2016 Hayman Fellowship Award Winners

At the University of California Interdisciplinary Psychoanalytic Consortium Annual Meeting, held at the UCLA Conference Center, Lake Arrowhead, June 3-5, 2016, the recipients of this year’s Hayman Foundation Fellowship Awards, in the amount of $10,000 each, were announced.

This year, we awarded the Fellowship to two graduate students.  Tanzeen Doha  (UC Davis, Department of Anthropology) and Matthew McCoy, UCLA (Dept. of Anthropology).

Doha’s project focuses on the psycho-racial and libidinal structure of the War on Terror with a specific focus on the May 2013 massacre of Islamic practitioners in Dhaka, Bangladesh. The project investigates how foundational Islamic texts (Qur’an, Sunnah, Hadith, Sharia) have been mobilized to confront the problems of secularization, modernization, and economic crisis, it also traces the inner lives of both postcolonial secular and Islamic subjects through a critical psychoanalytic and ethnographic engagement.

McCoy’s project—”Experiencing the Peace Walls: Ethics, Security, and Segregation in Post-Conflict Belfast”—is an ethnographic examination of a segregated, working-class interface community in east Belfast that suffers from the legacy of “the Troubles,” an ethno-nationalist conflict which disproportionately affected this small area.  In the community under study, Protestants and Catholics are surveilled through CCTV and armored patrols and kept separate from one another by security infrastructure called “peace walls.” Through person-centered and psychoanalytically informed research, his dissertation describes the psychological and embodied experiences of residents who live in spaces circumscribed by an array of walls made of concrete, slatted steel, barbed wire, and weld mesh as they commemorate the past, heal in the present, and prepare for an uncertain future in their precarious State.

We would like to congratulate Tanzeen and Matthew on their Fellowships, and hope to see them at the 2017 UC/NCP ICP Arrowhead Meeting!

Jeffrey Prager
Professor of Sociology, UCLA

Final Program & Readings – 2016 UC/NCP ICP Meeting

The UC/NCP ICP Annual Meeting is drawing near (June 3-5, 2016), and the final program is now available!  Just follow the link provided below to see the lineup of Plenaries and Workshops.  Each session contains links to assigned readings, as well as descriptions of the sessions.

Final Program – 2016 Meeting of UC/NCP ICP 

As always, it is expected that participants have downloaded and read the session texts prior to the meeting weekend.  Please download the readings for the sessions you’re interested in, and get reading!

For first-time attendees: Everyone attends the Plenaries (so do the readings for all three of these).  For each of the two workshop blocks (Workshops I&II and Workshops III&IV), you will need to choose which workshop you’d like to attend in each block, and download the readings for that session.

A few sessions are still in flux, and we’re still awaiting readings from several presenters.  We will be updating this page as the schedule becomes finalized, adding any missing materials.  If something you need is missing, check back in  a few days…

If you have any issues with the linked PDF files (or any questions), please contact Kevin Groark (kgroark@gmail.com).

Looking forward to seeing you all soon!



UC/NCP IPC 2016 Annual Meeting!

Our annual conference at the UCLA Lake Arrowhead Conference Center will be held on June 3-5, 2016. As always, we’ll be convening at the lovely UCLA Lake Arrowhead Conference Center and Resort in the mountains of southern California. The retreat atmosphere, the beautiful surroundings, the comfortable cabins, and the delicious meals always make for a wonderful conference.

Note that we’ve had a name change!  Formerly known as UCIPC (University of California Interdisciplinary Psychoanalytic Consortium), we are now officially UC/NCP IPC (University of California / New Center for Psychoanalysis Interdisciplinary Psychoanalytic Consortium).

Time is drawing near, register soon and start thinking about possible presentations. It is the custom of UCIPC to organize our program around group discussions. Panel leaders are expected to make opening remarks and to propose (brief) readings to help organize the discussion. Panel leaders are not to make long formal presentations of their work, or of others.

