Special Works School and the Canadian Network for Psychoanalysis and Culture

Wednesday, February 14, 7:30–9:30 pm

The Canadian Network of Psychoanalysis and Culture invites you to engage with three responses to Special Works School by Bambitchell. The invited respondents are Nicole Charles, Nael Bhanji, and Dr. Silvia Tenenbaum.

Each invited respondent will speak for 10 minutes about Special Works School. There will then be an opportunity to engage as a group with each of the responses about the work.

The Canadian Network for Psychoanalysis and Culture (CNPC) is a network of psychoanalytic scholars and practitioners in Canada that meets semi-annually, in addition to hosting local events organized by CNPC members throughout the year.

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Nicole Charles is an Assistant Professor of Feminist Studies in Culture and Media in the Department of Historical Studies at the University of Toronto Mississauga. Her research engages transnational feminism and science and technology studies with an emphasis on cultures of biomedicine, health, and the politics of race and biotechnologies in the Anglophone Caribbean.

Nael Bhanji is a PhD candidate in the graduate program in Women’s Studies at York University. His research draws upon psychoanalysis and affect theory in order to explore articulations of necropolitics, racialization, and counter-terrorism within an increasingly globalized trans movement. Nael’s work appears in Transgender Migrations: The Bodies, Borders, and Politics of Transition, The Transgender Studies Reader 2, Trans Studies Quarterly 4.1, Canadian Ethnic Studies, and The Equity Myth: Racialization and Indigeneity at Canadian Universities.

Dr. Silvia Tenenbaum holds a postdoctoral fellowship at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health with the University of Toronto, where she is providing institutional research on the topic of the praxis of Indigenous Reconciliation in mental health. A registered clinical psychologist in the province of Ontario, Dr. Tenenbaum provides therapy for Indigenous trans-youth and Syrian refugees, as incoming young adults fragmented by sexual and/or cultural diversity, including the refugee/othering experience and geographic dislocation, and informed by diasporic studies. Dr. Tenenbaum has been working with youth since her own youth in Montevideo, Uruguay, and under military dictatorship. Dr. Tenenbaum routinely researches and presents at international venues on the topic of her doctoral thesis: gender non-conforming youth, acknowledging the beauty of things imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete.