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series: connections and conversation

Connections and Conversation is a free monthly Zoom meeting, cultivating creativity and freedom of thought and feeling. We invite you to engage with our presenters and community as they share their interests and passions in conversation on current topics in psychoanalysis.

This free event alternates between Thursdays at 7pm, Saturdays at 9am, and Sundays at 2pm Pacific Time. The meeting begins with a 45 minute presentation followed by 45 minutes of conversation.

This series is open to all.

The Radical Otherness of Masud Khan

Sunday, October 15th from 2:00 – 3:30 PM PST

Masud Khan was a brilliant psychoanalyst, Winnicott’s “principal disciple,” collaborator, editor, and analysand. He was chief editor of the International Psychoanalytical Library for 20 years, wrote four books, and served as training analyst for Christopher Bollas and Adam Phillips. Simultaneously, Masud Khan was an antisemitic alcoholic who repeatedly engaged in sexual relationships with patients and continuously violated the analytic frame.

It is widely recognized that Winnicott failed Khan in his analysis, allowing him to fall into madness. This talk will argue that Khan’s radical otherness served as a significant reason for this failure. While deeply embedded in elite, Western culture and preferences, he simultaneously maintained a feudal, that is pre-capitalist identity that stood outside of Judeo-Christian norms. An examination of his life will cast light on current debates about otherness in psychoanalysis.

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Ilene Philipson, PhD, PhD

Ilene Philipson holds doctorates in sociology, clinical psychology, and psychoanalysis.  She is a training and supervising analyst at the Institute of Contemporary Psychoanalysis in Los Angeles, a faculty member at the San Francisco Center for Psychoanalysis, and is in the private practice of psychotherapy and psychoanalysis in Oakland, California. In addition to On The Shoulders of Women:  The Feminization of Psychotherapy (Guilford), her books include Married to The Job (Simon & Schuster); Ethel Rosenberg: Beyond the Myths (Rutgers University Press); and Women, Class, and the Feminist Imagination (ed) (Temple University Press).

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CE Credit

Connections and Conversation is not eligible for any CE Credits
No one in the planning or presentation of this activity has any relevant financial relationships with a commercial interest to disclose.

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