Only What is Human Can Truly be Foreign: The Trope of Immigration as a Creative Force in Psychoanalysis - Diversity Conference with Francisco Gonzalez, MD

  • 03 Feb 2018
  • 9:00 AM - 12:30 PM
  • The Doubletree Hotel, 1617 North IH 35, Austin, 78702


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2018 Diversity Conference

Only What is Human Can Truly be Foreign:

The Trope of Immigration as a

Creative Force in Psychoanalysis

with Francisco González, M.D.

Saturday, February 3, 2018

9 am - 12:30 pm

3 CE/CME available

Until recently there has been very little written about immigration in the psychoanalytic literature. And the predominant tendency in the writing that has begun to develop, is to view immigration as a psychologically damaging process—a traumatic event that poses unprecedented difficulties and often leaves irremediable scars in its subjects. Very little has been written about what immigration produces, how it generates and creates. 

Join us for a stimulating presentation about immigration and its generative and creative aspects. 

Francisco J González, MD, is a Personal and Supervising Analyst and Faculty at the Psychoanalytic Institute of Northern California and a founding member of Reflective Spaces Material Places, a group of clinicians working at the intersection of community mental health, social justice, and psychoanalytic thinking. His writing often takes up the question of the social link in psychoanalysis, and covers a range of topics, including formations of sexuality and gender, primitive mental states, film, perversion, and immigration. His most recent work includes the chapter, “All Origins are Suspect,” in the forthcoming edited volume from Routledge entitled Becoming a Psychoanalyst: Fifteen Stories on Finding One’s Analytic Voice and his paper “Writing Gender with Sexuality: Reflections on the Diaries of Lou Sullivan” which won the 2017 Ralph Roughton Award from the American Psychoanalytic Association. He serves on the editorial boards of Psychoanalytic Dialogues and Gender and Sexuality and practices in San Francisco and Oakland.

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Csillag, V. (in press). “Emmy Grant: Immigration as repetition of trauma and as potential space”. Psychoanalytic Dialogues.

González, FJ. (2015). “Only What is Human Can Truly Be Foreign: The Topos of Immigration as a Creative Force in Psychoanalysis.” In Immigration in Psychoanalysis: Locating Ourselves. Ed. J. Beltsiou. New York: Routledge.


González, FJ. (in press). Iteration and Homologies of Difference: A Discussion of Veronica Csillag’s “Emmy Grant: Immigration as repetition of trauma and as potential space”. Psychoanalytic Dialogues.


Additional Reading:

Ainslie, R., Harlem, A., Pratyusha, T-N., Barbanel, B., Ruth, R. (2013). Contemporary Psychoanalytic Views on the Experience of Immigration. Psychoanalytic Psychology, 30:663-679.


Grinberg, L. & Grinberg, R. (1989) Psychoanalytic Perspectives on Migration and Exile. New Haven: Yale Univ Press.


Winnicott, DW. (1967). The Location of Cultural Experience. International Journal of Psycho-Analysis, 48:368-372.


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