In this fascinating and timely presentation, renowned psychoanalyst Jonathan Sklar will discuss the origins of sado-masochism and its relationship to racism in later life. Following Freud’s paper “A Child is Being Beaten” (1919), as well as views from Winnicott, Dr. Sklar will then review Kafka’s letter to his father as an example of early states of humiliation. Racism, ghettoization, and black and white worlds are then examined in the U.S and South Africa. The various meanings of racism on the surface, as well as in the undergrowth of monuments, together with the significance of authentic mourning, are then discussed.
Jonathan Sklar Ph.D., is an Independent training analyst and fellow in the British Psychoanalytical Society (BPAS), and has worked in private practice for over thirty years. He began his career as a psychiatrist, later training in psychotherapy at the Tavistock Clinic and in psychoanalysis at the Institute of Psychoanalysis (IoPA). He carried out his psychiatric training at the Royal Free and Friern Barnet hospitals, and later spent a dozen years as a consultant psychotherapist and Head of Department at Addenbrooke’s hospital in Cambridge. He has been on the board of the International Psychoanalytic Association (IPA) since 2015. Sklar has lectured, supervised and taught in the Serbian, Moscow, Polish, Czech, Romanian and Croatian Analytic Societies as well as the Psychoanalytic Institute of Eastern Europe (PIEE). Since 2008, he has also taught psychoanalysts and psychotherapists termly in Chicago. For several years, he taught a course on the work of Sándor Ferenczi on the Psychoanalytic MSc at University College London. Other subjects of his writing and teaching include trauma, regression, psychosomatics, psychosis, and psychoanalytic assessment.
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