This Year’s Theme: PSYCHOANALYSIS, ECONOMY, AND DESIRE—Our meeting this year is organized around the theme “Psychoanalysis, Economy, and Desire.” (Preliminary Program available here).  Conference sessions will focus on an exploration of the psychic, social, and interpersonal dynamics of economics and desire, broadly construed, in clinical, social, and ideological contexts. We invite presentations and workshops for thematically based discussions and clinical presentations.

A central concern of the meeting will be the complex relationship between analytic and non-analytic conceptions of economics, money, and desire. How does psychoanalytic theory complicate popular conceptions of money, exchange, and value? Can psychoanalytic methods serve as a critique of economic discourse? What more can we say about the exchange relation between analyst and analysand (both ethically and psychoanalytically)? Conversely, how have broader cultural understandings of economics shaped psychoanalytic theory and practice, and how do these processes play out in the clinical encounter? In what ways do poverty and politics enter in concrete form in the psychoanalytic practice of the contemporary? Is there such a thing as an “economic unconscious,” and if so, what is it, and how might it function? Furthermore, in what ways might alternate conceptions of economy and desire emerge from the interface of psychoanalysis, economics, philosophy and religious worldviews?

For more information on registration, panels, etc, click here.

For Preliminary Program and Readings, click here.

Some helpful links: Conference AnnouncementCall for Proposals | Registration Form | Hayman Fellowship Application | Graduate Conference Stipend Form | NCP Paper Prize


Name Change & Partnership with New Center for Psychoanalysis!

Dear Members and Prospective Members of UCIPC:

Exciting news! Our co-sponsor for the past several years, the New Center for Psychoanalysis (NCP) in Los Angeles, has agreed to help fund the organization on a regular basis, and to support our operations out of their psychoanalytic training center (which has, for years, been at the forefront of providing full psychoanalytic training to academics and non-medical professionals).

As a result, we will now officially be called the University of California / New Center for Psychoanalysis Interdisciplinary Psychoanalytic Consortium (UC/NCP IPC) — just a little more of a mouthful than before…!  Over time, our online identity will be changed to reflect this new name.


Having New Center for Psychoanalysis as a co-sponsor increases both our organizational stability and our operating capital.  Funds contributed by NCP will be used to enhance the organization in many different ways.  We plan to be able to offer the following enhancements to our Annual Meeting:

  • Conference subsidies for Graduate Students, Clinical Associates, Academics, and Analysts (in both UC system as well as NCP)
  • Travel grants (particularly from those who travel from Northern California to Arrowhead, and have an expressed need).
  • Increased conference attendance (from 40 – 50+)
  • Additional funds for more ample hospitality (food and drinks) at the conference.
  • Honorarium for non-affiliated individual to join us for the conference.

In addition, UC/NCP IPC will support several exciting new initiatives:

  1. An annual presentation at the New Center for Psychoanalysis—offered by one of our members, this presentation will report on the current year’s conference theme to the membership of NCP as well as academics and other interested parties. The presenter will be selected at the spring meeting, and will speak on behalf of our organization in early spring of the following year. The presentation at the New Center will serve as a recruiting device for potential attendees for the up-coming Arrowhead conference.
  2. $1000 Clinical Associate Essay Prize—UC/NCP IPC will offer a $1,000 award to a current Clinical Associate for the best essay written on the year’s theme.  The winner will be invited to attend the week-end with all expenses paid.  This award will be in tandem with the Hayman Foundation Awards we have offered to University of California graduate students seeking support and recognition for their pre-doctoral research program.
  3. Thematic Working Groups—At the up-coming meeting, we will discuss the establishment of working groups (organized around particular research topics) that would meet throughout the year between our annual spring meetings.  Should we decide to implement this, funding would be proposal-driven, and the amount needed relatively small.

As a member of both the Psychoanalysis and Academy Committees of the American Psychoanalytic Association and the International Psychoanalytic Association, I can tell you that UC/NCP IPC is likely the best model in the world for promoting on-going collaboration between the University and the clinically-based psychoanalytic world.

I am very happy we are all part of this program.  We should be mindful, as we go forward, that we are implementing a model to promote synergy between the analytic world and the University.  NCP’s support insures the continuation of our mission.

