This workshop will help participants achieve an in-depth understanding of the psycho-political nature of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. It will include a brief lecture on using psychoanalytic concepts in the understanding of inter-ethnic conflicts, drawing from Bion, Winnicott, Volkan, Bar-Tal, Nusseibeh, and the presenter's own research. There will be an emphasis on the use of our understandings of the ana- lytic concept of "enactments" as a handle with which to interrogate the narratives behind the Israeli- Palestinian conflict. The core of the workshop will be a participatory simulation event, designed to experientially bring home the nature and depth of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The situation of Jerusalem, a city claimed by both sides as their holy city, is one of the key components of the "intractable" nature of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Warren Spielberg, Ph.D., is a Fulbright Scholar, 2010-11, Al Quds University, West Bank; clinical psychologist and psychoanalyst; Associate Professor at the New School University where he is Director of the Co-Existence Project; and consultant to the Peace Now dialogue project, which brings together Israeli and Palestinian young adult leaders. He is currently conducting a research study with Unicef on the lives of young Palestinian men living in East Jerusalem.
Vamik Volkan, M.D., (Discussant) is an Emeritus Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Virginia, Senior Erikson Scholar at the Erikson Institute, and Emeritus Training and Supervising Analyst at the Washington Psychoanalytic Institute. Dr. Volkan was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize for examining conflicts between opposing large groups, carrying out projects in various troubled spots in the world for 30 years, and developing psycho-political theories arising from his fieldwork and observations.
This presentation is designed for academicians, professionals from related fields including mental health, and members of the interested public.