Gail Lewis on post structural theory and post-kleinian psychoanalysis
Professor Gail Lewis, Department of Sociology, Open University has visited REMESO and given lectures for the ongoing course of the REMESO Graduate School: "International Migration, Ethnicity and Gender: Intersectional Perspectives on Labour, Power and Citizenship". The course is led by Professor Diana Mulinari, Lund University and Post Doc Anna Bredström, REMESO.
The title of Lewis lecture were "In the absence of truth at least not the lie: travels toward self, other and relatedness". She spoke about the need to bridge and relate to the void left by poststructuralist challenges to thruth claims in terms of experience and identity constructions relative to notions and discourses of race-, ethnicity- and gender-differences. The post structutal critique was, according to Lewis, important in that it broke down normative stereotypes about race and gender identities and open up for new, and new articulations of, subject positions. Yet, with the bathwater that was thrown out, a few approaches which made room for individual and collective psychic experiences and "truths" - central elements in relations and thus in the construction of selves, was lost. A path she seeks out is to try to make room for a relational, intersubjective, concept of truth, which ascribes the experience based and relational a more important place in the construction of the subject.
Last updated: 2012-04-24