Psychoanalytic literature on migration often focuses on individual case studies of migrants, describing the psychic mechanisms that make up the subject’s experience (splitting, dissociation, mourning…).
This literature offers little critical analysis of the social and cultural context of migration, and does little to help us address the pressing question of our time, which is how people live together in a world where migration and diversity are the new normal.
Using ethnographic case studies from different parts of the world, this talk argues that a socially relevant psychoanalytic approach must link processes of subject-formation to the circulations of fantasies about self, others, and community within specific national and local contexts.
Nikolay Mintchev is a Research Associate at the Institute for Global Prosperity at University College London and a Visiting Fellow at the Department of Psychosocial and Psychoanalytic Studies at the University of Essex.
He specializes on the themes of prosperity, social change, migration and diversity, bringing together theoretical perspectives from the social sciences and psychosocial studies. He is co-editor (with R. D. Hinshelwood) of The Feeling of Certainty: Psychosocial Perspectives (Palgrave McMillan, 2017).
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