Internal Racism: Further Explorations

An open seminar from the Department of Psychosocial and Psychoanalytic Studies

  • Wed 1 May 19

    17:00 - 18:30

  • Colchester Campus


  • Event speaker

    M Fakhry Davids

  • Event type

    Lectures, talks and seminars

  • Event organiser

    Psychosocial and Psychoanalytic Studies, Department of

  • Contact details

    Debbie Stewart

In this seminar I will give an account of work in progress that follows on from the publication of my ideas on internal racism. I will begin with a succinct account of the model of internal racism – covering its essential developmental and dynamic aspects.

Internal racism is a concept that bridges the psychological and the social and in this presentation I will consider how the model attempts to do so. Racist acts are usually played out in the public sphere, and my inquiry began with the assumption that it falls to psychoanalysis to explain the basis for this in the mind. But can one give due weight to psychic forces without resorting to reductionism to a psychological essence? How do psychic processes link with societal ones?

I will suggest that it is the construct validity of the concepts we use that enables us to make a unique contribution to this question.  For instance, the model of internal racism specifies precise ways in which social stereotypes are used for the purpose of projective identification, which can then be studied. 

The Speaker 

Fakhry Davids is a Training Analyst of the British Psychoanalytic Society, in full-time private practice, Honorary Senior Lecturer in the Psychoanalysis Unit, University College London, and Fellow of the Centre for Trauma and Refugees in the Department of Psychosocial and Psychoanalytic Studies, University of Essex, and Visiting Lecturer at the Tavistock Clinic. 

He is a founding Board Member of Partners in Confronting Collective Atrocities (PCCA), which organises the Nazareth conferences, where the Group Relations method is used to work with the psychic impact of atrocities such as the Holocaust and the Palestinian Nakba. He has published papers on different topics, and a book Internal Racism: A Psychoanalytic Approach to Race and Difference.  

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