P33
Anthropology and psychoanalysis: kinship, attachments and the past in the present

Convenors:
Margherita Margiotti Fortis (Durham University)
Format:
Panels
Location:
Science Site/Engineering E102
Start time:
4 July, 2016 at 14:00
Session slots:
2

Short abstract:

In bridging anthropology and psychoanalysis, the panel invites new ethnographic and/or theoretical explorations in the areas of kinship, attachment, internal worlds, representations, lived world and affect. What is the role of the past in the present of lived attachments?

Long abstract:

In bridging anthropology and psychoanalysis, the panel invites new ethnographic and/or theoretical explorations in the areas of kinship, attachment, internal worlds, representations, lived world and affect. We encourage explorations on the role of the past in the present and on how psychoanalytic theories can help in understanding lived experiences of kinship, internal worlds, and the internalisation of cultural representations of primary attachments. What is the role of past attachments in the present of lived experiences? How do culturally specific notions of desire and relationships are internalised and influence the lived realities, the internal world and affects of people? Are patterns of kinship organisation so different from personal feelings and thoughts about attachments? Studies in kinship have been central to the historical development of anthropological concepts and theories. Can anthropology benefit from psychoanalytic contributions on the importance of early relationships in the present? We invite contributions that reconsider and bridge the history and the development of psychoanalytic notions and of kinship concepts. Contributions can be ethnographically grounded and/or psychoanalytically framed and explore the intersection between kinship as as lived experience and cultural and social notions of attachment.