Jeffrey Prager

Leo Rangell Professorial Endowment at UCLA

Check out the website for the Leo Rangell Professorial Endowment.   Housed at the Jane and Terry Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at UCLA, the purpose of the Leo Rangell Professorial Endowment is to celebrate, perpetuate, and advance the psychoanalytic work of the late Dr. Leo Rangell through an investment in scholarships, education and research. 62066169 A generous $2.1 million gift from The Resnick Family Foundation established the endowment, the proceeding from which are used to bring distinguished visiting professors and young scholars to the UCLA campus, as well as to create and maintain the Leo Rangell Archives Preservation Fund, dedicated to preserving and digitizing Dr. Rangell’s detailed records under the administration of the director of the Semel Institute. The Rangell Endowment also sponsor a generous essay prize each year, so check their website for more details…

2014 Hayman Dissertation Fellowship Winners

The University of California Psychoanalytic Consortium is very pleased to announce the winners of the 2014 Hayman Dissertation Fellowship, awarded at the 2014 UCIPC Annual Meeting at Lake Arrowhead, CA (May 2 – 4, 2014).

This year, UCIPC awarded two $10,000 Hayman Dissertation Fellowships to advanced graduate students who were at the writing stage of their dissertation. The Hayman Dissertation Fellowship was created to foster and support psychoanalytically informed research on the literary, cultural and humanistic expressions of genocide, racism, ethnocentrism, nationalism, inter-ethnic violence, and the Holocaust. The Endowment supports studies in the psychodynamics of personal, group, and international crisis management, de-escalation, conflict resolution, and peace processes.

The 2014 Hayman Dissertation Fellowship Winners are:

1) Niccole Leilanionapae’aina Coggins (UC Santa Barbara – History)“I Wish They Would Leave Those Negro Soldiers Alone”: Native Hawaiian and Japanese American Perceptions and Interactions with Blacks in World War II Hawai’i.

Niccole Coggins is a PhD candidate in the History program at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Her dissertation examines how race is constructed and contested in Hawai’i’s territorial period, focusing on the perceptions and interactions that Native Hawaiians and Japanese Americans had with Blacks neae the time of World War II (1935-1949). The dissertation draws on previously unused Hawaiian sources (including student written journals and papers), as well as local newspapers. Her privileging of local voices (rather than those of the colonizers) illustrates the temporal reality of day-to-day life on the ground, and also how the ground of race itself shifted over the course of the war. Contrary to the standard narrative that Hawai’i’s multicultural racial paradigm is a model for solving the United States’ racial problems, Coggins argues that Hawai’i operates on the same Black-White racial paradigm as the mainland U.S.

2) Melanie Sherazi (UC Riverside – English)”Posthumous Afterlives: Ecstatic Readings of Post-1945 American Literature”

Melanie Sherazi is a Ph.D. candidate in English at the University of California, Riverside, specializing in modern and contemporary American literature. Her dissertation explores the temporal, aesthetic, and ethical implications of posthumously published literary texts by such authors as Ralph Ellison, William Demby, Carson McCullers, Sylvia Plath, Jack Kerouac and William Burroughs. Her work troubles biographical criticism of such texts and considers the ways in which the time of the posthumously published text gestures back to the historical moment of its writing, even as it highlights shifting conceptions of social identities across time. As such, the mid-century American context is a particularly compelling temporal node for considerations of excess and embodiment in relationship to textuality. Psychoanalytic theories of the unconscious, mourning and melancholia, repetition, and the illusion of mastery are central to her project’s examination of our reading and writing practices and their interconnectedness with considerations of mortality.

On behalf of the membership of UCIPC as well as this year’s fellows, we would like to express our deep appreciation to the Hayman Foundation for their ongoing promotion and recognition of psychoanalytically-informed research within the academy, as well as their continued generous support for UCIPC and its activities.

UCIPC Conference Stipends for Grad Students and Research Clinical Associates!

We are pleased to announce that stipends will be available to fund student and research clinician attendance at the 2014 UCIPC conference!

