Wanderley Santos Moreira – Slavery trauma: Afropessimism, psychoanalysis and resistance



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Title: Wanderley Santos Moreira – Slavery trauma: Afropessimism, psychoanalysis and resistance


Wanderley Santos Moreira

In this talk I will use the concept of Afropessimism, coined by Frank Wilderson II, in order to understand how black people’s life experience has been conditioned by the history of slavery and the endurance of slavery trauma. This concept will also be used to bring philosophical and political ideas about racism into the psychoanalytic field where they are mostly absent; psychoanalysis still being a white, heterosexual, middle-class institution. New configurations of thinking and practice must be invented in order to tackle the “social death” which is still imposed on the Black population. Black people individually and collectively reclaiming an unlived life, and our demands to be accepted as fully human by the broader society, are a form of resistance that present a challenge to society including to the field of psychoanalysis.

Wanderley Santos Moreira is qualified as an intercultural, psychodynamic psychotherapist and holds a Master’s degree in psychodynamic psychotherapy, both from the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust, London, UK. He has worked as a psychotherapist in the public sector and has extensive experience in private practice. He has been working as a visitor professor and facilitator on race, mental health, transgenerational trauma and subjects relating to diversity in universities and institutions. Back in Brazil, his home country, Wanderley holds a degree in Psychology and a Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology (treatment and prevention) at the Pontifícia Universidade Católica de São Paulo. There, he had worked for more than 10 years supporting communities in deprived areas to help them to find solutions for the challenges they were facing. He has dedicated more than 20 years researching how structured racism affects communities and people’s wellbeing.



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