The Other and Othering

The Austin Psychoanalytic board is proud to announce five events for our 2021-22 program calendar, and has opened a call for program proposals for this year’s theme: The Other and Othering. Othering encompasses normal developmental process and pathological dynamics of using self-other differences for the purposes of solidifying self and group identity. Psychoanalysis has much to say about the complex relationship between self and other, how self-other constitute one another, and how in the process of other-ing, differences can be used to obliterate our similarities, creating a caricatured, vilified other who becomes the receptacle for our fears and unwanted parts of ourselves. We have planned four conferences plus a community educational event on The Other and Othering:

(1) Our diversity workshop is scheduled for September 11, 2021, with Usha Tummala-Narra, PhD.

(2) On October 23, 2021, our clinical conference will include 3 presenters — Frank Summers, PhD, Steve Kuchuck, DSW, LCSW, and Richard Geist, EdD — in a roundtable format exploring the “psychoanalyst as other” from different psychoanalytic perspectives.

(3) Our community event, titled “The Scapegoated Other,” will be held November 18, 2021, with Anthony R. Hinton and Elizabeth Kita, PhD. Mr. Hinton served 30 years on Alabama’s death row for a crime he did not commit.

(4) We are offering a half-day clinical/developmental conference on January 29, 2022. Stephen Seligman, DMH will present on the developmental issues in self-other differentiation.

(5) Our ethics conference with Peter Shabad, PhD, will be held March 5, 2022.

Proposals for salons (or study groups) and monthly meetings are invited that further address themes of The Other and Othering. Salon and monthly meeting proposals may elaborate on our theme; for example, considering how the other and othering are viewed in various schools of psychoanalytic thought. Proposals may also focus on the role of othering in gender identity, race relations, sex trafficking, social class issues, and sexuality and sexual practices. Additional topics include developmental uses of the other; the othering of one’s own body in eating disorders and psychosomatic dynamics; the adoptee as other in the family system; the othering of the mentally ill and the homeless; othering in countertransference reactions and enactments; and othering dynamics in the use of diagnosis and case conceptualization, to name a few of the myriad of possible topics. A salon may also function as a continued exploration of a conference topic and/or in-depth analysis of readings recommended by conference presenters.

Please be aware that presenters and facilitators of salons or monthly meetings are not paid for presenting. Participants’ registration fees are used to operate AP programs.

Monthly Meeting Programs may consist of lectures, panel discussions, film screenings, or guided group (audience) discussions. It is expected that presentations are informed by psychoanalytic theory and literature. (However, it is preferable if speakers do not read their entire presentation from a paper.) Regardless of format, presentations should allow ample time for the audience to interact and engage with the material.

Salons (or study groups) typically consist of 2 or more sessions conducted in the facilitator’s home or office, or online. Facilitators may require the participants to purchase a textbook or other book for the salon, or facilitators may email journal articles to participants.

Proposals are due March 1, 2021. Your proposal should consist of a short paragraph about the content and format of the proposed salon or monthly meeting. Email your proposal to, with “Proposal for 2021-22” in the subject line. If accepted, presenters are required to submit a program syllabus, reference list, and learning objectives. AP Educational Committee members are available to help curate programs. We look forward to hearing from you!


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Barbara E. Davis · March 1, 2020 at 5:14 pm

I just sent a proposal for a monthly meeting, by email. I am writing to make sure you received it, as I wasn’t clear on where to send it. Could you let me know that you did get it? Thank you, Barbara

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