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Enmeshed Cyberculture: The Self Nexus: Real, Imagined & Virtual
– by Margaret Yard, PhD, APsy, APRN,
Lehman College, CUNY; NYU; Object Relations Institute for Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis
Friday, June 1st, 2018 @ 9:00 am - 9:50 am
Both globally and nationally at this historical turn we are forced to rethink the human presence, the self, and it’s relation to the radical changes marked through the arc of digital colonization in the formation of a cyberculture over the last 48 years. The old concepts of self transmutes while awash in a tsunami of fragmentary, impersonal, non-communication where digital abstractions and data glut predominates and where digital life trumps interpersonal intimacy, mentalizations, self organization. The very concept of mutual relations, of a collaborative polity is under attack, the foundations of attachment and recognition theory neglected, human consciousness is split creating a field of contention over the question of “What is it to be a self”?,” a human self?”
What will be presented is a history of the formation of cyberculture in the formation of a post-personal, post-“self” world. The scope and pervasiveness, both globally, nationally and personally of the effect of digital/virtual electronics on life as database and the destruction of the singularity of reflection is documented. The psychoanalytic effects on self, when selves spend increasing amounts of time in relationship with a computer, iPad, digital phone or other digital devices, not a person is discussed. Recommendations are made for considering the need for stewardship of the polity and the self within mushrooming cyber-life.
At the end of this educational activity, its participants will be able to:
1) identify and analyze the role of cyberculture in the formation of a post-personal, post-“self” world;
2) apply the ideas of the cyberlife and colonization of intersubjectivity to one's practice.
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Bio of the Presenter:
Dr. Margaret Yard, PhD, APRN (email@example.com) is an Asst. Professor, Lehman College, CUNY; Faculty, Psychiatry, NYU School of Medicine; Alumni, Program in International Trauma Studies, Columbia University; Alumni, Adult Psychoanalytic Program and Analytic Group Therapy Programs, Post Graduate Center for Mental Health; Faculty for Psychoanalytic Training, Object Relations Institute and Washington Square Institute. She is a faculty and training supervisor for Chinese American Psychoanalytic Association (CAPA) and teaches psychoanalysis in Beijing and Singapore. Dr Yard is a member of the longstanding Death Seminar at Columbia University and teaches Loss, Grief, Death and Dying to undergraduates and graduate university programs for nurses, administrators, social work and sociology students. Her most recent interest in the cyberculture and its colonization of intersubjectivity.
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