Visiting Scholar Sue Grand – Perpetrator memories and mythologies

Perpetrator memories and mythologies: on colonial ghosts and white grievance

Sue Grand, PhD

Saturday May 15, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

flyerIn the U.S. there is an efflorescence of violent white grievance. From the perspective of history and psychoanalysis, we will excavate the trans-generational ghosts that may be speaking through this phenomena. In particular, we will open up the paradoxical presentation of white grievance: supremacist dominance and entitlement entwined with howling injustice and victimization. Our colonial origins as a brutal penal colony; the racing of labor; American mythology and forgotten history: these threads seem to yield dizzying White switchbacks in perpetrator/victim states and memories. Within these switchbacks we find ancient agonies, never mentalized or contained, always in contest, never sated by White dominance. Any linkage to either perpetrator or victim states threatens this Whiteness with psychic extinction. This extinction is extruded through manic violence. This extrusion of memory, this representation of history, is also manifest within our system of incarceration.

May 15th, 2021 10:00 AM
Online via Zoom (Pacific Time Zone)
United States
Event Fee(s)
General Admission $ 20.00
Members (free) $ 0.00
CE Credits (2) $ 20.00