ROOM 2.18 A sketchbook for Analytic Action

20 February, 2018 by Aneta Stojnic | 0 comments

ROOM 2.18 A sketchbook for Analytic Action

ROOM is a psychoanalytic space responding to our times — and the interplay between the public and private spheres is fully apparent in this anniversary issue.

ROOM is a psychoanalytic space responding to our times — and the interplay between the public and private spheres is fully apparent in this anniversary issue. 

Topics in the ROOM unfold at the intersection of psychoanalises, politics, art, literature and activism. Through disciplines that share with psychoanalysis a capacity to uncover the hard to reach corners of our humanity, ROOM is devoted to maintaining a connection to each other and to our analytic roots in the midst of a frightening political reality. ROOM is not sequestered within a closed analytic circle. Like psychoanalysis, ROOM is open to all. Pausing to feel and pausing to think is the foundation of all analytic work. Modeled after this psychoanalytic tenet, each issue of ROOM is an artifact of close listening – listening to one another and listening to ourselves. Each issue of ROOM is an opportunity to pause in a new literary and artistic space offering interdisciplinary reflection in these most precarious of times. We don’t know where the next issue of ROOM will take us any more than we can know where a single psychoanalytic hour might lead, but the editors who have begun this project take heart that the material in ROOM is deepening as we go. Together it may be possible to find new ways, in these dark times, to come to new ground. This is ROOM’s view: Strengthening the continuity of our community by sharing meaning where we find it is analytic action.

ROOM’s public mission is to remain a space that furthers our capacity to keep alive, keep well, and, in these terrifying and sometimes mind-numbing times, keep awake. 

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- Subscribe to ROOM.  

- Send ROOM to your friends and colleagues.  

- Contribute your voice: Our next submission cycle ends May 1, 2018. 


the editorial room: Gila Ashtor, Phyllis Beren, Elizabeth Evert, Janet Fisher, Richard Grose, Maria Izaguirre,  Hattie Myers, Sonal Soni, Aneta Stojnić


Here is “What’s at Play” in our Anniversary edition ROOM 2.18: a Sketchbook for Analytic Action:

1. Betty Teng evokes a collective experience of trauma through the generalizations she draws from her clinical work with trauma victims and through the cultural artifacts she uses in her art. 

2. Natalie Korytnyk Forrester’s deeply private pain finds universal resonance in integrative work resulting in powerful and heartbreaking sculptures. 

3. Stefanie Hofer describes the singular knowledge she carries as a mother unable to protect her small child from the ubiquitous violence that exists undigested and unabated in American culture. 

4. Ann Kaplan, a child of activist psychoanalysts, turns back to pick up the pieces her parents left undone. 

5. Young-Ran Kim poetically and musically illustrates the analytic paradox of discovering universal truths through the deep recognition of individual difference from her perspective as a patient and a therapist. 

6. Sara Taber’s poem “Camus for Fractured Times” and Diane Seuss’s poem “Still Life With Dictator” push beyond prose to touch the edge of an abyss. 

7. Richard B. Grose recalls  the work of Osip Mandelstam during the years of Stalin. 

8. Joanna Goodman’s ink and alcohol rendering, Political and Francesca Schwartz’s bone sculptures, The Space Between, interrogate two kinds of abject interiorities.

9. Margaret Fulton’s seminal essay - What’s at Play - the essay that was rejected by her institute for in November 2016 for being “too political.”


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