Customer Service | Help | FAQ | PEP-Easy | Report a Data Error | About
Tip: PEP-Web Archive subscribers can access past articles and books…

PEP-Web Tip of the Day

If you are a PEP-Web Archive subscriber, you have access to all journal articles and books, except for articles published within the last three years, with a few exceptions.

For the complete list of tips, see PEP-Web Tips on the PEP-Web support page.

Forter, G. (2006). Introduction. Int. J. Appl. Psychoanal. Stud., 3(2):113-117.

(2006). International Journal of Applied Psychoanalytic Studies, 3(2):113-117


Greg Forter

The following essays are based on papers delivered at the symposium on “Psychoanalysis, the Iraq War, and the Prospects for a Lasting Peace,” which took place at the University of South Carolina on May 13-15, 2005. They are unusually “conjunctural” essays, in the Marxist sense of that term: they were written to address a particular historical moment from a specific social location (psychoanalytically informed critique), and they thus exhibit a particular kind of political and theoretical urgency. The historical event that precipitated them was, of course, the Iraq war. More specifically, the authors of the essays were responding to a feeling that I believe all of us shared, and that motivated my organizing the symposium in the first place: that mainstream discourse about the Iraq war has lacked the psychological sophistication necessary to understanding and effectively resisting it, while psychoanalytic responses to it have often been limited by a tendency to reduce historical factors to psychic ones. A central aim of the conference was thus to fuse psychological and historical modes of analysis. That aim was wedded to the project of developing effective strategies of resistance — strategies that needed to rest, in our view, on an adequately rich understanding of the psychopolitical “ground” of the war.

Attempts to fuse psychoanalytic methods with historical approaches are not new. The very difficulty of the task, however, seems to make the fusion a more or less perpetual work-in-progress.

[This is a summary excerpt from the full text of the journal article. The full text of the document is available to journal subscribers on the publisher's website here.]

Copyright © 2021, Psychoanalytic Electronic Publishing, ISSN 2472-6982 Customer Service | Help | FAQ | Download PEP Bibliography | Report a Data Error | About

WARNING! This text is printed for personal use. It is copyright to the journal in which it originally appeared. It is illegal to redistribute it in any form.