IPA Journal Club

L'IPA Journal Club (JC), moderato da Jack Drescher, MD, è un progetto dell'IPA Communications Committee. Si riunirà 5-6 volte per anno accademico per 75 minuti. Ogni incontro, in formato webinar, sarà in inglese e vedrà la partecipazione di un autore ospite che discuterà con gli iscritti un articolo da loro pubblicato. Gli incontri saranno registrati e pubblicati online sul canale YouTube dell'IPA per la visione da parte del grande pubblico.  


13 settembre 2024
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Tarek El-Ariss, PhD : Water on Fire: A Memoir of War

13 settembre 2024


The IPA Journal Club (JC) is a project of the IPA Communications Committee. It meets 6 times per academic year (September-June) on Fridays at 4 PM (16:00) London time for 75 minutes. 
Each meeting, in webinar format, is in English and features a guest author who discusses with registrants an article or chapter they have published. The meetings are recorded and later posted online at the IPA website and on the IPA YouTube channel for viewing by the general public. 

The JC’s first meeting of the 2024-2025 academic year features Tarek El-Ariss, PhD on Friday, September 13th, 2024, at 4-5:15 p.m. (16:00-17:15) London time.

Registration, which is free of charge, is open to IPA members and candidates, other interested mental health professionals, scholars and academics. A downloadable copy of the paper is available to registrants. Ideally, all registrants will have read the paper beforehand and have an opportunity to ask questions or make comments to the guest author.

El-Ariss, T. (2024). “On 9/11.” Chapter 12 in: Water on Fire: A Memoir of War. New York: Other Press, pp. 239-253.

Water on Fire tells a story of immigration that starts in a Beirut devastated by the Lebanese Civil War (1975–90), continues with experiences of displacement in Europe and Africa, moves to northeastern American towns battered by lake-effect snow and economic woes, and ends in New York City on 9/11. A story of loss, but also of evolution, it models a kind of resilience inflected with humor, daring, and irreverence.

Alternating between his perspective as a child and as an adult, the book explores how one lives with trauma, poignantly illustrating the profound impact of war on the perception of the world, fears and longings. This memoir is at once historical and universal, intellectual and introspective, the outcome of a long and painful process of excavation from a psychoanalytic perspective that reveals internal turmoil and the predicament of conflict and separation. A contemporary “interpretation of dreams” dealing with monsters, invisible creatures, skin outbreaks, and the sea, it is a book about objects and elements, like water and fire, and about how encountering these elements triggers associations, connecting present and past, time and space.

The book club will be discussing Water on Fire’s final chapter, entitled “On 9/11.”

The IPA Journal Club would like to thank the book’s publisher, Other Press, for giving permission to share this chapter with attendees. 

Tarek El-Ariss, PhD, is the James Wright Professor and Chair of Middle Eastern Studies at Dartmouth College. Born and raised in Beirut during the Civil War (1975-1990) and trained in psychoanalysis, philosophy, and comparative literature, his work deals with questions of displacement, war, and desire. He has written about disoriented travelers, outcasts, queers, hackers, and characters with complicated relations to home and power. He is the author of Trials of Arab Modernity: Literary Affects and the New Political (Fordham, 2013) and Leaks, Hacks, and Scandals: Arab Culture in the Digital Age (Princeton, 2019), and editor of The Arab Renaissance: A Bilingual Anthology of the Nahda (MLA, 2018). His work has been reviewed in The New York Times, Times Literary Supplement, and Choice. In 2021, he received a Guggenheim Fellowship to complete his war memoir, Water on Fire (Other Press, 2024). 


Il moderatore abituale del Journal Club è Jack Drescher, MD

Jack Drescher, medico, membro del Comitato per le comunicazioni dell'IPA, è uno psichiatra e psicoanalista a New York City. Destinatario del Mary S. Sigourney Award 2022 per il suo lavoro internazionale su genere e sessualità, il dottor Drescher fa parte delle facoltà del William Alanson White Institute, del Programma post-dottorato in psicoterapia e psicoanalisi della New York University, del Columbia University Center for Psychoanalytic Formazione e Ricerca e il Florida Psychoanalytic Center. È anche professore clinico di psichiatria alla Columbia. È un direttore generale eletto dell'American Psychoanalytic Association. Le sue pubblicazioni sono state tradotte in numerose lingue. È autore di Psychoanalytic Therapy and the Gay Man (Routledge) ed editore emerito del Journal of Gay and Lesbian Mental Health. 

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