BPSI Resources on Race, Diversity, and Otherness

Psychoanalytic and Interdisciplinary Voices

As one of many initiatives to fulfill BPSI’s Anti-Racism Commitment we offer this Resource Page to our colleagues and the public, in hopes of promoting reflection, dialogue, and psychoanalytic scholarship to address the problems of systemic racism.

We thank the many colleagues contributing to this Resources Page. In particular we thank the APsaA and the DPE Section on Diversities, whose resources list provided the base and inspiration for our BPSI Resources project. We thank Olga Umansky, BPSI’s Hanns Sachs Librarian and Archivist, for her invaluable work. We are deeply grateful to Deborah Choate, Karen Melikian, and Cecilia Mikalac for their recent donations of books to enrich our Social Awareness collection.

We envision this as an evolving Resources list being updated regularly, and we invite and welcome your suggestions. While the initial contributions are focused on race, we intend to build the list to include more resources on diversities and otherness. Please tell us your ideas here or by writing to Olga Umansky at library@bpsi.org, or by writing to any member of the BPSI Leadership Team: Jim Barron, Jack Foehl, Catherine Kimble, Dan Mollod, or Carole Nathan.

Updated March 29, 2021

What is New?

New articles by Julie Jaffee, Mark J. Blechner, Margarita Cereijido, and the Holmes Commission on Racial Equality in The American Psychoanalyst, Vol 55(1), Winter/Spring 2021

Crew, S. (2021, March 22). Confronting Racism, Discrimination and Othering. William Alanson White Institute of Psychiatry, Psychoanalysis, and Psychology. Click here to watch on YouTube. 

Cheng, A. (2021, February 21). What This Wave of Anti-Asian Violence Reveals About America. New York Times

Davids, M. Fakhry (2021, March 16). Interview about his book Internal Racism: A Psychoanalytic Approach to Race and Difference on New Books in Psychoanalysis podcast. Click here to listen.

Wortham, J. and Morris, W. (2021, March 18). The N-Word. Still Processing. Click here to listen 

New Psychoanalytic Papers  (2020)

Available from the BPSI library

  • Caflisch, J. (2020) “When Reparation Is Felt to Be Impossible”: Persecutory Guilt and Breakdowns in Thinking and Dialogue about Race. Psychoanalytic Dialogues, 30(5): 578-594. DOI:
  • Hart, A. (2020). Principles For Teaching Issues Of Diversity In A Psychoanalytic Context. Contemporary Psychoanalysis. DOI: 10.1080/00107530.2020.1760084 (see this and other Latest Articles on race and diversity published online by Contemporary Psychoanalysis in Aug 2020).
  • Hartman, S. (2020). Binded by the White: A Discussion of “Fanon’s Vision of Embodied Racism for Psychoanalytic Theory and Practice”. Psychoanalytic Dialogues, 30(3), 317-324. DOI: 10.1080/10481885.2020.1744965
  • Jones, A.L. (2020). A Black Woman as an American Analyst: Some Observations From One Woman’s Life Over Four Decades. Studies in Gender and Sexuality, 21(2): 77-84. DOI:10.1080/15240657.2020.1760013
  • Knoblauch, S.H. (2020). Fanon’s Vision of Embodied Racism for Psychoanalytic Theory and Practice. Psychoanalytic Dialogues, 30(3), 299-316. DOI: 10.1080/10481885.2020.1744966
  • Knoblauch, S. H. (2020). Beyond Racial Visibility and Invisible: Reply to Hartman and Sheehi. Psychoanalytic Dialogues, 30(3), 331-335. DOI: 10.1080/10481885.2020.1744967
  • Powell, D. R. (2020). From the Sunken Place to the Shitty Pace: The Film Get Out, Psychic Emancipation and Modern Race Relations from a Psychodynamic Clinical Perspective. Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 89(3), 415-445. DOI: 10.1080/00332828.2020.1767486
  • Shah, D. (2020) Dangerous Territory: Racist Moments in the Psychoanalytic Space. The Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 89(3): 399-413. DOI: 10.1080/00332828.2020.1766935
  • Sheehi, L. (2020). The Reality Principle: Fanonian Undoing, Unlearning, and Decentering: A Discussion of “Fanon’s Vision of Embodied Racism for Psychoanalytic Theory and Practice”. Psychoanalytic Dialogues, 30(3), 325-330. DOI: 10.1080/10481885.2020.1744972
  • Stephens, M. (2020). Getting Next to Ourselves: The Interpersonal Dimensions of Double-Consciousness. Contemporary Psychoanalysis, 56(2-3), 201-225. DOI: 10.1080/00107530.2020.1776095
  • Suslovic, B. (2020) Mitigating racial loneliness as transformative psychoanalytic work. Psychoanalytic Culture and Society (25), 480–489 DOI: 10.1057/s41282-020-00175-4
  • Woods, A. (2020). The work before us: Whiteness and the psychoanalytic institute. Psychoanalysis, Culture, and Society, 25, 230–249. DOI: 10.1057/s41282-019-00155-3



