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Knoblauch, S.H. (2020). Beyond Racial Visibility and Invisible: Reply to Hartman and Sheehi. Psychoanal. Dial., 30(3):331-335.

(2020). Psychoanalytic Dialogues, 30(3):331-335

Beyond Racial Visibility and Invisible: Reply to Hartman and Sheehi

Steven H. Knoblauch, Ph.D.

In responding to the rich discussions from Stephen Hartman and Lara Sheehi (this issue), the author builds on the ways each discussant explores how invisibility and visibility shape phantomatic obstacles to reckoning with race in psychoanalytic theory and practice. A struggle with the nexus of racial and other discursive hierarchies of interpellation can serve to liberate clinical movement, otherwise infected by incarcerating categories. This effort is demonstrated to challenge both patient and analyst to find ways to trans-form racial stereotypes of rescuer and victim. Escape from such discursive traps as understanding, empathy, containment and/or recognition challenges the analyst, as Hartman reminds, to embrace vulnerability as a guiding muse and nonrecognition as a source of learning. Such efforts are offered to facilitate a trans-formation process for both clinical participants as intersubjects, complexly constituted by conscious and unconscious ideological (Sheehi, this issue) histories and affiliations.

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