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Fridays @CCP: The Desire for the in-Between: Humans, Animals and our natural environment in an anti-black world (Chanda Griffin, LCSW)

  • 17 May 2024
  • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM (CDT)
  • Zoom
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Fridays @CCP

Chanda Griffin, LCSW

(New York, NY)

Friday, May 17, 2024

The Desire for the in-Between: Humans, Animals and our natural environment in an anti-black world

7-9pm: (CST): ZOOM Presentation & Discussion


About the presentation: In Who’s on My Couch? Considering BIPOC Subjectivity and the Climate Crisis, Psychoanalytic Dialogues I ask two questions: “Are psychoanalytic theories expansive enough to apply to the BIPOC psyche with respect to the climate crisis when both the BIPOC body and the earth serve as HOSTs for a parasitic white supremacist culture and capitalism? I also ask, “In [the] dialectical opposition of protecting the environment or the immediacy of protecting the body and mind, who or what is given primacy?

Using both myth and art as well as black feminists and other discussions of the human-animal binary, this presentation explores the impact of the western philosophical notion of “the human” as it pertains to our relationship to animals and the environment within anti-black socio-political world.

Chanda D. Griffin, LCSW, is a teaching, training, and supervising analyst at the Manhattan Institute for Psychoanalysis (MIP) and co-chair of the Committee on Race and Ethnicity at MIP. Additionally, she is a faculty member of the National Institute For the Psychotherapies. (NIP),The Institute for Contemporary Psychoanalysis (ICP)and an Adjunct Professor at the Silberman Graduate School of Social Work at Hunter College.  Chanda is the co-author of The Secret Society: Perspectives from a Multiratial Cohort (with Rossanna Eceygoyén and Julie Hyman) and author of Who’s on my couch: BIPOC subjectivity and the climate crisis, the MIP blog essay: Red Pill Psychoanalysis and the Matrix of Racial Roles, and the  Psychoanalytic Activist,: Centered. Chanda is a member of Black Psychoanalysts Speak and is in private practice in New York City.

Learning Objectives

1. Participants will develop an understanding of the human animal binary inherent in foundational philosophies of the “humanities.” 

2. Participants will identify anti-blackness in within the human-animal binary

3. Participants will learn a more nuanced way of listening to BIPOC relationships to the animal and natural environment.


Fees

CCP members: free with annual $195 membership, payable at registration.

Students:free with annual $175 membership, payable at registration.

Fellows: free with annual $175 membership, payable at registration.

Non-CCP members, single admission: $50

Continuing Education

This program is sponsored for Continuing Education Credits by the Chicago Center for Psychoanalysis. There is no commercial support for this program, nor are there any relationships between the continuing education sponsor, presenting organization, presenter, program content, research, grants or other funding that could be construed as conflicts of interest. Participants are asked to be aware of the need for privacy and confidentiality throughout the program. If the program content becomes stressful, participants are encouraged to process these feelings during discussion periods. The Chicago Center for Psychoanalysis maintains responsibility for this program and its content. CCP is licensed by the state of Illinois to sponsor continuing education credits for Licensed Clinical Social Workers, Licensed Social Workers, Licensed Clinical Professional Counselors, Licensed Professional Counselors, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapy Counselors and Licensed Clinical Psychologists (license no. 159.000941 and 268.000020 and 168.000238 Illinois Dept. of Financial and Professional Regulation).

Professionals holding the aforementioned credentials will receive 2.0 continuing education credits for attending the entire program. To receive these credits a completed evaluation form must be turned in at the end of the presentation and licensed psychologists must first complete a brief exam on the subject matter. No continuing education credit will be given for attending part of the presentation. Refunds for CE credit after the program begins will not be honored. If a participant has special needs or concerns about the program, s/he/they should contact Toula Kourliouros Kalven by April 4, 2024 at: tkalven@ccpsa.org

References/Suggested Readings

Griffin, C.D., (2022) Who’s on My Couch? Considering BIPOC Subjectivity and the Climate Crisis, Psychoanalytic Dialogues, 32:4, 340-341, DOI: 10.1080/10481885.2022.2090807


Jackson, Z.I. (2020). Becoming Human: Matter and Meaning in a An Antiblack World. New York University Press.


Karkulehto,S. Kristine, A., Varis, E. (2019) Reconfiguring Human, Nonhuman and Posthuman in Literature and Culture.


Moss, /d. (2021). On having whiteness. Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association, (69(2), 355-371. PMID: 34039063 https://doi.org/10.1177/00030651211008507


Sheets-Johnston, M. (1996). Human Versus Nonhuman: Binary Opposition as An Ordering Principle of Western Human Thought.


Wilderson, F. B. (2020). Afropessimism. Liveright Publishing Corporation.


Karkulehto,S. Kristine, A., Varis, E. (2019) Reconfiguring Human, Nonhuman and Posthuman in Literature and Culture.


Presented by

The Chicago Center for Psychoanalysis/CCP Program Committee: Toula Kourliouros Kalven, Alan Levy, PhD, Zak Mucha, LCSW

The Chicago Center for Psychoanalysis is an IRS 501(C)(3) charitable organization, and expenses may be tax deductible to the extent allowed by law and your personal tax situation.



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