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THE STRANGER IN OUR MIDST

SATURDAY 8TH OCTOBER 2016, 9.30am to 3.30pm
THE CLAYTON HOTEL,
CARDIFF

Speakers: Professor Renos Papadopoulos
Mr.M. Fakhry Davids

Strangers and Homes: Trauma and disorder, distress and resilience. RENOS PAPADOPOULOS

The complex inter-relationship between strangers and ‘inner’ strangers will be examined and discussed. The theme of strangers will be juxtaposed with the theme of homes, in order to provide a rich perspective. Emphasis will be given to the epistemological traps that are engendered when considering strangers, especially refugees, in the context of assisting them. The prevailing ‘trauma discourse’ will be critiqued and a framework will be developed that enables the appreciation not only of the negative effects of being exposed to adversity but also of the retained strengths, as well as of the wider parameters of these phenomena. Reflections on applications of this framework will be presented and discussed that include field projects as well as work with individuals.

Demonising the Other: A societal and clinical challenge. FAKHRY DAVIDS
Recent times have brought rising number of refugees from the Middle East and Africa, fleeing war and economic hardship, to Europe. Where one might expect compassion for the plight of human beings caught up in desperate circumstances not of their own making, these groups are often demonised as a threat. Why is the human mind so vulnerable to the tendency to demonise what is strange and unfamiliar? 
I suggest that the grip on the mind of this tendency stems from a universal, internal racist structure, which I will describe in detail. Drawing on clinical material, I show how this understanding has developed from the consulting room, where the deployment of the racist structure results in a paralysis of functioning in the encounter with the cultural other. I go on to spell out its clinical and societal implications.

Renos K. Papadopoulos, Ph.D. is Professor of Analytical Psychology and Director of the ‘Centre for Trauma, Asylum and Refugees’, a member of the ‘Human Rights Centre’ and of the ‘Transitional Justice Network’, all at the University of Essex. In addition, he is Honorary Clinical Psychologist and Systemic Family Psychotherapist at the Tavistock Clinic, training and supervising Jungian psychoanalyst and systemic family psychotherapist in private practice. As consultant to the United Nations and other organizations, he has been working with refugees, tortured persons and other survivors of political violence and disasters in many countries. He is the founder and director of the ‘MA/Ph.D. in Refugee Care’ that is offered jointly by the University of Essex and the Tavistock Clinic. He lectures and offers specialist trainings internationally and his writings have appeared in fourteen languages.

Fakhry Davids is a psychoanalyst practising full-time in London.  He is a Fellow and Training Analyst of the Institute of Psychoanalysis, Honorary Senior Lecturer, Psychoanalysis Unit, University College London, and Visiting Lecturer, Tavistock Clinic, London.  He is a Board Member of Partners in Confronting Collective Atrocities (www.p-cca.org), and a Member of the EPF Ad Hoc Working Group on “Psychoanalysis and Muslim Backgrounds”.  He has written on a number of psychoanalytic topics, including a book on Internal Racism: A Psychoanalytic Approach to Race and Difference (Palgrave-Macmillan, 2011).
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APPLICATION FORM

Conference Registration: £55 (including coffees and sandwich lunch). We regret we are unable to process Institutional Payments. To reserve a place, individual cheques need to arrive by the closing date of 30th September. Places are limited and early booking is recommended.

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The Clayton Hotel is offering:  Bed and Breakfast on Friday night (7th Oct.) at a rate £85  or inclusive of dinner, at £105. This is based on single occupancy.
For enquiries, email:   res.cardiff@claytonhotels.com
For directions or further information about the venue, visit: www.claytonhotelcardiff.com.

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