Power dynamics are embodied in daily life. For those of us who wish to expose and resist these dynamics, what models do we have for alternative engagement? Critical psychology shifts its focus from the “clinical gaze” toward a critique of power and power-abuse. We will consider the philosophy and practice of accompaniment and its implication for working with those who have experienced multiple oppressions.
Women’s and LGBTQ+ movements are increasingly intervening in the Polish political field, rising in defence of the individual freedom of choice in the face of the traditional power of the Church, and the State, over our bodies.
Analysing the early-20th century emergence of life-writing, the lecturer Mateusz Chmurrski, author of Diary, Fiction, Identity/ies, will sketche the history of non-normative self-expression in the region’s literature in order to observe both its contemporary, if voyeuristic, over-exposure, and its political instrumentalisation in different cultural wars.
Is the psyche inside of us, or are we inside of the psyche? Photography can help us answer this question, making us move along into the urban space with a chain of signifiers, just like we move along through this chain during a psychoanalysis. Is it a coincidence that these two inventions, photography and psychoanalysis, date back to the same period? Perhaps they have more in common than we think!
Restating another’s experience in one’s own words is common practice. Naming symptoms or even interpreting the unspoken are crucial tools not just for clinicians, but for most of us in our daily lives. But how does this naming serve the healing process when speaking on behalf of the other?