BPSI Resources on Race, Equity, 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 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: Jack Foehl, Catherine Kimble, Jim Barron, Donna Fromberg, or Carole Nathan.

Updated Nov 19, 2021

What is New?

Archangelo, A. & O’Loughlin, M. (2021) Exploring Racial Formation in Children: Thoughts from an Encounter with Black Children in Brazil. Journal of Infant, Child, and Adolescent Psychotherapy, 20(3): 215-229.

Dr. Cecil R. Webster’s recent appearance on WGBH Basic Black (2021, Nov 5). The Other C: Avoiding Or Delaying Care Because Of The Pandemic. Click here to watch.

Murphy, L.T. & Alexander-Floyd, N. (2021, November 15). Confronting Racism, Discrimination and Othering: Views from Around the World [Video]. William Alanson White Institute of Psychiatry, Psychoanalysis, and Psychology. Click here to watch on YouTube.

Opening Doors: Race, Conversation, and Song. Music and Interview Series hosted by Alastair Moock and presented in collaboration with the Melrose Unitarian Universalist Church Anti-Racism Team. [Click here to watch the videos of past shows].

New Psychoanalytic Papers (2020-2021)

Available from the BPSI library

  • Adams, C.J. (2021). Black Youth: Self-making, Creativity and the Assertion of Hybrid Black Identities. The Psychoanalytic Study of the Child, 74(1): 59-76. DOI: 10.1080/00797308.2020.1859268
  • Ashraf, D. (2021). A Conversation about Implicit Armor and Racial Identity. Psychoanalysis Today, 14: https://www.psychoanalysis.today/en-GB/PT-Articles/Ashraf161794/A-Conversation-about-Implicit-Armor-and-Racial-Ide.aspx
  • Archangelo, A. & O’Loughlin, M. (2021) Exploring Racial Formation in Children: Thoughts from an Encounter with Black Children in Brazil. Journal of Infant, Child, and Adolescent Psychotherapy, 20(3): 215-229. DOI: 10.1080/15289168.2021.1950485
  • Bass, A. (2021). Murderous Racism as Normal Psychosis: The Case of Dylann Roof. Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association, 69(2), 291–313. DOI: 10.1177/00030651211013539 (see also other articles in the JAPA 69/2 issue on Psychoanalysis, Race, and Racism).
  • Blechner, M.J. (2020) Racism and Psychoanalysis: How They Affect One Another. Contemporary Psychoanalysis, 56(2-3): 245-254. DOI: 10.1080/00107530.2020.1756133
  • Burch, B. (2021). Engaging the Whitewashed Countertransference: Race Unexpectedly Appears for Therapy. Psychoanalytic Dialogues, 31(1): 28-37. DOI: 10.1080/10481885.2020.1863079
  • 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: 10.1080/10481885.2020.1797402
  • Cardenal, M. (2021). Special Time: Working with Street Children. Psychoanalytic Dialogues, 31(4): 520. DOI: 10.1080/10481885.2021.1926795
  • Gaztambide, D. J. (2021). What Is the Value of a Vote? Or Black and Latinx Communities as Part-Object. Psychoanalytic Dialogues, 31(1): 122-124. DOI: 10.1080/10481885.2020.1863086
  • González, F.J. & Rachael Peltz, R. (2021). Community Psychoanalysis: Collaborative Practice as Intervention. Psychoanalytic Dialogues, 31(4): 409-427. DOI: 10.1080/10481885.2021.1926788
  • 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
  • Holmes, D. E. (2021). “I Do Not Have a Racist Bone in My Body”: Psychoanalytic Perspectives on What is Lost and Not Mourned in Our Culture’s Persistent Racism. Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association, 69(2), 237–258. DOI: 10.1177/00030651211009518 (see also other articles in the JAPA 69/2 issue on Psychoanalysis, Race, and Racism).
  • 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
  • Merson, M. (2021). The Whiteness Taboo: Interrogating Whiteness in Psychoanalysis. Psychoanalytic Dialogues, 31(1): 13-27, DOI: 10.1080/10481885.2020.1863092
  • Moss, D. (2021). On Having Whiteness. Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association, 69(2), 355–371. DOI: 10.1177/00030651211008507 (see also other articles in the JAPA 69/2 issue on Psychoanalysis, Race, and Racism).
  • Patel, P. & Graham, T.M. (2021). A Psychoanalysis for the Black Vertically Infected HIV-Positive Adolescent. Psychoanalytic Dialogues, 31(4): 514-515. DOI: 10.1080/10481885.2021.1926798
  • Powell, D.R. (2021). Race Matters in Psychoanalytic Education. Psychoanalysis Today, 14: https://www.psychoanalysis.today/en-GB/PT-Articles/Powell139922/Race-Matters-in-Psychoanalytic-Education.aspx
  • 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
  • Reynoso, J.S. (2021) The Racist Within. The Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 90(1): 49-76. DOI: 10.1080/00332828.2021.1850143
  • Rudden, M.G. (2021). Systemic Racism and Othering within Government Agencies: A Psychoanalytic Interpretation of Environmental Injustice in the Flint, Michigan Water Crisis. The Psychoanalytic Study of the Child, 74(1): 90-104. DOI: 10.1080/00797308.2020.1859292
  • 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
  • Slevin, M. (2021). Of Being and Becoming: Psychoanalysis, Race and Class in an Urban ER. The Psychoanalytic Study of the Child, 74(1): 77-89. DOI: 10.1080/00797308.2020.1859295
  • Slobodin, O. & Ziv-Beiman, S. (2021). “Keeping Culture in Mind”: Relational Thinking and the Bedouin Community. Psychoanalytic Dialogues, 31(4): 450-467. DOI: 10.1080/10481885.2021.1925284
  • 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
  • Stoute, B. J. (2021). Black Rage: The Psychic Adaptation to the Trauma of Oppression. Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association, 69(2), 259–290. DOI: 10.1177/00030651211014207 (see also other articles in the JAPA 69/2 issue on Psychoanalysis, Race, and Racism).
  • Stoute, B.J & Slevin, M. (2021). Introduction – African American Children in the World of Structural Racism: Psychoanalytic Perspectives. The Psychoanalytic Study of the Child, 74(1): 44-46. DOI: 10.1080/00797308.2020.1859297
  • Suslovic, B. (2020) Mitigating racial loneliness as transformative psychoanalytic work. Psychoanalytic Culture and Society (25), 480–489 DOI: 10.1057/s41282-020-00175-4
  • Vaughans, K.C. (2021). Black Boys in the Eye of the Storm, The Psychoanalytic Study of the Child, 74(1): 47-58. DOI: 10.1080/00797308.2020.1859300 https://doi.org/10.1080/00797308.2020.1859300
  • 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(2), Spring/Summer 2021
    • Margaret Morgan Lawrence: Honoring a Trailblazer by Susan C. Vaughan (p. 1, 4-6, 33-34)
    • Kimberlyn Leary On Psychoanalysis and Social Equity: An Interview with Justin Shubert, Diversity Editor (p. 16-18)
  • 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

Articles and Blog Posts:


Video Programs and Event Recordings:

Books from the BPSI Library

We are deeply grateful to Deborah Choate, Karen Melikian, and Cecilia Mikalac for their recent donations of books to enrich our Social Awareness collection.

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.