clinical and Cultural Perspective and The Hero in the Mirror: From Fear to Fortitude. She has written extensively on the intersection of trauma, history, culture and politics. She has co-edited 2 books on the trans-generational transmission of trauma, as well as co-editing 2 volumes on relational theory. She is in private practice in Teaneck N.J. 

Seminar title : Perpetrator Ghosts, Persecutory Objects: the inheritance of history

Seminar description In the trans-generational transmission of trauma, we have focused on the historic wounds we receive from our forebears. In this seminar, we consider the internalized persecutor ghost that can be transmitted by a victim and/or perpetrator heritage. This seminar explores the splitting, othering, and unconscious mandates for restitution and revenge that we can receive from this figure.  We will consider how this ghost manifests in the internal world,  in the therapeutic dyad and in politics and culture.

Selected Readings:

Grand, S 2018. The Other within:  White shame, Native American Genocide. Contemporary Psychoanalysis, 54:1, p 84-102

Guralnik, O. (2014). The Dead Baby. Psychoanalytic Dialogues, 24:2, p 129-145

Moss, D. (2010). War Stories. In: First Do No Harm: paradoxical encounters of Psychoanalysis, warmaking, and resistance. 2010. Eds: Harris, A. and Botticelli, S.. Routledge, New York pp 243-251.

Grand, S. (2010). Combat speaks II: Grief and Tragic Memory. Chapter 2 in The Hero in the Mirror: From Fear to Fortitude. Routledge, New York.

Vaughans, K (2017). To Unchain Blood Memories: intergenerational trauma among African Americans. In: Wounds of History: repair and resilience in the trans-generational transmission of trauma. Eds: Salberg, J. and Grand, S. 2017. Routledge, New York, pp 226-243.

Symposium conversation between Roger Frie and Sue Grand:

Frie, R. (2019). History’s ethical demand: memor, denial and responsibility in the wake of the Holocaust. Psychoanalytic Dialogues, 29:2, p 122-142.

Grand, S. (2019). Excitations of Vengeance: the we-ness of history. Psychoanalytic Dialogues, 29:2, p 143-150.

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