Intersectionality: Systems Theory, Laplanchian Models of Otherness, the Incomprehensible

March 22, 2019

Adrienne Harris

Friday, March 22, 7:00PM–9:00PM, Room 7000, SFU Harbour Centre

Co-sponsored by SFU's Institute for the Humanities & the Western Branch Canadian Psychoanalytic Society (WBCPS)

Harris approaches the concept of intersectionality in two different but overlapping ways. First in an interweaving of Laplanche and Crenshaw’s ideas of intersectionality. She considers how Laplanche’s model, in which subjectivity ‘arrives’ from the other will be imbricated with different aspects of subjectivity: gender, sexual desire, racial identity, class and cultural formation, historical markers of trauma. Secondly she reflects on Crenshaw’s ideas of interesectionality as she tracks the disguising of perpetration and the conflicts in identification when subjectivity is seen across race, class, gender and sexuality. 


Dr. Adrienne Harris, Ph.D., is a noted Ferenczi Scholar and a major contributor to the Relational School of Psychoanalysis, and editor of The Relational Perspectives Series of Books. She has many publications elaborating on themes such as the multidimensional contributions to identity formation, gender as a soft assembly, intersectionality in gender identity and sexuality, subjectivity in analysis, and field theory. She combines a background in psychoanalytic theory and practice with a profound understanding of social science theory in her discourse.


Raquel Faria Chapdelaine, Ph.D., is a full-time faculty member in the Psychology Department at Douglas College, New Westminster. Dr. Faria Chapdelaine obtained her Master’s and Ph.D. degrees in Applied Social Psychology from the University of Saskatchewan, Canada. In addition, she has a professional degree in Clinical Psychology from the Pontifical Catholic University in Minas Gerais, Brazil. She has conducted applied research work in the fields of migration and multiculturalism, and is interested in how social psychology and psychoanalysis can contribute to the understanding of prejudice, racism, inequalities, and of the increasing levels of authoritarianism in our times. As the coordinator for the Psychology Service Learning Program at Douglas College, Dr. Faria Chapdelaine taught and supervised students working in the fields of addictions, homelessness, human rights, cognitive disabilities, youth and child development, to mention a few.