Humanity under siege

Humanity under siege: Psychoanalysis in The Meantime

Lisa Beritzhoff, discussants Wendy Brown and Zahra Vieneuve, with Moderator Julie Leavitt

Saturday Oct 9, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

A discussion on the global crisis of displaced people


flyerLisa Beritzhoff’s recently published paper “Psychoanalysis In The Meantime” (Psychoanalytic Dialogues, Vol 1, 2021), describes the psychic toll the migratory, humanitarian crisis is exacting on the self and the self’s sacred core (Winnicott, 1971) of displaced adults and children worldwide who are currently being held in refugee transit camps. Exiles held in detention are denied basic human rights and the ability to live, work, and move within civil society. Instead, they are physically and psychically trapped in a deadened and cruel liminality, what Beritzhoff refers to as The Meantime. Psychically, The Meantime is when migratory trauma and mourning stretches to infinity, resulting in extreme dissociation and depersonalization with no or limited opportunity for working through. Without the self’s freedom to move, or the exile’s humanity and human rights recognized by society, the self’s sacred core and “dynamic forms of vitality” (Stern, 2010)—the well spring of all growth and transformational experience— are under threat of destruction, along with the mind’s capacity to create meaning. In order for the Self to survive in The Meantime, relationships with “need mediating subjects” must be forged. Beritzhoff refers to these subjects as “Responsibles,” fellow exiles and/or humanitarian aid workers. They assist in keeping the internal object-tie and self-capacities alive by restoring vitality and meaning to the self including through the medium of play.

Readings (click to download):
Psychoanalysis in the Meantime
Psychoanalysis Moving in Places It Rarely Goes

General Admission: $25
Member Admission: $15
Students, Candidates and Community Workers: FREE

Continuing Education Credit: $20

CE Credits offered: 2

Course Objectives

After completing this course participants will be able to:

  1. describe the psychic toll the migratory, humanitarian crisis exacts on the self and the self’s sacred core
  2. explain Beritzhoff's concept of "The Meantime" and discuss the role of "The Responsibles" in keeping internal object-ties and self-capacities alive

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October 9th, 2021 10:00 AM
Online via Zoom (Pacific Time Zone)
United States
Event Fee(s)
General Admission $ 25.00
PINC Members $ 15.00
Candidates, Students and CMH workers $ 0.00
CE Credits (1.5) $ 15.00