How might we come to terms with the legacy of racism in psychology?
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In this seminar, we will unpack the approach that I call decolonial psychoanalysis by applying it to the “war on terror” discourse & the Islamophobia/Islamophilia fantasy. This will necessitate both archeology of (counter)terrorism and genealogy of the conceptual Muslim as well as an investigation of the psychologization of Islamophobia.
In this provocative and necessary book, Robert K. Beshara uses psychoanalytic discursive analysis to explore the possibility of a genuinely anti-colonial critical psychology. Drawing on postcolonial and decolonial approaches to Islamophobia, this book enhances understandings of Critical Border Thinking and Lacanian Discourse Analysis, alongside other theoretical-methodological approaches.
Using a critical decolonial psychology approach to conceptualize everyday Islamophobia, the author examines theoretical resources situated within the discursive turn, such as decoloniality/transmodernity, and carries out archeology of (counter)terrorism, a genealogy of the conceptual Muslim, and a Žižekian ideology critique. Conceiving Decolonial Psychoanalysis as one theoretical resource for Critical Islamophobia Studies (CIS), the author also applies Lacanian Discourse Analysis to extracts from interviews conducted with US Muslims to theorize their ethical-political subjectivity and considers a politics of resistance, adversarial aesthetics, and ethics of liberation.
Essential to any attempt to come to terms with the legacy of racism in psychology, and the only critical psychological study on Islamophobia in the United States, this is a fascinating read for anyone interested in a critical approach to Islamophobia.
Facilitator: Robert K. Beshara is the author of Decolonial Psychoanalysis: Towards Critical Islamophobia Studies (Routledge, 2019) as well as Freud and Said: Contrapuntal Psychoanalysis as Liberation Praxis (Palgrave, 2021). He is also the editor of A Critical Introduction to Psychology (Nova, 2019) as well as Critical Psychology Praxis: Psychosocial Non-Alignment to Modernity/Coloniality (Routledge, 2021). Further, he is the translator of Mourad Wahba’s (1995) Fundamentalism and Secularization (Bloomsbury, forthcoming). He is the founder of the Critical Psychology website: www.criticalpsychology.org, and the director of the Critical Psychology certificate program at the Center for Global Advanced Studies. Finally, he works as an Assistant Professor of Psychology and Humanities at Northern New Mexico College. For more information, please visit www.robertbeshara.com.