October 15, 2015 @ 12:00 am – 1:30 am
141 Herrick Road
Newton Center
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2015 Julius Silberger Award for Interdisciplinary Work in Psychoanalysis Lecture

8:00 PM – 9:30 PM
Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute, 141 Herrick Road
Andover Newton Campus, Newton Centre

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Open to the Public

TRANSFORMING THE PAST INTO HISTORY: The Recovery of the Self in Alice Munro’s Autobiographical Fiction

2015 Silberger Scholar Prize Recipient
Christine Maksimowicz, PhD

James Herzog, MD


What can fiction reveal about forms of intersubjective classed injury that have been historically neglected by psychoanalysis? Through an engagement with Alice Munro’s autobiographical fiction, Dr. Maksimowicz will explore how literary texts shed important light on yet unrecognized dimensions of classed trauma as well as illuminate pathways towards healing. She will discuss the ways in which Munro’s different approaches to narrating the same traumatic events in stories written decades apart suggest a transforming psychic relationship with them. Through a comparison of the narrative and psychic splitting in “Royal Beatings” (1978) with the recuperative work embodied in “Fathers” (2006), the presentation will offer insights as to how trauma both structures imaginative writing and is potentially negotiated through the composition of these texts.



Christine Maksimowicz, PhD (Presenter) American Psychoanalytic Association Fellow; Massachusetts Institute for Psychoanalysis-West Fellow

James Herzog, MD (Discussant) Adult Training and Supervising Analyst and Child Supervisory Analyst, Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute



1. Munro, Alice. “Royal Beatings.” The Beggar Maid. Knopf Publishing Group, 2005. [Available upon request from the Library]

2. Munro, Alice. “Fathers.” The View from Castle Rock. Knopf Publishing Group, 2008. [Available upon request from the Library]

About the Julius Silberger Award for Interdisciplinary Work in Psychoanalysis

The Silberger Paper Prize is a part of BPSI’s COMPASS program, The Center for Mulidisciplinary Psychoanalytic Studies.

Each year the Silberger Paper Prize Award is granted to the author of an outstanding paper reflecting an interdisciplinary consideration of psychoanalytic theories or concepts. The award committee welcomes submissions from neighboring fields, including developmental psychology, neuroscience, anthropology, sociology, historical studies, arts and humanities.

The award recipient receives a $1,000 honorarium and opportunities for collaborative engagement with BPSI faculty and Members, leading toward presentation of the paper in the Fall of the next academic year.  View More Info

Next year’s Silberger Paper Prize Award applications are due May 1, 2016.  To learn how to apply, click here.

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This program is FREE.  The target audience for this program is clinicians and academics at all levels.

Continuing Education certification for this event is available for a $30 fee.

The fee is waived for BPSI trainees and members.


Continuing Education

Physicians: This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education through the joint providership of the American Psychoanalytic Association and the Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute. The American Psychoanalytic Association is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians. The American Psychoanalytic Association designates this Live Activity for a maximum of 3 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

IMPORTANT DISCLOSURE INFORMATION FOR ALL LEARNERS: None of the planners and presenters of this CME program have any relevant financial relationships to disclose.

Psychologists: The Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists.  The Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute maintains responsibility for this program and its content.  This activity offers 3 hours of CE credits for psychologists.

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