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PEP Video Grants

PEP Video Grant Projects 2013

As part of the new video platform development in 2013, the Directors of Psychoanalytic Electronic Publishing created a special annual fund to support video projects intended to provide an opportunity to reflect on, deepen, or explicate core psychoanalytic work for PEP-Web’s video archive. The first round of grants from this fund was announced in 2013. All grant applications were reviewed and voted on by a panel of Jurors who were elected for this purpose by the top 100 downloaded authors of 2012 (publishing in the last 20 years) on PEP-Web. PEP is very pleased to announce the successful projects for this first round of grants have now begun production, and are expected to be up on PEP-Web in the first half of 2015.

The projects (in alphabetical order by title) are:

Black Psychoanalysts Speak (US)

The film will comprise material from the IPTAR hosted Black Psychoanalysts Speak Conference of 2012, and the IPTAR and The William Alanson White Institute hosted Black Psychoanalysts Speak Conference in 2013 (also hosted by the Clinical Psychology Department of the New School for Social Research with the support of NYU Post Doctoral Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis), and will feature additional interviews of the participants. The film is intended to raise awareness of the need for greater openness and understanding of cultural and ethnic pressures in psychoanalytic training, in transferential and countertransferential interactions, and the recruitment of people of color into psychoanalytic training.

Controversial Discussions for the XXIst Century (UK)

Taking its title from the “Controversial Discussions” in the British Psychoanalytic Society between 1942-44,Controversial Discussions for the XXI Century’ will examine how a key psychoanalytic concept is understood and used by two or more different psychoanalytic cultures today. André Green regarded the controversies raised in the original “Discussions” as “the most important in the history of psychoanalysis”. This film will examine their enduring legacy and explore how some of UK’s most prominent contemporary psychoanalytic thinkers understand and use a concept such as “unconscious phantasy” in their theoretical and clinical work. We expect an insightful, engaging, and thought-provoking discussion and a fascinating master class on working with clinical material.

From Observation to Aprés Coup (UK)

This project aims to create bold, innovative, and visually interesting content that can communicate complex psychoanalytic ideas in an engaging manner. It aims to explore the methodological debate between observation and clinical psychoanalytic research, embodied in the polemical encounter between Daniel Stern and André Green at UCL in 1997. Although these debates took place well over a decade ago, their polemical encounter continues to raise important methodological questions that remain highly relevant for psychoanalytic research today. To further explore this debate, this project proposes the production of three documentary films that reproduces the different methodologies outlined by Stern and Green, re-casting them in a parallel visual methodology. The films will be constructed using similar methods (albeit in a different form) as outlined in the Stern‐Green debate. In doing so, the films will provide the viewer with an opportunity to evaluate the epistemological significance that the two methodologies present, along with their possible synthesis.

Psychoanalytic Outreach Video Series (US)

This project will develop a series of 6-10 short videos, 4-7 minutes each. They are intended as a source of public service information. The aim of these films is to make psychoanalytic concepts, and psychoanalysis itself, less mysterious and more available to the public. It is hoped that this will be a factor towards our culture becoming more open to psychoanalytic treatments. While educational, they will describe and portray psychoanalytic concepts in a respectfully light and approachable manner. These will be useful to college and perhaps high school level basic psychology classes.