Critical psychologist and author Dr Robert K Beshara discusses the psychologisation of Islamophobia through the lens of Jacques Lacan’s university discourse

Saturday  28 January 2023, 17:30 – 18:45 GMT




In this talk, Dr Beshara will unravel the psychologization of Islamophobia drawing on Jacques Lacan’s university discourse (S1→S2→a→$), which, according to Bruce Fink, is “an arm of capitalist production”.

Along the way, he will import theoretico-methodological tools from Edward Said, Enrique Dussel, Walter Mignolo, and others by illustrating an application of decolonial psychoanalysis to critical Islamophobia studies.


Robert K. Beshara is the author of Decolonial Psychoanalysis: Towards Critical Islamophobia Studies (Routledge, 2019) as well as Freud and Said: Contrapuntal Psychoanalysis as Liberation Praxis (Palgrave, 2021). He is also the editor of A Critical Introduction to Psychology (Nova, 2019) and Critical Psychology Praxis: Psychosocial Non-Alignment to Modernity/Coloniality (Routledge, 2021). Further, he is the translator of Mourad Wahba’s (1995) Fundamentalism and Secularization (Bloomsbury, 2022). He is the founder of the Critical Psychology website: He works as an Assistant Professor and Chair of the Department of Arts & Human Sciences at Northern New Mexico College. For more information visit