Many are available in the BPSI Library


Fiction, Poetry and Memoir

Select Psychoanalytic Papers 

Available on PEP and from the BPSI Library

Resources from APsaA and the DPE Section on Diversities

With thanks to APsaA and the DPE Section on Diversities chaired by Dr. Anton Hart, ApsaA has created an extensive resource page including films, podcasts, and papers, many of which have informed our BPSI Resource page.  For the full listing, go to https://apsa.org/addressing-racism. Of special attention are:

  • The American Psychoanalyst, Vol 55(1), Winter/Spring 2021
    • Covid-19, George Floyd, Racism, Psychoanalysis, and Music by Julie Jaffee Nagel (p. 7, 34)
    • Analyzing Psychoanalytic Racism by Mark J. Blechner (p. 11-13)
    • Notes from the Inaugural Meeting of the Holmes Commission on Racial Equality in APsaA with Dorothy E. Holmes, Dionne R. Powell, Anton Hart, Beverly J. Stoute (p. 13-15)
    • A Psychoanalytic Approach to Combating Racism by Margarita Cereijido (p. 29)

BPSI Programs and Publications

BPSI audio-recorded the 2019 program “Facets of Race in Psychoanalysis” with Celia Brickman, PhD, and Francisco Gonzalez, MD. BPSI, December 7, 2019. Click here to listen.

BPSI’s journal American Imago published papers from the 2018 BPSI Conference “Race, Racism, and Emancipation: Can We See Ourselves as We Are?” along with a paper by Dorothy Evans Holmes:

Interdisciplinary Papers and Work

BPSI Public Voices

BPSI Members’ Op-Eds/Off-the-Couch/Blogs/Interviews

In the Media

Books from the BPSI Library

Social Awareness Shelf

From The BPSI Archives:

  • Tributes to Frances Bonner. PINE Newsletter (2001, Spring/Summer). PINE Collection, The BPSI Archives.
  • Orlando Lightfoot, MD. Interview to Sanford Gifford, MD (2001, May 21). [Audio recordings]. Oral History Interviews, The BPSI Archives.
  • Charles Pinderhughes, MD. Interview by Sanford Gifford (1994, December 7). [Transcript]. Oral History Transcripts, BPSI Archives.
  • Brown vs. Board of Education materials. Louisa Pinkham Howe Papers. The BPSI Archives.
  • Howe (Holt), Louisa Pinkham. Interviews to Catherine Holt and David J. Kallen (1995-1996). [Transcripts]. Oral History Transcripts, The BPSI Archives.

Curated Reading lists

Collective Resource Sites

A crowd-sourced repository with resources in 23 languages with an emphasis on conversations within immigrant communities and families about Black Lives Matter and systemic racism.