Doing Psychoanalysis in Tehran, Triumphs and Laments

Doing Psychoanalysis in Tehran, Triumphs and Laments

Date(s) - 04/23/2017
10:00 am - 12:00 pm

The MIP International Connections Committee is pleased to invite you to a Sunday morning brunch with

Dr. Gohar Homayounpour, Tehran, Iran

In this talk Dr. Homayounpour will give a general description of ‘Doing Psychoanalysis in Tehran’ (MIT Press, 2012); and its “Triumphs and Laments”, to borrow from William Kentridge. She will also provide a brief overview of the ‘Freudian Group of Tehran’, a group that she founded and has directed since 2007. An attempt will be made to highlight various culturally specific observations based on ten years of clinical psychoanalytic experience living and working in Iran. These observations of social/political/cultural differences, demonstrated through some clinical vignettes, will avoid a relativist point of view, as it is the author’s assertion that in a culturally relativist discourse the adherence, paradoxically, is towards sameness and not difference. A case will be made along the lines of a subversive de-territorizying and de-mapping of psychoanalysis towards geographies of psychoanalysis, without escaping the universality of the human condition, where pain is pain.


Gohar Homayounpour was born in Paris to Iranian parents, she was educated in Canada and the United States, she now lives and works in Tehran. Dr. Homayounpour is an author and a psychoanalyst who belongs to the International Psychoanalytic Association and the American Psychoanalytic association. Training and supervising psychoanalyst of the Freudian Group of Tehran, where she is founder and director. Lecturer at Shahid Beheshti University. Homayounpour has published various psychoanalytic articles, including in the International and Canadian journal of psychoanalysis. Her book “Doing Psychoanalysis inTehran”, the MIT Press August 2012, won the Gradiva award and it has been translated into French, German, Italian, and Turkish. Homayounpour is a member of the scientific board at the Freud Museum in Vienna. Member of the IPA group Geographies of Psychoanalysis, and member of the image task force and translation group of the IPA.

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