Rendering Unconscious welcomes Irene Strasser and Martin Dege to the podcast to discuss their process creating the recent online event series Psychology of Global Crisis 2020 hosted by American University of Paris and their podcast Crisis Talk.

Keynote and panel presentations from PSG2020 are available at YouTube

Irene Strasser is a developmental psychologist. She joined The American University in Cairo in 2019. Before coming to AUC, she held positions at The American University of Paris and the University of Klagenfurt in Austria. Her research focuses on lifespan development with an emphasis on age and aging, in particular on concepts and images of aging. Her work is informed by critical perspectives in gerontology, the development of wisdom in the context of biographical experiences, and gender studies. Her aim is to explore equal rights issues in the context of aging as well as the possibilities of older people to participate in societal activities, regardless of gender, class and ethnicity. Professor Strasser understands teaching and learning as a holistic process that builds connections between theory and practice and creates space to try out new approaches and question existing knowledge. She is well-experienced with research-oriented teaching and invites her students to gain hands-on experience in order to develop a critical view on study design and ethical questions.

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Martin Dege joined the American University of Paris in August 2018. Before his arrival he worked at the University of Potsdam, the University Konstanz, the University of Hamburg, and Yale University. He received his PhD and MA degrees from Clark University, Massachusetts and a BA from Freie Universität Berlin. Martin Dege has held teaching appointments at Sigmund Freud University (Berlin, Germany) and the University of Klagenfurt (Austria). He is the recipient of various research scholarships, among others the Marie Curie Program of the EU, the Fritz-Thyssen Foundation, and the German Academic Scholarship Foundation.

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Link to RU48 with PSG2020 co-organizer Robert Beshara

Sinclair, V.R., Johanssen, J., Millar, I., Steele, J. & Zeavin, H. Connection and Community Through Technology panel presentation at The Psychology of Global Crises 2020 conference, American University Paris, online.

This episode also available at YouTube:

Rendering Unconscious Podcast is hosted by Dr. Vanessa Sinclair, who interviews psychoanalysts, psychologists, scholars, creative arts therapists, writers, poets, philosophers, artists & other intellectuals about their process, world events, the current state of mental health care, politics, culture, the arts & more. Episodes are also created from lectures given at various international conferences. 

Rendering Unconscious is also a book and e-book! Rendering Unconscious: Psychoanalytic Perspectives, Politics and Poetry (Trapart Books, 2019) 

Vanessa Sinclair, Psy.D. is a psychoanalyst based Stockholm, who sees clients internationally, specializing in offering quality psychoanalytic treatment remotely and online. Her books include Switching Mirrors (2016), The Fenris Wolf vol 9 (2017) co-edited with Carl Abrahamsson, On Psychoanalysis and Violence: Contemporary Lacanian Perspectives (2018) co-edited with Manya Steinkoler, and Scansion in Psychoanalysis and Art: the Cut in Creation forthcoming from Routledge 2020. Dr. Sinclair is a founding member of Das Unbehagen: A Free Association for Psychoanalysis

Please visit the About page for links to various platforms where the podcast posts.

The track at the end of the episode is “Rooftops and basements” from the album “Switching” by Vanessa Sinclair and Carl Abrahamsson, available as a 2CD boxset from Highbrow Lowlife and Trapart Editions. Available digitally at Bandcamp.

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

Image of PSG2020