Washington Square Institute

39th Annual Scientific Conference
Co-sponsored with The National Association for the Advancement of Psychoanalysis

Is There a Psychoanalytic Response to Terrorism?

Paola Mieli, Ph.d.
Mark Stafford, LP

Sunday, April 19, 2015 from 10:00 AM – 4:30 PM

Registration Begins At 9:30 AM

Morning Session: 10:00 AM — 12:30 PM

Welcoming Remarks:

Jane Genende, LCSW-R


An Overview of Psychoanalytic Response to Terrorism
Gerd H. Fenchel, PH.D., LP, FAGPA


Trauma and War Trauma
Paola Mieli, PH.D.

Trauma is at the origin of life and of human sexuality. It is at the center of the very structure of the human being, as subject of language. Affects, formations of the unconscious, symptoms are responses to it. But what is the consequence of the summation of traumatic experiences? What is the consequence of trauma unleashed by radical violence, a violence geared toward annihilating the subject? How can we approach these traumas clinically?

Afternoon Session: 2:00 PM — 4:00 PM


Jane Genende, LCSW-R


Evan Malater, LCSW-R


"No place for a woman" - On the relation between the hatred of sexual difference and the ideology of terror
Mark Stafford, LP

The purpose of terrorism is not only to kill and maim but to try make life within a particular space impossible. Acts of terror and the responses to them are frequently framed in ideological (religious and political) terms. Campaigns of terror have, particularly since the conflict in Bosnia (1992-95), specifically targeted women. Without ignoring the ideological dimension we will explore instead the links between the use of terror and the hatred for the idea of "a women", the real of femininity and sexual difference.

Panel Discussion

Proceedings of the Conference will be published in:
Issues in Psychoanalytic Psychology


Washington Square Institute for Psychotherapy
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Conference Co-Chairs

Gerd H. Fenchel, Ph.D., L.P., FAGPA and Jane Genende, LCSW-R


Marc Angers, LCSW, L.P., NCPsyA., and Marilyn Tauber, M.A., L.P., NCPsyA.

PARTICIPANTS In Order of Presentation

Gerd Fenchel, Ph.D., FAGPA is one of the founders of Washington Square Institute. Dr. Fenchel is Co-Director/Dean, Training and Supervising Analyst, WSI; Fellow, Council of Psychoanalytic Psychotherapists, American Group Psychotherapy Association, and the Pennsylvania Psychological Association, International council of Psychologists; Member National Association for the Advancement of Psychoanalysis. Licensed Psychologist: New York State, Pennsylvania.

Paola Mieli, Ph.D. is a psychoanalyst in New York City. She is president of Après-Coup Psychoanalytic Association (New York) and a member at Le Cercle Freudien (Paris), Insistance (Paris), Encore (Paris) and of The European Federation of Psychoanalysis (Strasbourg). A Correspondent Editor of the Psychoanalytic Journal Che Vuoi ? (Paris) and a Contributing Editor of the Journal Insistance: Art, Psychanalyse et Politique (Paris), she is Associate Researcher at the Centre de Recherches en Psychanalyse, Medicine et Société at the University of Paris VII. The author of numerous articles on psychoanalysis and on culture published in Europe and America, her books include: A Silver Martian--Normality and Segregation in Primo Levi's Sleeping Beauty in the Fridge, CPL Editions, New York 2014, Sobre as manipulaçaões irreversívels do corpo (Rio de Janeiro 2002), and Being Human: The Technological Extensions of the Body (Co-Editor, New York, 1999). She is the Publisher and Director of Sea Horse Imprint (New York).

Mark Stafford, LP is a Psychoanalyst in practice in New York and Bedford. He is Director of the training program of the Westchester Institute for Psychoanalysis. Member of the Après-Coup Psychoanalytic Association. Board member NAAP, adjunct faculty member of The School of Visual Arts, Parsons School of Art & Design. Author/editor, "Being Human: Technological Extensions of the Boundaries of the Body", "The Errancies of Transmission."

Evan Malater, LCSW-R is a writer and psychoanalyst in private practice in New York City and is a Ph.D candidate at the European Graduate School. He is on the Editorial Board of the Psychoanalytic Review. "Eigentime: Time in the Writing of Michael Eigen" will be forthcoming in Living Moments by Karnac Books in 2014. He is co-editor of a forthcoming book with Jamieson Webster and Michael Garfinkle, Desire and Discontent: Becoming a Psychoanalyst in the 21st Century to be published by Karnac Books.


Gerd H. Fenchel, Ph.D., FAGPA — bio above

Jane Genende, LCSW-R — Psychotherapist in Private Practice. WSI staff and student supervisor. Publications: "A Therapist's Pregnancy: An Opportunity for Growth in the Treatment of Homosexual Men." Clinical Social Work Journal. 1988. The Lost Tribe of the Andes: A Jewish American Family's Struggle with Assimilation. iUniverse,2012

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