Psychoanalysis and Revolution

Psychoanalysis and Revolution: Critical Psychology for Liberation Movements

A manifesto by Ian Parker and David Pavón-Cuéllar

Different specially-commissioned prefaces to the manifesto will appear in the locally translated and published versions around the world

This site includes links to the prefaces and manifesto texts as they become available

Psychoanalysis and Revolution: Critical Psychology for Liberation Movements is out in the world, published first in Russian by Horizontal Publishers. A link for the Horizontal book is here: https://horizontal.pub/books/parker-pavoncuellar A brief video about the book to publicise it, and which has Russian sub-titles, is here: https://youtu.be/Ddk_vW0vQ-I

We have a website for the book – www.psychoanalysisrevolution.com – which will be updated with news about progress with the project and, when new language versions appear, publication links together with the prefaces specially written for different contexts. The preface for the Russian edition, by Vadim Kvachev, is available now, translated into English here: https://psychoanalysisrevolution.files.wordpress.com/2021/08/manifesto-preface-russian-eng-21-08-22.pdf We are endeavouring, where possible, to make downloads of different editions of the manifesto available for free. There is a Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/Psychoanalysisandrevolution Please like and share it.

The manifesto is now also being translated, or will be soon, from the English and Spanish language versions that we produced into different languages; into Arabic, Bahasa, Chinese, Danish, Farsi, German, Greek, Hindi, Italian, Kurdish, Malayalam, Portuguese, Serbo-Croat, Slovenian, Tagalog, Turkish and Urdu. We know that the Arabic version has been cleared by the censors in Cairo – we admit to our surprise – and we will let you know when we have a link for that version when it is published. The Italian version is scheduled for publication in September, and a link for that will be available soon.

We will have a news update very soon about the English language edition, which will be published by 1968 Press. There is an interview with Ian conducted by Alfie at 1968 Press on their blog here: https://www.1968press.co.uk/post/psychoanalysis-and-revolution-interview-with-ian-parker

This is the blurb being used for the cover of different versions of the book: ‘What is revolutionary about psychoanalysis, and why should those of us concerned with political praxis take it seriously? This manifesto is an argument for connecting social transformation with personal liberation, showing that the two aspects of profound change can be intimately linked together using psychoanalysis. The manifesto explores what lies beyond us, what we keep repeating, what pushes and pulls us to stay the same and to change, and how those phenomena are transferred into clinical space. This book is not uncritical of psychoanalysis, and transforms it so that liberation movements can transform the world.’

We have been very lucky to be in contact with some enthusiastic colleagues who have been able to take up the challenge to translate and publish the book, and we want to be in contact with those who could take it into other languages. We have drawn a blank in some places. In some other places we are making slower progress. In some cases where we cannot find a local publisher we may just put translations online. If you can help, contact us. You will notice which languages are missing. We know that translation is creative work, and give rights to the book to local translators and publishers.  

We are keen to collate critical responses to the manifesto. It is by no means perfect, and we need to be able to collectively reflect on its limitations and work out how to improve it.

We are circulating this update to our translators and publishers around the world, and to anyone else who wants to keep in touch with progress on the project. If you do want the next updates, let Ian know at discourseunit@gmail.com

August 2021

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