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.


Call for Papers – 22nd Annual UCIPC “Lake Arrowhead Conference”

22nd Annual UCIPC Lake Arrowhead Conference – Call for Papers!

Theme: Psychoanalysis and Love

Dear Members and Prospective Members of the University of California Interdisciplinary Psychoanalytic Consortium:

Our annual conference at the UCLA Lake Arrowhead Conference Center will be held on May 2-4, 2014. The theme of this year’s meeting is “Psychoanalysis and Love.”

We are far ahead of our typical schedule for organizing the program and the meeting, and we hope this will enable more people to commit to coming for the week-end, and to think 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.

The call for workshops and session is available for download via this link:


Free Event at New Center for Psychoanalysis: “LIMOUSINE, MIDNIGHT BLUE: In Memoriam JFK” – A one man performance by Jamey Hecht

“LIMOUSINE, MIDNIGHT BLUE: In Memoriam JFK”—a one man performance by Jamey Hecht

Friday, November 22nd, 2013 at 8pm, New Center for Psychoanalysis (address below). Free admission.

On this day, the 50th anniversary of the Kennedy Assassination, NCP presents a one-man show by actor and author Jamey Hecht, “LIMOUSINE, MIDNIGHT BLUE: In Memoriam JFK.” The script is from Hecht’s book, Limousine, Midnight Blue: Fifty Frames from the Zapruder Film (Red Hen Press, 2009); the live performance is directed by Charles Pasternak, accompanied by a multimedia sight and sound projection. Imagery of the murder and visuals from the verse are offset by footage from presidential interviews and speeches. Epic tradition—i.e., Homer, Dante, Milton—shares the stage with science, religion, and popular culture. Hecht is a classicist, born in 1968, taking advanced training in psychoanalysis at Los Angeles’ New Center for Psychoanalysis (NCP). The production will be in NCP’s beautiful facility on Sawtelle Boulevard in West Los Angeles.

Extracted from a series of sonnets on the JFK assassination, the mixed-media show sizzles with dramatic power. Hecht first reacts to the horrific “Zapruder Film” of JFK’s death and then inhabits the spirit of the slain president who meditates on his own life and sudden end.

The assassination is a shared cultural trauma whose impact is still felt. “Psychoanalysis looks beneath the surface and into the depths–both the Inferno of myth, and the Hell of a violent world. Repression–whether in a person or in a whole society–buries intolerable truths, at a terrible cost that can prevent peace, stability, and insight”, explains Hecht.

For more information, call NCP at 310.478.6541
New Center for Psychoanalysis / 2014 Sawtelle Blvd / Los Angeles, CA / 90025

Free tickets available here: https://www.eventbrite.com/event/9163009809