The 2017 I. H. Cohn Lecture

The Re-Dawning of the Veil

with Nilufer Yalman, PhD

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Chanin, Nilufer Graduated 2014Date: Friday, October 20, 2017

Time:  7:00 p.m.

Location: Institute Classroom A 8820 Ladue Rd., 3rd Floor, St. Louis, MO 63124

Fee: $25 (Non-refundable)

In today’s world, with its very complex social events, culture clashes, suspicions of anything “different,” it is helpful to have insights to discovering the meanings behind actions and beliefs.

Psychoanalysis, which beams a laser-sharp focus on the “why,”  offers certain unique theoretical tools which, when applied to these complex social events, might provide the potential to understand them better.  One of those topics, the recent upsurge in the veiling of women, will be discussed by our speaker, Nilufer Yalman, PhD, a psychoanalyst and a woman raised in the Turkish Republic, a secular country, which exercised the law of laicite — a complete separation of religious identity and affiliation from public space: “In public you don’t have a religion. You are a citizen of the Republic.”

Are current veiling practices truly a sign of the Muslim world’s clash with modernity and subsequent turn to “fundamentalism,” or something more?

Dr. Yalman will examine this question, and put forth that contemporary practice of veiling is neither a return to traditional Islamic theology, nor about the oppression of women in the Islamic world. It more likely indicates a statement of individuality and of “otherness.” Psychoanalysis helps us confront our short-sightedness, our own veils. It can help us explore what has become a significant cultural, intellectual, and political challenge.

This promises to be a fascinating evening, taking us into a world different than most of us see on a daily basis, and broadening our understanding of those who may seem different.  We hope to see you there.

Nilufer E. Yalman, PhD, is a Nashville-based Faculty member of both the Institute and the Nashville Psychoanalytic Study Group, as well as in private practice.

The I.H. Cohn, MD Lecture was established in 2004 by Thomas and Sally Cohn to honor Mr. Cohn’s father, Isadore H. Cohn, MD. Dr. Cohn was one of the innovators of adolescent and group psychotherapy in New York.