Cult G: Political Psychotherapies

Nikolay Karkov (SUNY Cortland)
This seminar will explore the relationship between different types of psychotherapy and politics broadly understood. Over against the methodological individualism/familialism of traditional therapeutical approaches and their aversion to political considerations, the course will look at critical engagements with the psyche from anti-capitalist, anti-racist, feminist, trans, decolonial, and other perspectives. Along the way, students will read texts in community psychology, the history of early psychoanalysis, anti-racist attachment theory, theories of transsexuality, ethnopsychiatry, and decolonial approaches to mental health.