Announcing the Section V 2018 Student Essay contest

$500 Prize for the Best Graduate Student Essay

Mapping Self & Other Destruction:

Applications of Analytic Theory

In the United States, displays of White nationalism increasingly make their way to news outlets and social media forums. The violence erupting in Charlottesville, Virginia earlier this year, and recent data reflecting a rise in hate crimes across the country are causes for concern. As psychoanalytic and psychodynamic practitioners each holding numerous identities and experiences within different professional and community contexts, how might we understand and conceptualize these developments? Further, how might we apply these understandings in the service of effecting positive change in our communities?

Contest Rules: Essays should be no more than 15 double-spaced pages. Deadline is February 15th, 2018. The winner will be announced in April 2018 and the prize awarded at the Spring 2018 Meeting of Division 39. The prize-winning essay, as well as any essays eligible for honorable mention, will be posted on the Section V website. All participants will receive free membership to Section V for one year.

Eligibility: To participate in the contest, you must be a Graduate Student in Psychology (or related field) or Post-Doctoral Resident. There are no other preconditions.

Submit to: Section V Student Essay Contest at Please submit your essay in an attachment without your name on it. In the body of your email, list your name, pronouns, phone number, address, preferred email, and the name of the school and program you attend.

Questions: E-mail questions to or

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