PINC Symposium – Racialized Bodies and the Violence of the Setting

Racialized Bodies and the Violence of the Setting

Daniel Butler, LMFT, Discussant Francisco Gonzalez, MD

Tuesday Nov 19, 7:30 PM–9:00 PM

flyerIn this presentation, Daniel Butler turns to Winnicott, Bleger, and Fanonian black critical theory to query how the clinical setting might always already be racialized as part of a racialized nation. Butler considers how clinical concepts can facilitate an understanding of the national setting, and how psychopolitical concepts can elucidate a social-structural understanding of the clinic. Racialization is posited as a violence that inheres in clinical and national settings, and this violence is illustrated through an account of the 2017 Charlottesville protests, as well through a reading of Harold Searles’s clinical work with white patients whose psychoses are shaped in relation to a “nonhuman,” phantom-like blackness. Distinguishing between phantom and phantasm, Butler argues that the former is the excess and unrepresentable materiality of the latter. Accordingly, the setting is recast in terms of its phantasmatic and phantomatic dimensions, such that an analysis of stereotypes or fantasied social difference is considered with and against the structural production of phantom bodies, be they black, queer, transgender, or otherwise. Finally, on a personal note, Butler demonstrates the interplay of phantasm and phantom by recounting a homophobic attack in his neighborhood. He uses this confrontation to explore questions of violence, temporality, and the uncertain potential for upsetting structural oppressions that inform our experiences of clinic and nation alike.

November 19th, 2019 7:30 PM
530 Bush Street
Suite 700
San Francisco, CA 94108
United States
Phone: 415-288-4050
Event Fee(s)
General Admission $ 20.00
PINC Members $ 10.00
Candidates and Full-time Students $ 0.00
CE Credits (1.5) $ 15.00
Streaming fee $ 10.00