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The Settler's Town is a Strongly Built Town: Fanon in Palestine

Venue: Birkbeck Main Building, Malet Street

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Lara and Stephen Sheehi, Palestinian-American psychoanalytically-informed clinician and academics, will present papers at a special meeting organised with Political Minds and the Centre for Researching and Embedding Human Rights at Birkbeck University.

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December 8th 10.00am – 12.30pm

Stephen Sheehi: The Settlers Town is a Strongly Built Town: Fanon in Palestine

Lara Sheehi: Toward a Decolonial Clinical Praxis: A Case Example from Palestine

Discussant: Prof Samir Gandesha


Lara Sheehi is a faculty member at the GWU Professional Psychology Program. Her work is on decolonial struggles as well as power, race, class and gender constructs and dynamics within Psychoanalysis. She has an upcoming co-authored book with Stephen Sheehi, Psychoanalysis Under Occupation: Theory and Practice in Palestine (Routledge), and her most recent chapter, “The Islamophobic Normative Unconscious: Psychoanalytic Considerations” can be found in Islamophobia and Psychiatry: Recognition, Prevention, and Treatment. Lara is the Secretary of the Society for Psychoanalysis and Psychoanalytic Psychology (Div. 39 of the APA) and the Chair of the American Psychoanalytic Association’s Teachers’ Academy. She is on the editorial board for the Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association (JAPA), Psychoanalysis, Culture and Society (PCS), and Institutionalized Children Explorations and Beyond, and is on the advisory board to the USA-Palestine Mental Health Network and Psychoanalysis for Pride.

Stephen Sheehi is the Sultan Qaboos Eminent Professor of Middle East Studies and Founding Director of the Decolonizing Humanities Project at the College of William and Mary. He is the co-author with Lara Sheehi of Psychoanalysis Under Occupation: Theory and Practice in Palestine (forthcoming, Routledge). He is also the author of Arab Imago: A Social History of Photographic Portrait 1860-1910 (Princeton, 2016), Islamophobia: The Ideological Campaign against Islam (Clarity, 2011), and Foundations of Modern Arab Identity (Florida, 2006) as well as co-author with Salim Tamari and Issam Nassar of Camera Palaestina: Photography and Displaced Histories of Palestine (forthcoming, University of California Press).

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