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Subject: Upcoming Symposium on the Psychologies of the Religious Fundamentalist
Date: Thu, 27 May 2004 15:57:10 -0400


Join RICHARD KOENIGSBERG, MICHAEL EIGEN, ANA-MARIA RIZZUTO, WALTER DAVIS,
CHUCK STROZIER, JOEL WHITEBOOK, SUE GRAND, WERNER BOHLEBER, MOISHE HALEVI
SPEROS, JIM JONES and DON MOSS in an online Symposium discussing the
writings of RUTH STEIN and exploring the psychological sources of religious
fundamentalism, political activism and violence.

 

 

NEW PSYBC SYMPOSIUM


 Religious Fundamentalism: Toward a Psychoanalytic Understanding [SPECIAL]:
Dates: June 21 - July 20 

*         The resurgence of religion during the past 35 years has included
the powerful appeal of religious fundamentalism. Fundamentalist movements
are a global phenomenon generally understood to be reactions to aspects of
"modernity" (pluralism, market economies, globalization and human rights
movements) that are experienced as threats to their worldviews and personal
identities. Such fundamentalist movements are problematic not only because
they are increasingly politically active, acting as obstacles to democratic
principles, human rights efforts, and attempts to create economic
improvement, but also because, in some cases, their activism becomes
violent. Indeed, many fundamentalist groups have a high potential for
theocratic politics, the violation of human rights, and violence.

 

*         Given the powerful appeal of religious fundamentalism, the
political activism associated with it, and the availability of weapons of
mass destruction, understanding the psychology of the members, activists,
and leaders of religious fundamentalist movements has become urgent. It has
become crucial to understand the appeal of fundamentalist movements, the
psychological nature of the threat to which they are a response, the
obstacles to entering into dialogue with them, and their vulnerability to
becoming violent. In each case (their anxieties, appeal, obstacles to
dialogue, and vulnerability to violence) there are powerful psychological
forces at play that are only superficially understood and that must be
addressed for social and political solutions to be successful.

We are very pleased to announce the first program of what we hope will
become a series of symposia devoted to the psychological study of religious
fundamentalists.  Our first program will discuss two papers by Ruth Stein.

Evil as Love and as Liberation: The Mind of a Suicidal Religious Terrorist

Fundamentalism and Vertical Desire

The papers will be discussed by a distinguished group of analysts drawn from
all schools of thought. 

 

*         For more information about the panelists and to register go to the
PsyBC's website or Click here
<http://www.psybc.com/symposia_desc.php?series_id=6>  or follow this url:

 

http://www.psybc.com/symposia_desc.php?series_id=6

 

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Richard Koenigsberg's papers on the psychology of Nazism, genocide and war
are now available on-line for researchers and classroom use.

 

The Logic of the Holocaust: Why the Nazis Killed the Jews

 

The Sacrificial Meaning of the Holocaust

 

 

Please Click here <http://home.earthlink.net/~libraryofsocialscience>  or
follow this url:

 

http://home.earthlink.net/~libraryofsocialscience/

 

 

 

 

 

 



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