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Neo-fascism and the Unregulated Body: Sites of Persecution and Resistance is a Course

Neo-fascism and the Unregulated Body: Sites of Persecution and Resistance


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Saturday, March 2, 2024 | 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM (ET) | Fully Online Workshop


This workshop examines the moralizing tropes that have infused fascism. Utilizing the lens of psychoanalysis, history and social critique, Drs. Sue Grand and Komal Choksi will contextualize the threat of neo-fascism in contemporary America. Specifically, this dialogue will examine the sanctified and demonized embodiments around which these movements cohere. Rather than peripheral to persecutory systems, this workshop suggests that a fixation on 'deviant' embodiments is foundational to these systems. Drs. Grand and Choksi will ask how, and why, these tropes operate.

Ambiguous embodiments - in the realm of sex, gender, race, religion, and ethnicity - seem to defy persecutory splitting and threaten these systems with destabilization. Inciting escalating controls and violence, this 'deviance' becomes a site for persecution AND resistance, even as fascism creates its own borderline figurations exempt from its moral splits. Readings will be distributed before the workshop for discussion.

Learning Objectives:

At the conclusion of this workshop, attendees will be able to: 

  1. Identify moral splitting in totalitarianism.
  2. Demonstrate understanding of the demonized role that "deviance" and "perversion" play in sustaining fascist movements.
  3. Assess ambiguous embodiments as sites of resistance and control.

Timeline and Requirements:

The course will take place on Saturday, March 2, 2024. This workshop is presenter-led and is a fully online experience. This will be conducted synchronously online via Zoom from 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM (ET). 

CE Sponsorship: 

This lecture does not offer CEs for other clinicians not listed below, and we only grant CEs for synchronous attendance of events. Participants must attend the workshop in full and complete the post event survey to be eligible to receive CEs.

University Counseling Services of Boston College is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. As a co-sponsor of this program, University Counseling Services of Boston College maintains responsibility for this program and its content. Participants will be eligible to receive 3.0 CE units from University Counseling Services of Boston College.

The Lynch School of Education and Human Development is providing sponsorship for CEUs for Licensed Mental Health Counselors (LMHC). Participants will be eligible to receive 3.0 CE units. These credits are accepted by the Massachusetts Board of Registration for Licensed Mental Health Counselors (Category I contact hours in Content Area I).

This program has been approved for 3.0 Social Work Continuing Education hours for relicensure, in accordance with 258 CMR. NASW-MA Chapter CE Approval Program Authorization Number D 92378-1

Fees & Policies:

Payment is due by credit card at registration. Registration closes March 2 at 10:00 AM. Refunds will be granted only up until the start of the workshop. No refunds will be granted for registration or technical errors on the participant's part (such as incorrect name/email, login failure, etc.).

We strive to host inclusive, accessible events that enable all individuals to engage fully. If you need to request an accommodation or ask a question about accessibility, please contact

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Conflict of Interest Notification

A potential conflict of interest, commercial support, and/or commercial interest applies to sponsoring organizations, the presenter, and the content of the presentation. Participants are advised that the presenter's books are listed on the promotional materials and will be referenced in the professional development. Thus, there are potential biases inherent in accepting inducements that might affect the selection of texts, the use of particular tests, and/or sponsorship of CE courses. During this program, Dr. Sue Grand will discuss the utility/validity of the content/approach offered as well as the limitations of the approach and the most common (and severe) risks, if any exist.


Dr. Sue Grand is faculty at the NYU Postdoctoral Program in Psychoanalysis; faculty at the Mitchell Center for Relational Psychoanalysis; faculty at the National Institute for the Psychotherapies; visiting scholar at The Psychoanalytic Association of Northern California; and visiting scholar at the Chicago Center for Psychoanalysis. She is on the editorial boards of Psychoanalytic Dialogues and Psychoanalysis, Culture and Society, and is the author of The Reproduction of Evil: a Clinical and Cultural Perspective and The Hero in the Mirror: from Fear to Fortitude. She is the co-author of the upcoming book, Trans-generational Transmission: A Contemporary Introduction. She practices in Teaneck, N.J. and NYC.