Other Others: further remarks on transferential materialism
I would like to begin with a concrete example which might help to introduce us to a rather unexplored domain of psychoanalytic theory and to Robert Pfaller's important contribution to its development. The Testimony Clinic – "Clínica do Testemunho" – is a clinical apparatus created in Brazil, under guidance of the Amnesty Commission, with the aim of providing psychic aid to victims of State violence. Originally developed as a recourse to deal with the subjective effects of the civil-military dictatorship which lasted for 21 years, it was later expanded to also address the problem of State violence as it perpetuates itself within the democratic regime, especially through the State's interventions – and lack thereof – in the slums and peripheries of the country.
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