Today’s episode of Rendering Unconscious Podcast welcomes Dr. Daniel José Gaztambide, visiting assistant professor in the Department of Psychology at the New School for Social Research and practicing psychologist. His new book A People’s History of Psychoanalysis: From Freud to Liberation Psychology reviews the oft-forgotten history of social justice in psychoanalysis. Starting with the work of Sigmund Freud and the first generation of left-leaning psychoanalysts, Gaztambide traces a series of interrelated psychoanalytic ideas and social justice movements that culminated in the work of Frantz Fanon, Paulo Freire, and Ignacio Martín-Baró. Through this intellectual genealogy, Dr. Gaztambide presents a psychoanalytically informed theory of race, class, and internalized oppression that resulted from the intertwined efforts of psychoanalysts and racial justice advocates over the course of generations and gave rise to liberation psychology.

Book launch event for A People’s History of Psychoanalysis: From Freud to Liberation Psychology via the New School for Social Research, Thursday, April 30, 7:30PM EDT. Link to register

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The work of Patricia Gherovici is mentioned in this episode

The book 50 Shrinks: Portraits by Sebastian Zimmerman

Rendering Unconscious is a podcast about psychoanalysis, culture and more hosted by Dr. Vanessa Sinclair, a psychoanalyst from New York City, now based in Stockholm. Dr. Sinclair sees patients internationally, specializing in online and remote treatment for free-lancers, creatives and students, as well as those who are home-bound or live in remote locations and may not have access to psychoanalytic treatment in their area.

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Rendering Unconscious is a podcast hosted by Dr. Vanessa Sinclair, wherein she interviews psychoanalysts, psychologists, philosophers, creative arts therapists, social workers, artists, poets, writers, scholars and other clinicians and intellectuals about their process, work, current events, activism, mental health care, diverse theoretical lenses and various worldviews. Episodes also include lectures given and recorded at various events hosted internationally.

Rendering Unconscious is also a book! Rendering Unconscious: Psychoanalytic Perspectives, Politics and Poetry (Trapart Books, 2019). Also available via Kindle and iBook.

The song at the end of the episode is “Shadow play, strategies and ritual” from the album The Chapel Is Empty by Vanessa Sinclair and Akoustik Timbre Frekuency, now available digitally via Bandcamp

CD available in deluxe and standard editions from Highbrow Lowlife and Trapart Editions

Many thanks to Carl Abrahamsson, who created the intro and outro music for Rendering Unconscious podcast.

Photo: cover of A People’s History of Psychoanalysis: From Freud to Liberation Psychology by Dr. Daniel José Gaztambide