Applications to attend the UCIPC Conference for graduate students and research clinical associates—including registration fees and room and board expenses and a maximum of $250 in travel expenses—require:

1) a cover letter stating the relevance of psychoanalytic theory and/or practice for graduate training with a description of research interests that benefit from psychoanalytic ideas, and

2) a CV documenting the academic history of the applicant.

DEADLINE: Applications are due by April 18, 2014. Send applications to Professor Naomi Janowitz (nhjanowitz@ucdavis.edu).


The University of California Interdisciplinary Psychoanalytic Consortium (UCIPC) announces up to two $10,000 Hayman Fellowships to aid psychoanalytically informed research on the literary, cultural and humanistic expressions of genocide, racism, ethnocentrism, nationalism, inter-ethnic violence, and the Holocaust.

The Endowment supports studies in the psychodynamics of personal, group, and international crisis management, de-escalation, conflict resolution, and peace processes. The fellowships are intended to provide for dissertation research in scholarly resources, archives, libraries, academic contacts, and to provide support for the final writing for publication of a project whose major research has been completed.

Applicants should be advanced to candidacy for the doctorate in their graduate studies or be in a psychiatric residency or fellowship program.

There is no application form. Applicants should send two copies of the following:

1) A current Curriculum Vita including a bibliography.

2) A proposal describing their project and its aims, when and where it would be undertaken (not to exceed 5 single-spaced pages) sent as an attachment.

3) One letter of reference by faculty sponsors familiar with their work.

DEADLINE: Applications must be received by April 18, 2014.  Send applications to Professor Naomi Janowitz (nhjanowitz@ucdavis.edu). [Subject Heading of email: Hayman Dissertation Fellowship. Any questions may be addressed to Dr. Janowitz.]

Winners of the fellowship will be announced at the ANNUAL MEETING OF THE UC INTERDISCIPLINARY PSYCHOANALYTIC CONSORTIUM May 2-4, 2014, UCLA’s Lake Arrowhead Conference Center.

(NOTE: Applicants for the Dissertation Award prize are encouraged to apply for a Conference Stipend also in the event that they do not receive the Dissertation Award but would like to attend the conference.)

PINC Visiting Scholars Program: Duncan Cartwright on Pathological Mental States from a Bionian Perspective

The Psychoanalytic Institute of Northern California (PINC) Visiting Scholars Program will be held in May and June.  This year we will be featuring South African  psychoanalyst Duncan Cartwright.  This is a rare chance to become acquainted with his important work on pathological mental states and his model of containing states of mind developed from a contemporary Bionian perspective. His work is very interesting for both clinicians and academics, and this is a rare opportunity to meet and learn about his work. (See Attached flyer)


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Theme of 22nd Annual UCIPC Meeting: Psychoanalysis and Love

We are pleased to announce the theme for the 22nd Annual UCIPC “Lake Arrowhead Meeting” (May 2-4, 2014)—PSYCHOANALYSIS AND LOVE

Adopting a possibly cheerier theme than in past years, the meetings will be organized around the theme “Psychoanalysis and Love.” Psychoanalysis, philosophy, and social theory have all grappled with the complex “question” of love and its role in personal and social life. How do we conceptualize love in its many forms and subtle variations? Is it best understood as an intrapsychic state? As a mode of intimate relating? As a social virtue? How does love relate to other complex self-states (such as dependency, ambivalence, hatred, and aggression)? What are the moral implications of the loving attitude? How might love be understood as political emotion—as an “ethic of care” toward the other? Does the absence of love help to explain various forms of social pathology, like racism? Does the concept of love promote a deeper psychoanalytic understanding of societal repair, forgiveness, apology? These are just a few of the many questions that animate current discussions around love, being in love, and loving. The goal of this year’s conference is to unpack this deceptively simple concept, exploring the protean forms and functions “love” assumes at the personal, social, cultural, and political levels.”

The Call for Proposals is  available here. Consider organizing a session!

Details on registration and location of meetings can be found on the UCIPC Annual Meeting Page.  Consider registering early!

Graduate students are encouraged to contact us for more information on attending.  We anticipate that a small number of fellowships will be available to fund student attendees.  Contact Jeffrey Prager for more information.