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Date: Mon, 1 Oct 2007 16:29:51 -0400
Subject: [Nietzsche] Seminar/Study Group on the Psychological Interpretation


	



Seminar/Study Group on the Psychological Interpretation of War at Fordham
University beginning October 12, 7:00 PM

	
	


Dear Colleague,

The seminar/study group on the Psychological Interpretation of War with
Richard Koenigsberg at Fordham University's Lincoln Center Campus (113 W.
60th St.) will begin Friday evening, October 12. A few places are still
available.

We seek PSYCHOLOGISTS and other insightful people who wish to work with Dr.
Koenigsberg to forge a new approach to the study of warfare and other forms
of political violence.

Psychology for many years has studied pathologies of individuals. THE TIME
IS RIPE TO DEVELOP A METHODOLOGY AND THEORY THAT ALLOWS US TO STUDY THE
PSYCHOPATHOLOGY OF GROUPS.

The seminar will begin on Friday, October 12 and run through ten evenings.
See list of exact dates below.

SEMINARS WILL TAKE PLACE 7 TO 9 PM.

  _____  

If you wish to attend the first session on October 12, 2007, please send an
email to:  <mailto:oanderson-AT-ideologiesofwar.com>
oanderson-AT-ideologiesofwar.com

  _____  


The meetings will consist of presentations by Dr. Koenigsberg--followed by
intensive discussions in which everyone participates. We will develop
methods and theories allowing us to bring psychological insight and
understanding into the interpretation of political phenomena.

Participants in the Seminar will help to develop--with Dr. Koenigsberg--a
powerful approach toward analyzing and interpreting political ideologies and
the violence they generate. PARTICIPANTS' OWN WORK WILL BE CONSIDERED FOR:

1.	 Publication in the IDEOLOGIES OF WAR AND TERROR Newsletter, which
reaches 25,000 scholars.
2.	Publication on the website of the CENTER FOR THE STUDY OF WAR,
GENOCIDE AND TERRORISM
<http://rs6.net/tn.jsp?t=hun7cfcab.0.0.85y8w8n6.0&p=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.ideolog
iesofwar.com%2F&id=preview> .
3.	Publication of a Chapter in the Volume "Dying and Killing for
Nations: The Meaning of Warfare in the Twentieth and Twenty-First
Centuries." This book already is under contract with INFORMATION AGE
PUBLISHING.
4.	Participation in an international, interdisciplinary seminar that is
expected to occur in April 2008.

  _____  

If you wish to attend the first session on October 12, 2007, please send an
email to:  <mailto:oanderson-AT-ideologiesofwar.com>
oanderson-AT-ideologiesofwar.com

  _____  


The seminar will focus on the following topics:

(1) THE DEVELOPMENT OF A CLINICAL METHODOLOGY FOR ANALYZING POLITICAL
PHENOMENA: Psychologists are comfortable approaching individuals within a
clinical frame-of-reference. Why do we hesitate to adopt a clinical posture
in relationship to destructive societal processes? We will discuss a method
for disidentifying with our own nations and belief-systems--in order to
adopt a posture of neutrality that allows us to interrogate the sources of
societal violence.

(2) A METHOD FOR ANALYZING POLITICAL TEXTS: HITLER AND THE HOLOCAUST: By
analyzing words, metaphors and images contained within the rhetoric of
political leaders who generate societal violence, it is possible to discern
hidden narratives or fantasies contained within the texts. Focusing on the
language of Nazism, Dr. Koenigsberg will show how Hitler's words led to the
Final Solution. What were the thought processes or fantasies that led to the
Holocaust? Why did Hitler believe that it was necessary to exterminate the
Jewish people?

(3) ENEMY-CREATION: Societies often believe that certain classes of people
constitute a threat to their nation's survival. In this seminar, we will pay
special attention to the psycho-social process of "enemy creation:" How
societies single out certain classes of people--designate them as
"evil"--and then wage war as the vehicle for destroying evil. We often think
of "real dangers" posed by enemies. However, focusing on Hitler's attitude
toward Jews, we will come to see how extraordinary acts of violence may be
undertaken against "enemies" that pose no threat whatsoever.

(4) SELF-SACRIFICE AND DEVOTION TO SACRED OBJECTS: People often think of
warfare as "aggression." Perhaps it is more appropriate to understand
warfare as a form of sacrifice--not unlike the martyrdom of
terrorists--whereby people die and kill in order to demonstrate devotion to
an idealized object. What is the nature of the "love" for one's nation that
generates a willingness to kill and die in its name?

  _____  

If you wish to attend the first session on October 12, 2007, please send an
email to:  <mailto:oanderson-AT-ideologiesofwar.com>
oanderson-AT-ideologiesofwar.com

  _____  


(5) AMERICA'S RETURN TO AN IDEOLOGY OF WARFARE: In the 1990s, it seemed that
warfare was on the wane. U. S. foreign policy revolved around "averting
casualties." After September 11, 2001, the U. S. resurrected the ideology of
warfare. It was not enough to capture Osama Bin Laden. Rather, the "war on
terror" sought destruction of any and all "evil enemies." The U. S. would
return to what it once had been: a heroic nation willing to sacrifice the
lives of people in the name of its sacred ideals.

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To Reach Fordham University's Lincoln Center Campus by Subway. The A, B, C,
D, 1, and 9 subway trains all stop at 59th Street/Columbus Circle. The
campus is located one block north of 59th Street on 60th Street. Walk one
block from CPW on 60th Street. The entrance is located at 113 W. 60th
Street.

At the entrance tell the guard that you are attending the Seminar (or
Koenigsberg's Seminar) in Room 311. Take the escalator to the 1st floor and
elevator to the third floor. Turn left when you get off the elevator. Room
311 is located near the end of the hallway on the left.

Dates:

October 12: (1)
October 19: (2)
October 26: (3)
November 2: (4)
November 9: (5)
November 16: (6)
November 23: (Thanksgiving break)
November 30: (7)
December 7: (8)
December 14: (9)
December 21: (10)

	


 

 

	
	

 

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